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Body Contouring Becoming Go-to Procedure for Post-Bariatric Patients, Says NY’s Dr. Mark Schwartz

For those struggling with excess skin, New York Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mark Schwartz explains how body contouring could be the answer patients have been waiting for.

New York, NY, December 18, 2012 --( For obese individuals, bariatric surgery can be a life changing - and often, a life saving - procedure. And, while gastric bypass and similar treatments can certainly help patients meet their BMI goals, many are discouraged with the toll that dramatic weight loss can take on their skin. Today, New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Schwartz, discusses a growing population of post-bariatric patients who are choosing to do something about it.

"Bariatric surgery has been one of the most important advances in modern medicine," explains Dr. Schwartz. "And while it can certainly help patients achieve a healthier weight, it can also leave them with excess, loose skin and other medical issues." As patients rapidly lose weight following a bariatric procedure, the skin often has trouble "keeping up." Lacking in elasticity and unable to conform to a patient's new size, skin and fat can appear to hang off the body.

"Thankfully, however, we're seeing more and more patients taking the initiative and finding out what plastic surgery can do for them," explains Dr. Schwartz. "Many find themselves good candidates for body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck." Working to rearrange or remove excess tissue, body contouring works to restore a more proportionate shape.

Asked to explain what goes into body contouring surgery, Dr. Schwartz offered this: "Body contouring is not a one-size-fits-all type of procedure. You can think of it instead as a treatment plan, custom-tailored to a patient's unique cosmetic needs," explains Dr. Schwartz. "Common contouring procedures include a tummy tuck, an arm lift and a thigh lift."

"Excess skin is often more than simply a cosmetic concern," explains Dr. Schwartz. "Very often, post-bariatric patients will complain of discomfort, irritation and infections as a result of the excess skin."

Asked to speak on the future of body contouring, Dr. Schwartz concluded with this: "We're finding body contouring to be one of the most effective ways for dealing with troublesome excess skin. Becoming a sought after follow-up to bariatric surgery, there's no doubt that these procedures will be getting a lot more attention in the future."

About Dr. Schwartz

Dr. Mark Schwartz is a board certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan. With nearly two decades of practice experience, Dr. Schwartz is recognized as one of "America's Top Plastic Surgeons" by the Consumer Research Council of America.

Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schwartz received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After completing his general surgery residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical School, he obtained his plastic surgery training at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center where he is currently on staff.

His office can be reached at 212-737-9090 or
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Mark Schwartz
79 East 79th Street
New York

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