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November 09, 2011

Weight Loss Surgery & Weight Related Cosmetic Surgery

Posted in: health

There is quite a bit of confusion about weight loss surgery, plastic surgery and the difference between the two.

Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery such as a gastric band helps you to lose weight by changing your eating habits.  In the case of a gastric band, this is achieved by placing a band around the stomach through keyhole surgery.  This restricts food intake and creates a feeling of fullness, discouraging any further eating.  Gastric band and other weight loss surgery does not provide an instant result but enables a change in eating behaviour, resulting in a long term solution to excess weight.

Cosmetic Surgery

Plastic surgery such as liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are often confused with true weight loss surgery such as a gastric band.  Both tummy tuck and liposuction are in fact, cosmetic surgery procedures, which means they provide an aesthetic improvement rather than reduce weight.  In order to get the best results from any cosmetic surgery the subject should be at their ideal weight.  If a tummy tuck is performed on someone who then goes on to lose weight, the tightness of skin achieved through having a tummy tuck will be lessened.  Cosmetic surgery such as liposuction and tummy tuck provide instant results.


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