Nutritional deficiencies can occur in patients who undergo body contouring following dramatic weight loss and who do not take recommended supplements, experts have found.
Many patients who have lost a lot of weight opt to undergo cosmetic surgery
procedures to improve their appearance and relieve discomfort as the weight loss can leave loose skin.
However, new research published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggests that doctors should take steps to identify malnutrition prior to performing such surgery.
According to their findings, which looked at the rate of complications in body contouring patients, this would greatly reduce the number of patients who experience such complications, as well as speeding up wound healing, improving scar quality and boosting the patient's energy levels.
"Body contouring procedures for massive weight loss patients are major operations with large incisions in many areas that demand a lot of the body during the healing process," said study co-author Dennis Hurwitz.
"By carefully monitoring nutritional deficiencies preoperatively and supplementing the patient with the necessary nutrients, minerals and vitamins, I have seen a significant decrease in complications and improved postoperative healing," he revealed.
Body contouring, such as liposuction
, is widely regarded as an important part of rehabilitation after a patient has lost a significant amount of weight after undergoing obesity surgery