Self-reported problems and wishes for plastic surgery after bariatric surgery

J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2014 Apr;48(2):115-21. doi: 10.3109/2000656X.2013.822384. Epub 2013 Jul 23.


In the affluent part of the world, there is an increasing occurrence of obesity with Body Mass Index (BMI) above 40, which has resulted in an increasing number of operations such as gastric bypass (GB). After massive weight loss there will often be a need for subsequent plastic surgical correction, since some of the patients will experience problems due to excess skin. Foreign studies estimate that ∼30% of all bariatric surgery patients will at some point seek plastic surgical correction of excess skin. The aim of this study is to investigate to what extent the GB patients themselves consider plastic surgery for removal of excess skin, and their reasons and motivations for this. The investigation was performed as an anonymous questionnaire handed out to 150 patients at the 1-year standard consultation for GB patients at a private hospital. The questionnaire contained information about demographic data, patient habits, earlier or present comorbidity, physical problems, psychological problems, and cosmetic problems due to excess skin. Also, it contained information about what anatomical area bothered the patient the most. One hundred and thirty-eight patients responded to the questionnaire, and the investigation showed that 89.9% of the patients had a wish for plastic surgery for several different reasons. This patient demand showed to have no correlation to age, gender, smoking habits, or earlier comorbidity.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bariatric Surgery*
  • Comorbidity
  • Esthetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures*
  • Self Concept
  • Self Report
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology
  • Skin*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Weight Loss*