Bariatric Surgery vs. Liposuction

If you have decided to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, you have already taken the first step toward reclaiming your wellbeing. Breaking the cycle of obesity can significantly lower your risk of developing many life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease and high cholesterol. However, choosing which weight loss treatment works best for your body can be a confusing and daunting process.

At Lumin Bariatric Weight Loss, we are committed to helping you fully understand your condition and your options, so that you can make knowledgeable decisions that lead to sustainable weight management solutions. Regularly, patients ask our team to explain the difference between bariatric surgery and liposuction.

While these procedures are sometimes perceived as similar, they are very unalike in their approach to weight reduction and generally result in distinct effects.

Liposuction focuses on the temporary loss of inches, while bariatric surgery changes the way the body reacts to its environment and nutritional intake. Because of this, bariatric surgery can spur weight loss that involves not only aesthetic transformation, but the alleviation of the various health risks associated with obesity. It is a full and complete lifestyle change.

What Exactly is Liposuction?

During liposuction, fat deposits are removed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist with the use of a vacuum-like instrument or ultrasonic probe. The Food and Drug Administration describes liposuction as “a body-shaping procedure which is not recommended for medical weight loss.”

Typically, patients experiencing an ongoing battle with excess weight do not permanently benefit from liposuction, as the factors contributing to weight gain remain just as potent post-procedure as they were before.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Unlike liposuction, bariatric surgery’s primary goal is not to make temporary aesthetic changes, but to alter the way the body responds to specific factors that trigger excess weight. Bariatric procedures supplement lifestyle changes to make attaining and preserving a healthy weight possible for overweight men and women.

For patients who have struggled with persistent obesity, bariatric surgery is typically a more viable option than liposuction. By interceding in the processes that lead to stubborn excess weight, bariatric surgery can greatly lessen the likelihood of encountering weight-related health problems. It can also curb the likelihood of immediately gaining all of your excess weight back post-procedure.

For patients who have struggled with persistent obesity, bariatric surgery is typically a more viable option than liposuction. By interceding in the processes that lead to stubborn excess weight, bariatric surgery can greatly lessen the likelihood of encountering weight-related health problems. It can also curb the likelihood of immediately gaining all of your excess weight back post-procedure.
The benefits of bariatric surgery include:
  • Significant Weight Loss: While liposuction partially removes fat deposits, bariatric surgery teaches your body to burn and keep off excess weight.
  • Improved Health: For the obese, bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of developing weight-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and spinal complications. For men and women already suffering from one or more of these issues, bariatric surgery may reduce the severity of the ailment or eventually eliminate it entirely.
  • Mental Stability: Bariatric surgery can mitigate the prevalence and effects of depression, anxiety and extreme fatigue.
  • Better Quality of Life: Through bariatric surgery, patients can reclaim the lives they’ve lost to excess weight. Often, men and women return to activities they had become incapable of performing or try new things they’ve always felt hindered from attempting, such as hiking, cycling, coaching their child’s sports team or even traveling extensively.

If you’re considering bariatric surgery and have more questions about its advantages over cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, call our team of weight loss experts at 972-255-5588 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We are dedicated to helping you reach your health and weight goals safely and sustainably, so that you can fully pursue the life you love!

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