Lifts, Tucks Often Follow Weight-Loss Surgery, Study Finds
Increases reported for both types of procedures
MONDAY, June 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The rapidly rising number of weight-loss surgeries in the United States may be leading to greater demand for cosmetic surgery, a new report suggests.
In 2014, cosmetic procedures associated with major weight loss -- such as tummy tucks and thigh, breast and upper arm lifts -- increased the most in four years, echoing a similar rise in weight-loss surgeries, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
"We think there is a correlation between the two types of procedures, and we expect that trend to continue," Dr. Scot Glasberg, society president, said in a news release from the group.
The report said that 179,000 Americans had weight-loss surgery in 2013, an average of nearly 500 procedures a day. That's the most since 2009 and the third most on record.
Thigh lifts and upper arm lifts both rose 9 percent in 2014, the largest single-year increase in five years, the study findings showed. In addition, there was a 4 percent rise in tummy tucks, and a 10 percent increase in breast lifts, the largest single-year rise since 2009, according to the news release.
"Post-massive weight-loss patients are the number one growth area I have seen in my practice, and I'm sure that's the case in many doctors' offices across the country," said Glasberg, who practices in New York City.
The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about weight-loss surgery.