Weight loss surgery - Bariatric surgery vs. Liposuction

When it comes to weight loss surgery, people often wonder about the differences between liposuction and bariatric procedures. Before making a decision, it’s important to understand each procedure and think about the goal you are trying to achieve by making yourself the next question: is it primary achieving a certain shape or losing weight?

  • Liposuction is a very popular cosmetic procedure intended to remove existing fat on certain area(s) of the body. This is basically a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss operation. It’s also important to make clear that this procedure is not a cure for sagging skin or cellulitis.
  • Bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, lap-band, etc) is a stomach operation that restricts food intake and/or reduces caloric absorption. Bariatric procedures are focused on improving the quality of life and health of the patient, providing a sustained and long-term weight loss for the treatment of obesity.

So, how do you know which is the right procedure for you?

If you are seriously obese or have a BMI over 31, bariatric surgery may be the best option; the main objective of these procedures is to significantly reduce the capacity of the stomach, which will lead to a significant reduction in the amount of food consumed along with long-term weight control. It also helps to reduce and potentially solve a wide list of obesity related health issues such diabetes 2, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, fatty liver, hypertension, etc.

Now, if you only have a few extra pounds or just looking to re-sculpt the shape of your body, liposuction could be a great choice.  This procedure will allow you to remove small amounts of fat cells and unwanted body fat from one or more localized areas.  Liposuction is not a weight loss surgery or treatment for obesity.

In conclusion, you need to talk about your goals and desires with a professional, make your own research about different surgeons (specialized in bariatric and/or plastic surgery) and schedule a consultation to find out the best option for you.

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