Body contouring after bariatric surgery improves quality of life up to 7 years out, according to a new study in the November issue ofPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Researchers led byEva S.J. van der Beek, MD, of University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, evaluated quality-of-life assessments in 33 patients who underwent body contouring after bariatric surgery. Procedures included abdominoplasty and breast surgery. Patients repeatedly completed a standard questionnaire evaluating obesity's impact on quality of life for an average of 7 years.
The results showed "mostly moderate to large, sustained improvement" in quality of life in the years after body contouring. Scores improved in six out of seven quality-of-life domains, including:
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