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Abdominoplasty improves quality of life despite risk of complications

Abdominoplasty has a high patient satisfaction and improved the quality of life in patients who are overweight or have obesity despite a substantial risk of complications, according to a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

An ‘overwhelming majority’ of overweight/obese patients are happy with the results of abdominoplasty, according to the study by Dr Dennis C Hammond and colleagues of Partners in Plastic Surgery of West Michigan, Grand Rapids.

No increase in complications with abdominoplasty in patients with obesity

Abdominoplasty can be safely performed in obese patients, with no increase in complications compared to non-obese patients, according to researchers from Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, Garden City, NY, USA. In this study, the authors compare the outcomes of obese and nonobese patients who underwent abdominoplasty. The findings help to alleviate concerns that patients with obesity are at higher risk of complications after abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty: Risk from combined procedures

Abdominoplasty has a higher risk of major complications than other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, according to a study ‘Abdominoplasty: Risk Factors, Complication Rates, and Safety of Combined Procedures’, in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS).

Contour surgery: benefits of post-operative abdominoplasty

Post-bariatric surgery abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck) can provide additional weight loss to overweight patients, are medically necessary in some cases, and contribute to improvements in the quality of life for patients. Warning patients of the additional costs that may come later, once the weight is lost, or recommending abdominoplasty be listed as medically necessary, are important steps when performing bariatric surgery on large patients.

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