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Are Cosmetic Weight Loss Treatments Permanent?

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Patients have been having various forms of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures for decades including those designed specifically for weight loss. One question that arises many times is how long the treatment is going to last. Cosmetic weight loss surgeries have become increasingly popular over the last two decades but it is important to know if it is permanent or not.

Types of Bariatric Surgeries

The understood goal of bariatric or weight loss surgeries are to induce weight loss by being able to physically restrict the amount of food a patient is able to eat. Some methods work by interrupting the process of digestion. Although there can be some cosmetic results that is not the only goal of weight loss surgery. It is not a cosmetic procedure designed to remove fat from the body. There are three basic types of bariatric surgeries: restrictive, combined procedures, and malabsorptive procedures.

Restrictive surgeries include surgical procedures like the lap-band. This used to be called “stapling” the stomach. This type of weight loss surgery will limit how much food a patient can eat by reducing the size of the stomach. Combined procedures do nearly the same thing but they also reroute the digestive tract to make food bypass the main areas of the stomach. The combined procedures are the choice of about 80 to 85 percent of the weight loss surgeries in the US each year. Malabsorptive procedures do not address food intake, but instead they limit how many calories can be absorbed by the body by rerouting food so that it bypasses most of the length of the intestine.

How long will weight loss surgeries last?

Various types of cosmetic weight loss procedures will have differing lengths of endurance. There are a few procedures which are considered to be permanent but not many. Most of the cosmetic weight loss procedures are designed to help an individual change their lifestyle so that they will be able to maintain a healthy weight. For the individual who loses a substantial amount of weight but returns to their previous eating styles, they are likely to gain all of the lost weight back eventually making the procedure ineffective. However, for the individual who follows their physician’s orders perfectly and maintains the healthy habits and lifestyles suggested, the results of their surgery can last permanently.

How can my habits make the surgery results permanent?

Patients who undergo cosmetic weight loss procedures lose a substantial amount of weight. However, they must totally transform their diet and activity habits in order for it to be effective. There are certain dietary habits that must be maintained to ensure the longevity of the procedure. Postoperative patients will tend to eat several smaller meals throughout the day rather than large meals or snacks. Patients will learn about how to adjust meal frequency as well as how many foods should be eaten and how to eat slowly as well as chew their food thoroughly. Usually patients must learn to only eat when they are hungry and to stop when they are full. They will also need to drink fluids somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes after a meal. Highly refined foods and sweets are usually eliminated from the diet in order to ensure the procedure has a good chance at lasting longer. Foods that are high in fat are prohibited for many reasons. Right after the surgery, the can cause “dumping” and they can be counterproductive for patients who are trying to lose weight. Eating high protein foods is necessary for the individual who has undergone weight loss surgery. Protein helps promote healing and maintaining overall good health.

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