Weight Loss

There are several different procedures that can be performed. These include a gastric band, gastric balloon, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Gastric bands and balloons work by restricting the amount of food you are able to eat. The gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy change the way food travels through your gut and prevents some of it being taken up into the body. All decrease the amount of food going into your body and make you lose weight.

All types of weight loss surgery cause you to lose weight and decrease your overall body fat. Weight loss varies between individuals but can be up to 80%. You will appear slimmer, more toned and have a sleeker overall body shape. Health benefits of losing weight include reduced risk of heart disease and Type II Diabetes, as well as increased mobility, more energy and the associated psychological benefits of weight loss.

Depending on the procedure chosen, costs range from £5000 – £15000.

Weight loss will occur gradually after surgery, with most occurring in the first 12 months. After this your body will stabilise at a new healthy weight, which can be maintained through diet and exercise. You can see examples of before and after pictures here.

All types of weight loss surgery are performed under general anaesthetic and take several hours. All require you to stay in hospital overnight after the procedure and recovery will take several weeks.

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Procedure Guide

Which Surgical Procedures Can Help Me Lose Weight?

There are several ways of treating weight loss through surgery. One is Gastric Band surgery which is only performed in certain medical cases when the patient is clinically obese and other options have been ruled out. It is a major operation which reduces the patient’s stomach size and prevents them from eating full meals. The procedure can have complications and should not be entered into lightly – it means, amongst other things, following a heavily restricted diet for the rest of the patient’s life. However, in certain cases, it can be very effective at managing weight.

One of the more popular methods of losing weight and fat through cosmetic surgery is through Liposuction.

How Can Liposuction Help?

Popular amongst both men and women, Liposuction is ideal for removing stubborn areas of fat that cannot be spot reduced through exercise and diet. It can be used to remove fat after childbirth, or where genetics have determined that an individual will have large fat deposits around their abdomen or thighs, under the chin or on the buttocks.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

The surgeon will mark the treatment areas onto your body and, under anaesthetic, make incisions into the skin. Small tubes – also know as cannulas – are surgically inserted into the target area. The surgeon will then push and pull them vigorously to break down fat cells which are then removed from the body with a syringe or suction pump. New methods are also starting to use ultrasound to break down the fat cells, causing less trauma to the body.

Will I Be Suitable For Liposuction?

Your surgeon will carry out a full health assessment and check your medical history to ascertain if you are suitable for the procedure, according to the clinic’s criteria. These are based on your age, health, emotional stability and reasons for wanting to have the procedure amongst other criteria. You may also be obliged to give up smoking. You will need to be of good health generally and not have had other surgery in the affected area recently prior to the consultation. Liposuction does tend to work more successfully on younger patients because of their improved skin tone and elasticity and it is important to bear this in mind if you are over forty. Your surgeon will make sure you understand the risks of the surgery and the likely outcomes to manage your expectations. It’s worth knowing that if you have loose skin, your surgeon will be unlikely to recommend this procedure, unless taken in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery.

How Quick Is The Recovery Time?

You will need to wear a special protective corset bandage after the surgery. You will also need at least a week to ten days of total rest after this procedure and you will be sore and experience tenderness after the procedure which will cause bruising and trauma to the skin. Your surgeon will likely give you pain medication for the first couple of days. You may also feel dizzy and nauseous from the general anaesthetic and you will not be capable of carrying out everyday tasks. Ice packs and some herbal remedies may help, but do speak to your surgeon first.

Are There Different Procedures?

Yes and the clinic will tell you which ones they offer and which will suit you. They include wet Liposuction, power assisted, Laser Liposuction and ultrasonic Liposuction – a newer and increasingly popular method where a probe is used to emit an ultrasound which breaks down large amounts of liquefied fat.