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October 21, 2013

Are Cosmetic Weight Loss Treatments Safe?

Cosmetic weight loss surgery is definitely a life changing procedure and in some instances it can even be life saving. These extreme measures are typically suitable for patients who are obese and have not had any success in losing weight through traditional means. Many have even tried some medically supervised strategies for weight loss which use diet modification, exercise and in some cases medications. When these measures fail to work for an obese or overweight individual they may choose to speak with a plastic surgeon who can help them choose an appropriate surgical procedure to be used for cosmetic weight loss. Over the last few years the statistics on obesity have soared and about 18 million people in the US are considered to be obese or at least 100 pounds over their ideal weight. With this rise in numbers also comes the number of cosmetic weight loss procedures. According to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery the number of patients seeking some form of weight loss procedure has increased from 16000 in the early 90s to about 180000 by 2005. This sharp increase in obesity is most likely behind the increase in cosmetic weight loss surgeries. Most can agree that they are an appropriate way to deal with obesity but the question is how safe are they?