Are you overweight?
Have you been unsuccessful in losing weight no matter what you do?
If so, it’s a common complaint by people living in a time of abundant food options and busy lifestyles.
Whilst exercise and good nutrition are pivotal and should be a key priority if you want to change your weight, sometimes more help is needed.
If you have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more, you may be a potential candidate for weight loss surgery
Is weight loss surgery a “magic bullet”?
The short answer is “No” – and here’s why.
It’s important to realize that bariatric (weight loss) surgery is not a quick fix for obesity. Nor does it get you a contoured body even after weight change (read more below about what to expect afterwards in terms of body shape).
Rather, Bariatric Surgery is a tool – one that can potentially help you lose weight and get healthy.
Following weight loss surgery, you will still need to maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise.
How does weight loss surgery work?
- Gastric Banding: The size of the stomach is reduced so that you feel satiated with a small amount of food.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy: A large part of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a sleeve connected to your small intestine.
- Gastric Bypass: The stomach is divided into two sections. The upper part is sealed off and connected to your small intestine.
- Maestro Rechargeable System: A pacemaker-like device is implanted in the abdomen to supress hunger. The device sends false signals to the brain telling it your stomach is full.
How will weight loss surgery impact me?
It’s vital that you understand the full impact of the procedure and have realistic expectations.
6 essential implications of weight loss surgery that you should know
- Weight Loss: How quickly you lose weight will depend on the procedure you undergo. A gastric bypass usually results in much quicker weight loss because it affects digestion. Your weight loss will wax and wane over the next 2-3 years. You may hit a plateau, followed by a drop once more.
- Eating Habits: You will have to learn to slow down while eating, take small bites, and chew your food well. Small amounts of food will satiate you. Eating big meals may bring on severe nausea and vomiting. You will need to limit your daily intake to less than 1000 calories per day. The focus will be on protein-rich foods.
- Nutrition: Weight loss surgery deprives the body of essential nutrients. Following the procedure, the focus will be on eating nutritious foods. You may need to take vitamins and supplements. You will likely experience a change in bowel habits. You may develop intolerance to particular foods and beverages. Maintaining a food journal may be necessary to identify the culprits.
- Body Image: Following surgery, the weight loss will be welcome, of course, but as your body shrinks in size, you may notice that your skin doesn’t keep pace and starts to look baggy and loose. You may need plastic surgery to get rid of the rolls of excess skin to maintain hygiene.
- Emotional Impact and Relationships: You will find that you can no longer rely on food for comfort. Your self-image will change. Your relationship may experience problems due to feelings of jealousy in your partner. Support groups and therapists can help you with the psychological aspects of weight loss surgery.
- Social Life: Much of our socializing with family and friends revolves around food and drink. After weight loss surgery, you will need to spend less time on activities that are focused on food. For example, you could exercise with friends instead of eating a meal in a restaurant.
Are you already through your Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery procedure – and have a stable weight, but want to change residual, excess skin?
Call our office today to schedule a consultation to discuss post-weight loss surgery skin reduction and body contouring so you can get the most from your weight changes.
Dr Patrick Briggs
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
Want more information about your Procedure?
What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
How to Book a Consultation
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general information only. For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.