Dr. Joseph F. Capella Interview: Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss, Part 1

by Cheryl Ann Borne Patient Advocate

Body contouring delivers dramatic improvement after bariatric surgery as seen in the before and after photos of a patient three months after abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery: Completing Your Journey

Paralleling the increasing use of bariatric surgery, there is a high demand for body contouring through plastic surgery. Following massive weight loss, patients are left with substantial folds of redundant skin that cause significant functional and aesthetic impairments on the trunk, buttocks, breast, upper arms, thighs and face. These disfigurements cannot be resolved by diet and exercise. Rather, body contouring procedures, such as the abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) that I recently undertook, provide dramatic results and restore the body's natural contour.

A recent study published in Obesity Surgery measured the impact on health quality of life (HRQoL) of body contouring surgery after bariatric surgery versus bariatric surgery alone. The study showed that body contouring procedures significantly improved patients' HRQoL, in comparison to those who had only gastric bypass.

Researchers concluded that the treatment of morbid obesity should not be deemed achieved unless plastic surgery has been considered.

By reshaping the body into its ideal proportions, the true success of the weight loss surgery is fully realized. Yet a dichotomy exists: According to research widely published in medical journals Obesity Surgery, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, & Aesthetic Surgery, and North American Journal of Medical Science a global disparity exists between the number of patients who desire body contouring surgery and those who actually receive it.

To bring these study findings to light, and answer some of our readers' questions, I sat down with Dr. Joseph F. Capella to gain his real-world perspective.

Dr. Joseph F. Capella, M.D., F.A.C.S., Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

Dr. Capella dedicates his practice to cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery after weight loss.

Dr. Capella has performed more than 10,000 body contouring surgical procedures on weight loss patients representing one of the largest experiences in the world.
He also has assisted in more than 1,000 bariatric procedures. Dr. Joseph F. Capella is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.
He is the Chief of Post-Bariatric surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center and has a private plastic surgery practice with offices in New Jersey and New York.

Cheryl Ann Borne
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Cheryl Ann Borne

Cheryl Ann Borne, writing as My Bariatric Life, is a contributing writer and Paleo recipe developer. Cheryl is an award-winning healthcare communications professional and obesity health advocate who has overcome super obesity and it’s related diseases. She publishes the website MyBariatricLife.org, and microblogs on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Cheryl is also writing her first book and working on a second website.