Healthcare 2014, 2(2), 150-165; doi:10.3390/healthcare2020150
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Changing Body Image and Well-Being: Following the Experience of Massive Weight Loss and Body Contouring Surgery

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Received: 26 November 2013; in revised form: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2014 / Published: 27 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Burden of Obesity in Health Care)
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Abstract: This paper reports on the perception of changing body image and well-being for patients who had undergone plastic surgery following massive weight loss. The exploratory, qualitative study was undertaken with 20 patients from one teaching hospital in the south of England. Semi-structured interviews were carried out and a thematic analysis of the data undertaken. The results provide important insights regarding body contouring influencing body image change and the adjustment process involved. The ability to pursue self-esteem and the accruing social benefits is emphasized in the interrelated sub themes including social acceptance, undoing depression and sexual vitality. Body contouring surgery following massive weight loss appears to facilitate improvement in body image and well-being. Adjustment to the changing body image is both empowering and challenging. Supportive educational programmes need to be developed to assist this transition to a more positive body image and appreciation; these could usefully include access to and involvement with patient support groups.
Keywords: massive weight loss; body contouring surgery; changing body image; adjusting to the changing body; improved well-being
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Gilmartin, J.; Long, A.F.; Soldin, M. Changing Body Image and Well-Being: Following the Experience of Massive Weight Loss and Body Contouring Surgery. Healthcare 2014, 2, 150-165.

AMA Style

Gilmartin J, Long AF, Soldin M. Changing Body Image and Well-Being: Following the Experience of Massive Weight Loss and Body Contouring Surgery. Healthcare. 2014; 2(2):150-165.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Gilmartin, Jo; Long, Andrew F.; Soldin, Mark. 2014. "Changing Body Image and Well-Being: Following the Experience of Massive Weight Loss and Body Contouring Surgery." Healthcare 2, no. 2: 150-165.

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