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Plastic Surgery Procedures That Can Actually Help You Lose Weight

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In today’s modern world, weight loss and plastic surgery are starting to make a name for themselves. Before, these [social] topics were considered taboo and are ultimate conversation enders. But now, more and more people are openly sharing their weight loss and plastic surgery journeys on the Internet, on social media, at work, to family and friends, everywhere!

However, not all plastic surgery procedures can actually help you lose weight. Some methods are only suggested for body contouring, skin tightening, and fat reduction, but not necessarily weight loss. As per a plastic surgery clinic in Kansas City, some plastic surgery procedures can only be done for people who are close to their target weight, and want to either reduce fat (not weight) or improve their shape and body contours even more. With that, most procedures are not likely suggested for people with cases of obesity or overweight.

Although there are quite a few weight loss surgeries to help reduce calorie intake, which can then lead to weight loss in the long run. Weight loss or bariatric surgery can help you lose weight and lower risks of obesity. It offers weight loss in two ways, which are restriction and malabsorption. Listed below are the two ways how bariatric surgery can help in regards to weight loss and a few [plastic] surgery procedures that can actually help you lose weight:


Restriction

Restriction is one way of weight loss surgery used to limit the amount of food your stomach can contain, which can then curb the amount of calorie intake. Technically, restriction works by literally shrinking the size of your stomach to slow down digestion.

Malabsorption

Malabsorption is another way of weight loss surgery used to shorten a part of the small intestine, which can also curb the amount of calorie and nutrients intake. However, today, doctors do not recommend and practice malabsorption as often as before due to their side effects.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

With this procedure, your doctor creates a small pouch on top of the stomach. This pouch then serves as the stomach because it’s the only part that can receive food. With that, your food and drink intake is more limited and reduced as compared before surgery.

After that, your small intestine is cut somewhere near the main stomach and attached to the pouch so that food can flow directly from the pouch to this part of the intestine. Although your stomach is still able to digest juices and a part of the small intestine is always connected to it. However, since food bypasses an area of the small intestine, fewer calories are consumed.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

This procedure doesn’t really differ so much from the previous one. With laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, a band with a small inflatable balloon is attached and fixed on the upper part of your stomach. It’s known to create a small pouch above the band with a tiny opening that leads to the rest of your stomach.

This procedure decreases the amount of food that your stomach can hold, which then allows you to feel full. What’s different with this procedure is that it doesn’t reduce your calorie and nutrient intake, which is still a good thing, considering that your body needs more nutrients.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastronomy allows the separation and removal of a small part of your stomach. The rest of the stomach, then, is formed into a tubelike structure that almost looks like a sleeve.

Then, your now smaller stomach cannot hold much food anymore, so you have a lesser appetite, which can also lead to a reduced desire to eat [more]. But, just like laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastronomy doesn’t affect calorie and nutrient intake in the small and large intestine.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

Just like sleeve gastronomy, this procedure starts with the doctor removing a considerable part of the stomach, with the valve attached to the small intestine left still. Then, the surgeon attaches the last part of the small intestine with the duodenum. This is called the duodenal switch.

In result, food avoids most of the small intestine, which limits the absorption of calories and nutrients. This, together with the reduction of the size of your stomach, can then lead to weight loss.

Wrapping Up

These procedures are highly suggested for people who are struggling with obesity. It’s not really recommended for people who have normal weight and only want to improve certain features in the body. With that, you can try some other plastic surgery procedures like liposuction or body contouring. However, if you’re one who suffers from obesity and constant weight gain (overweight), do consider the procedures mentioned above according to your preference.

Author’s Bio:


Though not a medical professional, Hodge Racter knows a lot about medical topics, including testosterone replacement therapy (having undergone the procedure himself) and cosmetic and non-cosmetic surgeries. Today, he remains spry and energetic despite his age, and when he’s not doing freelance work, he’s having quality time with his wife and two dogs.

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