In our experience, whenever we skim the surface of a topic we somehow become inundated with information pertaining to that subject. So when we began to look through the ASAP stats for 2012, there were so many interesting stats we decided to break it into two posts. See facial stats here.
In 2012, according to ASAPS, procedures like abdominoplasty, lower body lifts, thigh lifts and upper arm lifts were all up by 4.8%, 10.3%, 19%, and 22.8% respectively. This increase can be attributed to a number of factors:
The first of these factors is an increase in the popularity of weight loss surgeries such as lap banding and gastric bypass. While these procedures can help individuals lose significant amounts of weight and improve their overall health, many who undergo these surgeries are often left with excess, sagging skin. Excess skin and fat can cause physical and emotional discomfort. For many, cosmetic surgery is the final step on their weight loss journey. According to ASAPS, this sagging skin commonly develops around the face, neck, upper arms, breast, abdomen, buttocks and thighs and can make your body contour appear irregular and misshapen. Post dramatic weight loss surgery can therefore be a very important part of the process.
Early this year Dr. Khanna spoke to dramatic weight loss patients at Credit Valley Clinic in Mississauga about the individualized surgery process, tell them what to expect and answer all of their questions. The procedures chosen often depend on the patient’s aesthetic goals, anatomy and physical health. While some of these post-bariatric surgeries can be performed at once, patients often need to have multiple operations performed in stages, with as much as several months in between procedures.
The second of these factors is due to an increased awareness that genetics may play a role in preventing one from reaching their weight loss goals. Dr. Khanna often recommends the following:
- Don’t latch on to diets. There have been a number of diets that have come out over the years, and while they may work for some, they often end in disappointment. Instead of relying on the latest fad diet, try to stick to more tried and true weight loss methods such as lowering calories, reducing food intake, lots of fruits and vegetables, and a reduced intake of carbs and fatty foods.
- You need to find a healthy balance of diet and exercise. Exercising won’t help you achieve results if you are loading up on calories, and conversely saying “no” to a second helping will mean nothing if you don’t get your heart pumping regularly throughout the week. Combining these two healthy lifestyle choices, however, can make a big difference.