Obesity Surgery

Is Liposuction a Treatment for Obesity?

Liposuction is a procedure for shaping the body and is not recommended for weight loss. It is a surgical procedure in which fat is removed from under the skin with the use of a vacuum-suction instrument or with an ultrasonic probe that breaks up the fat into small pieces and then removes it with suction.
People with localized fat may decide to have liposuction to remove fat from that area. However, it doesn't guarantee permanent weight loss. To avoid weight gain after liposuction, people need to eat right and be physically active.
Liposuction complications can include:
  • Infections
  • An embolism (fat that gets trapped in the blood vessels, gathers in the lungs, or travels to the brain)
  • Punctured organs
  • Pain or numbness
  • Swelling
  • Burns
  • Skin problems
  • Reactions to the anesthesia.

Final Thoughts on Surgery for Obesity

Bariatric surgery may be the next step for people who remain severely obese after trying nonsurgical approaches for weight loss or for people who have an obesity-related disease.
However, as with all options for losing weight, there are no guarantees that obesity surgery will produce and maintain weight loss. Success is only possible with maximum cooperation and commitment to behavioral change and medical follow-ups -- and this cooperation and commitment must be carried out for the rest of your life.
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