Bariatric surgeries have become popular in the recent past. Credit it to growing awareness among people or exceeding self-consciousness, there are a lot of people opting for bariatric surgery. Recently, doctors across the city say there is a rising trend among people who come for bariatric surgery to get post-surgery body contouring procedures done for removal of saggy skin and for restoration of normal body shape and image.
These body contouring procedures include multiple procedures like face-lift, neck lift, breast left (mastopexy), tummy tuck, body lift, belt lipectomy, thigh lift, buttock lift, medial arm lift (brachioplasty) etc. Doctors in the city say these cases are rising now and the probable cause is obviously the need to maintain a positive body image and to look attractive and ‘presentable’.
“We are seeing a rise in bariatric cases- mainly due to increase in lifestyle diseases and obesity and diabetes, combination due to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. As awareness increases there is a rise in the amount of Bariatric cases,” said Dr Prashanth Rao, Oncosurgeon & Bariatric Surgeon, Global Hospitals.
Post bariatric surgeries, doctors say a lot of people opt for contouring or such procedures that will, help them in fixing the saggy skin.
Katie A. (name changed) has come to India for multiple post-bariatric cosmetic procedures. She is with the Global Hospitals for an over-all body contouring procedures that comprises of all the procedures mentioned above. She underwent bariatric surgery about four years ago, and now, she is getting her surgeries done from Dr. Nilesh G. Satbhai, Global Hospitals, Consultant Plastic, Aesthetic, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgeon at Global Hospitals, Parel.
“Medical tourism in India is a growing manifold. Like Katie, a lot of people do come here for similar procedures. The main concern of these patients is the loose skin folds that remain after massive weight loss. Exercise, yoga, etc help in toning up the muscles. But after a certain age, the ability of skin to contract and shrink decreases exponentially. Restoration of body image by plastic surgery procedures helps them greatly. It helps them build their self-esteem and regain their confidence on personal, social and professional fronts.” added Dr. Satbhai.
“Morbidly obese patients often have additional medical comorbities such and diabetes, hypertension, heart disease. Hence prolonged surgeries and anaesthesia in these patients needs proper planning and execution with intensive care support. Hence, it is advisable to perform these procedures at well equippedcentres”, said Dr. Satbhai.
“I would say, in the past 5 years people going in for post-bariatric surgeries are decreasing, this is because of people opting for other toning options like exercises,” said Dr Sanjay Borude, well-known bariatric surgeon in Mumbai.