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Liposuction or Weight Loss Surgery or Both?

Deciding on having liposuction or weight loss surgery is one of the frequently asked questions by our patients. So, here we are  to answer this question simply and clearly. It is always important to have the simple facts about the procedures before making any decision. Then, let’s start with some information about liposuction and weight loss surgery before comparing the two.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical operation that aims to remove undesired fat from different parts of the body. Liposuction is usually performed on body areas where fat is usually stored such as tummy, buttocks, arms, thighs, chin.

Liposuction is a great solution for stubborn fat which does not go away no matter how much you exercise or how hard you try on losing weight. And the good thing about liposuction is the fact that the results are permanent as long as you maintain your weight and healthy lifestyle.

Liposuction aims to correct the body contouring. You can achieve your desired body shape with liposuction. Liposuction is the right method for you if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) under 30 and have been in your ideal weight for some time. But if your main aim is to lose weight, liposuction is not the right method for you. Ah! By the way, if you don’t know your BMI, you can easily calculate from our Weight Loss Surgery in Turkey page.

So, if you struggle to lose weight, then weight loss surgery might be an option for you. OK, let’s talk a little bit about bariatric surgery now!

What is Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, aims for drastic weight loss. If the patient’s BMI is still over 35 despite endless diets and workouts, then weight loss surgery might be considered as an option. Some people with BMI between 30-35 are also accepted to bariatric surgery if there is a significant comorbidities such as diabet.  Bariatric surgery is also helpful for treating some conditions such as insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, hyperuricemia, gout and sleep apnea.

There are different types of bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve also known as sleeve gastrectomy. In Turkey, weight loss surgery is performed by using the minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery technique.

Our contracted bariatric surgery surgeons advise the patients to go on high protein and low carbohydrate diet for one or two weeks before the surgery. The aim behind that is to make the surgery safer by reducing fat cells in the liver.

In bariatric surgery, it is very important to stick to a diet after the surgery. Our contracted surgeons and the dieticians support our patients during this stage too, until they reach their ideal weight.

Liposuction or weight loss surgery – which one is right for me?

The answer to that question is pretty simple. You need to ask yourself if you struggle with losing weight or stubborn fat on some parts of your body?

To be more specific, if you have a BMI under 30 but have some unwanted fat on your body and want to enhance your body shape, then liposuction might be a good option for you.

If you have a BMI over 35 and struggle to lose weight no matter how hard you exercise or follow a diet, then a weight loss surgery might be the best option for you. After your weight loss surgery, if you think you need body contouring then you can consult us to have post-bariatric plastic surgery procedures such as arm lift, tummy tuck, lower body lift.

It is important to know that liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery. It is a great plastic surgery for body contouring for people who have a BMI under 30 and struggle with some unwanted fat. Bariatric surgery is a surgery for drastic weight loss that also aims to fix certain health conditions caused by obesity. So, they are different types of procedures with different aims.

In short:

  • Liposuction focuses on body contouring but bariatric surgery focuses on losing weight.
  • Liposuction aims to improve the body shape so it is a plastic/cosmetic surgery procedure whereas weight loss surgery aims to lose weight and improve the physical health so it is medical.

We hope with this blog post we could answer some of the questions you had about liposuction vs. weight loss surgery. If you would like to find out more information on that or want to have your treatment plan please contact us now!If you would like to find out more information on that or want to have your treatment plan please contact us now!

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