Weight loss surgery
Weight loss surgery would be more suited to your needs as opposed to cosmetic fat loss surgery if you are obese and still have a lot of weight to lose. You must also have tried many other methods of weight loss previous before consulting for a gastric band or gastric bypass.
What is a gastric band?
Gastric banding is a surgical procedure carried out by a specialist bariatric surgeon in order for you to lose your desired amout of weight. The procedure itself consists of a ‘band’ being placed around the top of your stomach so you feel fuller quicker. Having a gastric band fitted is a reversible procedure and can be taken out at any time, unlike a gastric bypass.
This procedure must only be considered as an option once dieting and exercise have been tested. You should have tried several diets and at no point been able to maintain long term weight loss.
The individuals most likely to consider this procedure are those who have a high BMI (body mass index) and subsequently at risk of obesity related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Following the procedure itself, you will have the full dietetic support from a dedicated team of specialists depending on your chosen provider.
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What is a gastric bypass?
A gastric bypass is similar to a gastric band in that it should be seen as a last resort. However, the difference is a gastric bypass is irreversible as it changes your physical anatomy.
In this procedure, the top portion of your stomach is detached and reconnected with your small intestine. This means you will feel satisfied quicker, therefore you will not be able to eat as much food. Also, fewer calories from the food you do eat will be absorbed. This helps promote the longevity of weight loss following this procedure.
To consider having a gastric bypass, you must have first tried and tested several diets and exercise regimes in order to establish that you are unable to lose weight this way and maintain said weight loss.
If these traditional methods are not working, a gastric bypass is a great solution that will work and will also keep the weight off. Following the procedure, you will enter into a lifelong commitment changing your lifestyle and eating habits. This means the ideal candidate must be dedicated to losing weight.
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Cosmetic fat loss
If you have lost some weight or are considering weight loss surgery for cosmetic reasons such as the look of your stomach, a cosmetic weight loss procedure may be more suited to you. Cosmetic fat loss procedures include a tummy tuck and liposuction.
What is a tummy tuck?
An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck can remove unwanted skin of fat from the abdominal region of the body. The procedure also tightens muscles in this area to provide a smoother profile.
The results of a tummy tuck give you a firmer and flatter stomach that would have been achievable through only diet and exercise. This may seem too good to be true, that’s why it’s important not to consider this procedure as an alternative to weight loss or to being healthy. This surgery is something to have done in conjunction with these things.
The main benefit of this type of surgery is that some of the results are visible immediately, you will be able to see a flatter profile right away. After the procedure you will be required to eat a healthy diet, and carry out light, regular exercise to maintain or improve the results.
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What is liposuction?
As another cosmetic fat loss procedure, liposuction eliminates stubborn areas of fat from any area of the body. You should have tried to remove these fat pockets through dietary changes and exercise, however the type of fat suited to this procedure is those last few pounds which diet alone will not remove.
Liposuction should be looked at as a method of fine tuning as opposed to a dramatic change on your body. This fine tuning procedure aims to contour your body by:
- Removing unwanted fat
- Defining your figure
- Aligning all areas of your body
After liposuction, your figure will be permanently slimmed down which is a great result! However, if you put more than a couple of pounds of weight on following the procedure the results will likely be effected. However, more typically the results of liposuction will get better in time, once the swelling has settled down. It is normal to see a little fluctuation immediately after a liposuction treatment.
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Do I need weight loss surgery or cosmetic fat loss surgery?
After reading through the differences betwee weight loss surgery and fat loss solutions, hopefully you are a little clearer on which type of procedure woud be most suited to your current weight loss goals.
If you still have several pounds to shed, weight loss surgery (either a gastric band or gastric bypass) will be more suited to you. But, if you need to lose weight from a cosmetic point of view, maybe you have saggy skin or stubborn areas of fat, a cosmetic fat loss procedure (such as a tummy tuck or liposuction) is more likely to suit you more.