More than 50% of North Americans are overweight and five percent of those are considered morbid obese. Morbid obesity is defined by the body mass index of weight divided by your height squared. If a person has a body mass index or BMI of 35 or more they can suffer from serious medical problems, including, diabetes, hyperlipidemia or hypercholesterolemia, asthma, sleep apnea, pulmonary hypertension, coronary artery disease, hypertension, menstrual problems, urinary incontinence, venous stasis, degenerative joint disease, gastroesphageal refulx and fatty liver hepatosteatonecrosis.
Recently, bariatric surgery has pioneered new minimally invasive procedures offering many alternatives to the clinically obese. Banding procedures, which obstruct the esophagus which prevents large amounts of food entering the stomach are very popular. New surgical procedures in Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and StomaphyX surgeries also have proven very successful for the treatment of morbid obesity.
Unfortunately for some, after weight loss surgery, the loss of the excessive fat leaves their bodies with sagging skin. The conditions can be very extreme in some cases.
Dr. Christopher Hess has treated many Post-Bariatric weight loss patients with Plastic Surgery. Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery can include a tummy-tuck abdominoplasty, breast lift/augmentation, body lift, arm lift, neck lift, face lift and buttock lift. People that undergo these procedures often have a renewed sense of self.
For those people considering Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery living in Fairfax and Northern Virginia, Dr. Hess can help you make an informed decision on the benefits and limitations of post-bariatric plastic surgery. Contact Hess Plastic Surgery for your consultation.