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Obesity Surgery Center

Bariatric Surgery is NOT Liposuction

Clinically severe obesity (also called “morbid” obesity) causes many different risks to health. The aim of surgery for obesity (called “Bariatric Surgery” or “Metabolic Surgery”) is to not only to lose weight but, more importantly, to improve health and increase the life-span. Bariatric surgery achieves this aim by various operations on the stomach or the intestines. Bariatric operations produce important hormonal changes that dramatically reduce the appetite and correct diseases, such as diabetes. Liposuction is not a bariatric operation. In liposuction, fat is removed from different parts of the body, using a hollow tube and a suction device. Liposuction is purely cosmetic surgery that aims to produce an attractive body-shape. Liposuction is performed by Plastic/Cosmetic Surgeons and not by Bariatric Surgeons. Liposuction may work well for some people, who want an operation only to “look good”. Liposuction does not have the health-benefits of bariatric surgery.