Healthy Choices

Weight loss surgeries create more tummy tucks

Thousands of Americans who underwent weight-loss surgeries in recent years have turned to plastic surgeons to relieve them of excess skin in the thighs, arms and abdomens, new data indicates.

Reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the data shows a 9 percent to 10 percent increase in thigh lifts, arm lifts and breast lifts in 2014 compared to the prior year. Tummy tucks grew by 4 percent year over year.

The 2014 increase in plastic surgeries followed the third-highest year for U.S. weight-loss surgeries. In 2013, 179,000 Americans, or nearly 500 per day, underwent operations such as gastric bypass surgery to help limit consumption and promote weight loss, the plastic surgeons group said.

“You can’t attribute that (increase in cosmetic surgeries) to anything other than the fact that there are more massive weight loss patients out there looking to take care of the problems that they now have,” Scot Glasberg, the group’s president said in a news release.