ASBPS Press Release
Breakthrough Organization Will Benefit Post-Bariatric Patients: The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons
A group of distinguished plastic surgeons has launched a powerful new resource for individuals who have experienced dramatic weight loss due to bariatric surgery or intensive dieting. Dr. Jed Horowitz and Dr. Larry Nichter of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach are members of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons (ASBPS). The organization’s primary focus is providing referrals to top-flight plastic surgeons who specialize in treating specific post-bariatric problems. What distinguishes the ASBPS is that all of its member surgeons are specialists in body contouring. These procedures are a viable remedy for the larger areas of sagging skin that often result from massive weight loss. More that just a cosmetic step, body contouring provides a solution for a number of problems that can occur following bariatric surgery. “Removing excess skin is not only necessary to achieve optimal body shape, but it’s also helpful in improving overall health and quality-of-life,” said Peter Rubin MD, chair, American Society of Plastic Surgeons Post Bariatric Task Force. Sagging skin can inhibit movement, lead to infections, and have a sizable psychological impact.
A Secure and Safe Solution
The ASBPS offers patients the security of having easy access to the most advanced post-bariatric care possible. To qualify for membership in the unique organization, surgeons must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In addition, most members belong to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of the Canadian Society for Plastic Surgeons.
“The ASBPS is a complete information resource,” Dr Horowitz, a member of ASBPS, points out. “Our hope is to provide individuals with the best chance of receiving high level care, as well as reinforce the fact that body and facial contouring is a very effective solution.”
According to Dr. Horowitz, the timing couldn’t be better for the ASBPS. Statistics clearly demonstrate a steep rise in the worldwide obesity levels, as well as the number of individuals opting for body and facial contouring following massive weight loss. “Because of advances in medical techniques and safety,” says Dr. Nichter, “the number of individuals choosing body contouring treatments has shot up in the last twenty years.” In 2006 alone, nearly 66,000 contouring procedures were performed, up 18% since 2004. Following this trend, the number of treatments will steadily increase over the next decade. Clearly, the ASBPS will provide an invaluable resource to the growing numbers choosing these procedures.