Cosmetic Surgery and Weight Loss

Are you looking to lose weight but need help beyond the gym and diet plan? If so, you may also be looking into cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is often performed to improve one’s physical appearance, but there are certain situations in which it could actually be a lifesaver. Though these situations often involve patients who are dramatically overweight.

One of the most sought after cosmetic procedures performed is liposuction.


Liposuction is designed to remove excess fat from the body in targeted specific “problem areas”. Common areas on both men and women include the underarms, thighs, and the abdominal area. If you are interested in undergoing liposuction, it's important to know that you may not necessarily be allowed to have the procedure. Quality cosmetic surgeons, namely the ones you will want operating on you, have strict standards and qualifications for candidates. These typically include those above the age of eighteen, in good health, and those who have the desire to lose weight. Good health and the desire to stay on a healthy path is important so that surgery complications do not arise and that surgery is not needed again in the future.

Unfortunately, those who are obese aren’t always good candidates for liposuction.

This is because only a small amount of fat can be removed at one time since there are dangers to removing too much. In some situations you may be a better candidate for other procedures such as gastric bypass surgery or another similar procedure, such as the Lap band. However, in all cases there are risks. For examples, those who are obese are likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems. These all increase the risk of bariatric surgery concerns and complications. Your primary care physician will be able to help you determine which surgery is best for you.

In addition to supporting weight loss, cosmetic surgery can also be used to help those who have already or recently lost a significant amount of weight.

If you've experience a large amount of weight loss, e.g., 100+ pounds, you may have a lot of excess skin hanging around. While this is normal and overall a very positive thing, it may nonetheless make you feel unattractive and scared to show off your great new, healthier body. This is unfortunate since one of your weight loss goals is to look good and can be a major factor in your motivation. However, cosmetic surgery, as previously stated, can provide you with the needed assistance. You can receive a full-body lift or target specific areas as needed. Although there are a number of side effects, including pain and discomfort, you will likely be pleased with the results.

Remember, not everyone is the perfect candidate for cosmetic surgery.

The first thing that you will want to do is find and choose a cosmetic surgeon and find a surgery centre in your area. Read More: Skin Peels & Exfoliators: The Need To Knows You can then schedule a consultation appointment for yourself. At this appointment, you will have the procedure explained to you and your surgeon will help you decide if cosmetic surgery is the best option for you.

Before proceeding too far, it's important to examine the cost.

If you are without health insurance, you will have to pay for the full costs of your surgery. Even if you are insured, you may still be responsible for the cost. Most cosmetic procedures, like liposuction and the removal of excess skin, are not covered. With that said, gastric bypass surgery and other similar procedures are about more than just improving physical appearance, as they can often be a lifesaver and thus may be covered in some cases. In any case, we encourage you to proceed cautiously and to do thorough research before deciding.

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