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Body contouring improve quality of life


Jakarta, IO – Obesity plague numbers worldwide have nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016, when 13% of the world’s population aged 18 and above (11% men, 15% women), were appraised as “obese”. Note that obesity is medically categorized as a “disease”, a silent pandemic spreading throughout the world, including in Indonesia. 

2024 data from the Ministry of Health reveals a figure of 6.53% for obesity in adult men, while women tip the scales at a whopping 16.58%; fat boys are at 11.26% and girls at 10.30%. This trend toward increasing obesity from youth represents a potential burden on our country’s health budget, since obesity usually leads to such complications as diabetes mellitus, blood vessel afflictions (heart disease or stroke), kidney failure or fatty liver. 

Where did this all arise from? A significant increase in obese patients derives from a sedentary lifestyle, consumption of high-calorie foods and drinks, smoking, staying up late, high stress, and pollutants, all triggering metabolic disorders followed by weight gain. Many citizens find that fat accumulation in the stomach will hinder their daily activities – for example, when tying shoelaces. 

“It is categorized as ‘obesity’ if body mass index (BMI) measurement results exceed 29.9. BMI from weight in kg, divided by height in meters. Obesity affects body posture, encourages spinal instability and causes hunching, so fat folk look shorter. An ideal posture sees the body upright, its load on one axis, from the neck, spine, hips to the feet. But this is not so for the obese,” explained dr. Qori Haly, Sp.BP-RE, plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery specialist from the Dr. Indrajana Main Clinic, in a media briefing with the theme “Body Contour to Improve Quality of Life” held on Thursday (27/6/2024). 

dr. Qori Haly, Sp.BP-RE
dr. Qori Haly, Sp.BP-RE (IO/Esti)

Without Comorbidities

Body contouring, dr. Qori explained, is a medical solution for patients (without comorbidities) measured with a BMI below 35; the main aim is improvement of the quality of life, not purely a cosmetic or aesthetic rationale. The body contouring procedure resets body posture to a more natural and appealing configuration, with minimal pain and faster recovery time. 

“However, those patients with a BMI above 35 are advised to first undergo a non-surgical body slimming procedure to avoid complications, by limiting calorie intake and regular physical activity; also they should try to change their mindset to a healthier lifestyle. After fulfilling the requirements for optimal conditions, and confirmation of no metabolic or hormonal disorders, body contouring can be carried out in the abdominal, upper arm and upper thigh areas, as well as breast reduction,” he said. 

After undergoing body contouring, a bloated stomach can melt away; the patient has a waist and appears slimmer. “We maintain the navel in its normal position. Nevertheless, before undertaking a body contouring program, patients are required to consult a doctor and get a physical examination and supporting diagnosis. Patients are required to cease imbibing alcohol, as well as vitamins, hormones and anticoagulant medicines, two weeks before and after the procedure, and must fast for 6 hours before the sedation for anesthesia.” 

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Downtime (recovery period following treatment) is around 3-5 days “…and patients are advised to wear a medical corset for 2-3 weeks, to reduce pain or swelling. After 1.5 to 2 months, the patient can resume physical activities. Those who choose to undergo a follow-up procedure should wait 4 to 6 months,” he warned. 

Finally, dr. Qory assured all that body contouring is a safe method of restoring posture, if done according to accepted procedure. “A patient’s condition must be optimal, so that good results can be obtained, and also to avoid complications. We must remember that body contouring is not a procedure for losing weight, but can rather serve as an initial stage, so that patients are motivated to live more healthily, improving their quality of life.” (est)


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