Comparing Bariatric Surgery & Liposuction
If you struggle with your weight or are unhappy with the amount of fat on your body, you may be looking for a way to change that. Diet and exercise can help you toward your goals, but what if you want more immediate, effective results?
Thanks to medical advancements, you do have other options when it comes to getting the healthy, more slender body that you desire. Two of the most popular options include bariatric surgery and liposuction. Here’s a brief overview of each of these procedures and how to tell which one may be best for your situation.
Purpose of Each Procedure
Bariatric surgery is designed to help people who are significantly overweight or obese. It’s a name for a weight loss procedure that is supposed to produce long-term results. The different types of bariatric surgery are all performed to suppress your appetite and limit the amount of food you can take in.
You won’t lose weight immediately. Instead, you’ll continue to lose weight as you eat less and maintain a healthier lifestyle. You should start to lose weight and mass all over your body—not just around your stomach.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, but a fat loss procedure, designed to help relatively healthy people who want to target excess fat on a specific area of their body. It offers nearly instant gratification, as your doctor will physically remove the unwanted fat from your body.
To maintain the fat loss, you will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Because liposuction is targeted, you won’t lose weight or mass on your whole body. You will only lose fat (which will lower your weight somewhat) in the treated area(s).
How Each Procedure Works
There are a few different methods of bariatric surgery, but they all have the same goal. The different methods include gastric bypass and the Lap Band procedure, among others. Depending on the chosen procedure, your doctor may either remove a portion of your stomach or block off part of it from the rest, shortening the path to your intestines.
There are a couple different techniques for liposuction—involving cutting away at fat, lasering it off, or powering it away with water. Your doctor will target the specific area using a highly precise tool and physically remove the fat from your body altogether.
How to Tell if You’re a Candidate
An ideal candidate for bariatric surgery is significantly overweight or obese—with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30–35. Your doctor can offer more specific advice, but you may be asked to try diet, exercise, and other methods of weight loss before choosing bariatric surgery.
An ideal candidate for liposuction is someone in relatively good health who just has a little extra fat that they can’t seem to get rid of. It may be a mother who can’t lose the excess baby weight or someone who has never been able to get the flat tummy they’ve always wanted.
Contact us to schedule a consultation to see if bariatric surgery may be right for you.