A Rising Surgical Tide

By Steve Barrett
Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bariatric surgery continues to proliferate — and that has significant implications for surgeons who perform the procedures, for physicians who treat obesity-related comorbidities and for plastic surgeons.

Step Two

Rising percentages of bariatric patients underwent various types of plastic surgery in 2014, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports:

  • Tummy tucks rose 4%.
  • Thigh lifts and upper-arm lifts increased 9%.
  • Breast lifts increased 10%.

A Weighty Issue Worldwide

Obesity and overweight have a global impact. The World Health Organization notes that:

  • The rate of obesity in 2014 was more than twice what it was 35 years ago.
  • In 2014, almost 2 billion adults were overweight. Approximately 600 million of those were obese.
  • Obesity and overweight affect more than 40 million children worldwide.
  • In 2014, 15% of women and 11% of men were obese.

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Higher Utilization

The number of bariatric surgeries performed in the United States rose from 158,000 in 2011 to 179,000 in 2013, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.