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International Health Insurance News: Weight loss surgery 'likely to grow'

Healthcare plans for expats might include weight loss surgery this year, after the procedure was reported as growing in popularity.

Nigel Mercer, past president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said that the increasing problem of obesity is bringing with it a need for post massive weight loss surgery.

"Patients are having weight loss surgery and then they need very extensive operations to have bodylifts, breastlifts, facelifting and armlifts to try and get them back into a situation where they can wear normal clothes without having massive skin folds," explained Dr Mercer.

He added that in terms of market growth in 2011, "massive weight loss patients are perhaps the biggest area".

The comments follow the publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's (ASAP) top predictions for 2011.

According to ASAP, facelifts, cosmetic injectables, body contouring and breast implants are all likely to be among the most popular procedures this year.

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