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Psychological considerations of the bariatric surgery patient undergoing body contouring surgery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18520869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Body contouring following the massive weight loss associated with bariatric surgery has grown in popularity. Little is known, however, about the psychosocial aspects of these procedures. This article discusses the psychological considerations of the postoperative bariatric surgery patient who undergoes body contouring surgery.
METHODS: A review of the psychosocial and physical characteristics of individuals with extreme obesity who undergo bariatric surgery, and the changes in these traits that typically occur postoperatively, is provided. The relationship of body image dissatisfaction to both bariatric and plastic surgery is discussed. The breast reduction literature is reviewed and used to provide a framework with which to understand the psychosocial issues of body contouring patients.
RESULTS: These related literatures are used as a guide to provide suggestions for future research investigating the physical and psychosocial outcomes following body contouring surgery. Preliminary recommendations for the psychosocial assessment of body contouring patients are provided.
CONCLUSIONS: Given the current popularity of both bariatric and plastic surgery, the number of individuals who present for body contouring following massive weight loss is likely to increase. Appropriate psychosocial assessment and management of these patients is believed to play an important role in successful postoperative outcomes.
David B Sarwer; J Kevin Thompson; James E Mitchell; J Peter Rubin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  121     ISSN:  1529-4242     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-03     Completed Date:  2008-07-29     Revised Date:  2014-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306050     Medline TA:  Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  423e-434e     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Bariatric Surgery / methods,  psychology*
Body Image
Body Mass Index
Dermatologic Surgical Procedures*
Obesity, Morbid / psychology,  surgery*
Quality of Life*
Self Concept
Surgery, Plastic / methods,  psychology*
Weight Loss
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