Bariatric Surgery vs Liposuction – for patients just discovering these treatments, there are fewer questions more important than ‘Which is the right procedure for me?’. But contrary to popular belief, the two procedures are not as similar as it may seem to a lay person as we are going to elaborate in a moment.
Bariatric Surgery vs Liposuction
Bariatric surgery is an overall weight loss solution. In other words, it supports weight loss all over the body, rather than just in “trouble spots”. Conversely, liposuction surgery supports the slimming and smoothing of one body area or body part, or a couple or a few body areas or body parts.
Understanding this crucial difference is important, as knowing how these procedures differ will help you to make a wise and informed decision about which type of operation is right for you.
Bariatric Surgery for weight loss
This type of surgery makes weight loss possible by reducing stomach size via the placement of a gastric band or through the removal of a section of the stomach. This type of procedure is only recommended for those who are severely overweight and experiencing health problems and/or increased long-term health risks due to obesity.
Once this form of surgery has been performed, the patient won’t be able to eat as much food. The stomach will hold only a small amount at one time and eating more than the stomach will hold will cause discomfort. Since the patient will eat so much less, weight loss will be dramatic.
As with any form of surgery, this one may cause side effects and there will also be a risk of complications. Surgery requires incisions, general anaesthetic and so on. This is why you will need to speak to your doctor in order to find out if you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure whereby fat is suctioned out of trouble spots via a cannula tool. This fat is then discarded and fat cells won’t regrow in treated areas. Liposuction is an invasive procedure which should be performed by a plastic surgeon. For best results, book a procedure with a plastic surgeon that is board-certified.
This type of plastic surgeon will have hospital privileges due to his or her strong reputation in the medical field. Liposuction requires recovery time, as all forms of surgery do, and it also comes with risks. Bruising, bleeding and infection are risks associated with liposuction plastic surgery.
Now that you understand the difference between these two procedures, you will be ready to decide which one is best for your needs. One tip is to book a consultation with a plastic surgeon or a surgeon who specializes in bariatric procedures. Liposuction doesn’t require a doctor’s referral. However, bariatric surgery probably will.