If you have been struggling with excess weight and body fat for some time, you might be considering surgical options to help you get back to your youthful figure. Although there are a few different surgical options available to aid in weight loss, not all surgeries that remove excess fat and skin are considered weight loss surgeries. Here is the difference and what you need to know.
Weight Loss Surgery
When most people talk about weight loss surgery, they are thinking about procedures such as gastric bypass and stomach lap bands. These are extreme surgeries that are usually only recommended if you are severely overweight and have been unable to lose weight through any other means.
These surgeries don’t make you thinner. They change the way that your body digests food, which can cause you to eat significantly less and lose weight naturally. Losing the weight takes time and patience. When the weight is lost, you might still have flaps of extra fat, skin, and tissue that is left behind.
Body Contouring Surgery
By contrast, body contouring surgery is not going to help you lose weight. You should not undergo body contouring surgery until you have already achieved a healthy weight and diet and exercise have failed to snap your body back to its previous shape. Once weight has been gained and kept on for years, losing the weight on the scale doesn’t always show results in how your clothes fit or what you see in the mirror.
Body contouring surgery is meant to correct these problems. Specifically, when someone loses a large amount of weight quickly they tend to develop “flaps” of skin and fat that simply will not go away. Body contouring, such as liposuction, tummy tucks, butt lifts, and arm lifts are quite common after extreme weight loss.
If you have lost a considerable amount of weight or otherwise have excess fat and skin that needs to be eliminated, contact us today to schedule a consultation to determine if body contouring surgery is right for you.