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How are liposuction and weight loss surgery different?

Liposuction and weightloss surgery are different in a number of ways. Liposuction is a procedure that is considered cosmetic. With liposuction, subcutaneous fat is removed from areas of the body that have a lot of it, such as the thighs, abdomen or arms.

Weight loss surgery includes a variety of procedures such as stomach stapling, gastric sleeves and gastric bypass. These surgeries aim to reduce the size of the stomach. Weight loss surgeries can be elective or can be medically recommended for treatment of diabetes and morbid obesity where weight loss would decrease the person's overall chances of heart attacks or strokes or other complications associated with obesity.

Dr. Keith A. Kreitz, MD
Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine) Specialist

Liposuction and weight loss surgery are differentin that weight loss surgery is like source control; liposuction is just treating the end effect. With liposuction some fat is suctioned off in certain cosmetic areas, but it has nothing to do with people's overall health or even longevity. That's what weight loss surgeries change. They change longevity by getting people's weight down. They impact a long list of things like high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, depression, joint pain, heart burn and others.

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