Dr. Saltz’s recent whirlwind tour of India included stops in Chandigarh and Jaipur. First stopping in Chandigarh to attend the postgraduate institute there as an ISAPS visiting professor, Dr. Saltz met with many prominent surgeons in the area of plastic surgery while providing analytics and experience in the field. As the former President of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Saltz is recognized internationally for his expertise and contributions to the field of plastic and aesthetic surgery.
While in Chandigarh, Dr. Saltz performed a breast reduction as a teaching opportunity. He also gave talks on various plastic surgery procedures and topics and joined in meetings to listen to the on-site residents analyze their own surgical cases.
The most intriguing part of Dr. Saltz journey, however, came when he traveled to Jaipur. While in Jaipur, India, for the ISAPS India 2014 Course, Dr. Saltz performed live surgery in the Fortis Hospital, a private facility in the area. Dr. Saltz chief case was a body contouring patient that involved abdominoplasty and liposuction. Here, Dr. Saltz learned that abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as tummy tuck, is India’s most popular cosmetic procedure.
The extreme popularity of this procedure is unique to India and is most likely due to the clothing women wear. Called a sari, this traditional Indian clothing worn by women exposes the belly region. As is the case for women anywhere in the world, pregnancy, weight loss, and age can cause women to lose their proportional, flat belly and can lead to excess, sagging skin. And just like it is for women elsewhere, this can be embarrassing to have exposed.
Abdominoplasty and liposuction can help women achieve a flatter stomach by eliminating the loose skin, tightening the abdominal muscles, and getting rid of any stubborn pockets of fat. Having years of experience performing the procedure, Dr. Saltz’ was able to share his expertise with plastic surgeons in India to help advance plastic surgery in the country even further.