London, UK United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 18, 2008 -- The Harley Medical Group, the UK's largest cosmetic surgery provider, has seen a dramatic five year rise in patients undergoing body corrective surgery to cope with the after effects of extreme post obesity weight loss. Dubbed "Post Obesity Surgery" (POS), various surgical procedures such as tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), male breast reduction (gynaecomastia) and breast uplift (mastopexy) are booming as patients book in for body corrective surgery to treat their post obesity bodies.
Data taken over the past five years from The Harley Medical Group, which has conducted more than 10,000 POS procedures over this period, shows that tummy tucks [http://www.harleymedical.co.uk/cosmetic-surgery-for-women/the-body/tummy-tuck--abdominoplasty/] are up 31%, male breast reductions are up 24% and female breast uplifts are up 18%.
Mr Frati, a surgeon at The Harley Medical Group, cites the UK's obesity epidemic as the cause for this boom. With 21% of men and 22% of women in the UK being classed as clinically obese, which is predicted to rise to a quarter of all adults in 2010*, The Harley Medical Group estimates the abdominoplasty procedure alone will overtake breast augmentation [http://www.harleymedical.co.uk/cosmetic-surgery-for-women/breast-surgery/breast-enlargement-implants-and-augmentation/] as the clinic's most popular treatment over the next ten years.
A patient of The Harley Medical Group patient, John Wright from Lincolnshire, who had a tummy tuck operation plus gynaecomastia (male breast reduction) after he lost 22 stone commented: "After the immense effort and hard work of loosing so much weight it was utterly soul destroying to see vast folds of skin hanging from my body. My local GP wouldn't refer me to have cosmetic surgery on the NHS and so I was forced to go private. I used almost Â£10,000 of my savings, but I think it was worth every penny."
Lisa Littlehales, head nurse at The Harley Medical Group, explained: "It's heartbreaking to see patients who have achieved so much to lose dramatic amounts of weight so embarrassed by their post weight loss bodies. Surgery is able to transform both their bodies which have been so vastly overstretched and in the process restore their confidence."
She added: "Many patients describe how they wish they had addressed the problem before they became obese, but talk of the creeping nature of obesity - slowly moving from being simply over weight to clinically obese over a ten year period. Many feel let down by healthcare professionals and feel strongly that the government's focus on educating the public on healthy eating and exercise routines is long overdue and also needs far greater focus and outreach work."
*Department of Health's "Forecasting Obesity to 2010" report
The Harley Medical Group PR Contact: Hannah Walsh Rain Communications UK 2 Greycoat Place Westminster London SW1P 1SB 020 7222 4345 http://www.harleymedical.co.uk