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Does Body Contouring After Bariatric Weight Loss Enhance Quality of Life? A Systematic Review of QOL Studies

Authors
  • Toma, Tania1
  • Harling, Leanne1
  • Athanasiou, Thanos1
  • Darzi, Ara1
  • Ashrafian, Hutan1
  • 1 Imperial College London, The Department of Surgery and Cancer, 10th Floor, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) Building, St Mary’s Hospital Campus, Praed Street, London, W2 1NY, UK , London (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Obesity Surgery
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Aug 02, 2018
Volume
28
Issue
10
Pages
3333–3341
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11695-018-3323-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Massive weight loss following bariatric surgery can result in excess tissue, manifesting as large areas of redundant skin that can be managed by body contouring surgery. This study aims to quantify the effects of body contouring surgery on indicators of quality of life in post-bariatric patients. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature revealed on indices of quality of life in post-bariatric patients, before and after body contouring surgery. Body contouring surgery resulted in statistically significant improvements in physical functioning, psychological wellbeing and social functioning, as well as a reduction in BMI. Body contouring surgery offers a strategy to improve quality of life in patients suffering from the functional and psychosocial consequences of excess skin after bariatric surgery.

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