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Liposuction – For fast weight loss, you really can’t beat liposuction. However, as with any surgery, liposuction carries some amount of risk. The risk increases with the number of areas to be treated and with the length of the surgery. Removal of large amounts of fat requires a longer operating time and therefore increases the risk associated with surgery.
The primary risks of liposuction are as follows:
It is also important to remember that patients who are immuno-compromised or suffer from diabetes, poor blood circulation, or heart or lung disease should not undergo liposuction.
In addition to the primary risks listed above, each of the different techniques (tumescent, super-wet, and ultrasound-assisted liposuction) can create other problems. Risks associated with specific techniques include:
There are also some factors that can influence the final result of your liposuction procedure:
Stomach Staple – The stomach staple or gastric bypass surgery, has seen a lot of media coverage lately. This surgery, which requires a general anesthetic, involves stapling off a portion of the stomach, usually to the size of a thumb. The lower intestine is then routed to this new “pouch” and digestion continues as normal. The benefit of this procedure is that the patient, after a 2 week recovery, feels full very quickly and is not able to eat as much, which naturally promotes weight loss.
As far as a method of fast weight loss goes, this is not the best choice. The results take from months to years to emerge, and require constant upkeep to maintain. When it comes to the surgery itself, the risks are much the same as liposuction, or any other surgery for that matter.
The primary risks of the stomach staple are as follows:
This procedure costs roughly $20,000 and is often covered by medical insurance. Not covered by insurance however, is the plastic surgery needed to remove the excess skin left over once the weight is lost. This skin can weigh as much as 20 pounds in some cases, and the surgery to remove it is expensive.
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