The Emotional Recovery After Weight Loss Surgery
For most people, weight loss improves after the surgery is complete; However, these positive changes can still have an emotional effect one’s self, their family, and friends. Below are some of the common emotional experiences that people may experience after a dramatic weight loss, and how they are often treated.
People who undergo weight loss surgery often turn to counseling shortly afterwards, or even before the procedure takes place. In fact, there are counselors who specialize in weight-loss surgery issues only. Some of these specialists have even gone through the procedure themselves, and therefore understand that weight loss surgery is no easy decision. One of the most common reasons why weight loss surgery can be so emotional is the fact that most people who decide to have the procedure have been unsuccessful in attempting nearly everything to try and lose weight in the past. Deciding to proceed with surgery can be scary. Seeing a counselor before and after surgery is a great way to set expectations and learn how to face any obstacles that may come your way.
After a successful weight loss surgery, you will have to make adjustments. It’s important to remember that many areas of your life will change. Your relationship with family members, loved ones, significant others, friends, and co-workers might seem different at first. If you lose a significant amount of weight after surgery, it can either make your relationships stronger or weaker. It’s important to understand that those who love you will learn to accept your decisions and your new look—they will love you no matter what.
Some bariatric surgery patients go through feelings of body dysmorphia or preoccupation with their old weight, feeling like they are still obese even though they’ve lost a significant amount of weight. This can happen after surgery when weight is lost rather quickly and the mind isn’t able to keep up with the sudden changes. Discussing these feelings with a counselor or support group is often an effective way to resolve body dysmorphia in weight loss patients. A supportive group will help the patient see their body for what it truly is.
Sometimes, with dramatic weight loss comes unwanted physical appearance like sagging of the skin. Especially after losing a large amount of weight, it is likely for skin to hang from the body in areas like the arms, stomach, or breasts. Saggy skin can have a serious impact on your self esteem and confidence. It can also lead to rashes and yeast infections in the folds. Some weight loss surgery patients decide to undergo cosmetic surgery to correct this problem.
Emotional support groups provide guidance, advice, and inspiration during your weight loss journey. They are a great way to meet other people who are going through the same thing and individuals who have successfully lost weight and kept it off after surgery. Marina Weight Loss Center offers a variety of seminars and support groups available to help educate and motivate those struggling with obesity. The Center seeks to help everyone get the information and help they need to achieve weight loss.