Bariatric Surgery vs Cosmetic Surgery

Bariatric Surgery - A Weight Loss Option

by Jane Davis

In today’s busy American society, the majority of adults are overweight. More than 30% of U.S. adults are currently living with obesity. According to the National Institute of Health, bariatric surgery is recommended for individuals with a body mass index of 40 or higher, or for people with a body mass index of 35 and with coexisting medical conditions.

Bariatric surgery is also known as a weight loss surgery. This procedure is intended for individuals who are dangerously obese. It is a surgical aid for weight loss that is preformed on the stomach and intestines. This type of surgery changes the makeup of the digestive system, by limiting the amount of food a patient can eat and digest.

These surgical methods can provide amazing health benefits to an individual including, the reversal of Type 2 diabetes and the prevention of cancer. It could be the most substantial means of losing and controlling weight.

The three most popular methods of bariatric surgery are gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve procedure and gastric banding. All three methods use different techniques. A licensed physician can determine what the best procedure is for the patient.

Bariatric surgery will cause the stomach to feel full more quickly, which will reduce the amount of food intake. Less food equals fewer calories. Therefore, the result will be weight loss.

Bariatric Surgery Differs From Liposuction And Tummy Tucks

Liposuction also known as lipoplasty, is a cosmetic operation that can only be performed by licensed plastic surgeons. This type of surgery removes fat from many different places on the body. Liposuction is a surgical technique that removes extra fat located in the skin and muscle tissue. The main concept of this is to improve the body’s contour. There are limits to how much fat can be removed in one session. If too much fat is removed, they skin can appear to look lumpy or dented.

Tummy tuck surgery is another type of contour enhancing option. This is a major surgical procedure that is used to tighten the abdominal muscles. It will also remove the body's excess skin and fat. The result will be a tighter smaller waistline.

Tummy tucks and liposuction surgeries are not for the extremely over weight. These types of surgeries are mainly image enhancing techniques. They will not internally control your food intake.

Unlike liposuctions and tummy tucks, bariatric surgery is not intended for cosmetic appearance. The goal for this procedure is to correct a situation that causes discomfort, pain or other weight problem issues. If you are overly heavy and would like to feel healthy again, the best option would be bariatric surgery. It is an excellent alternative for people who cannot lose significant weight loss through exercise and diet and for those whose general health is compromised.

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