San Diego Hypnotist

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Hypnosis vs Surgery for Weight Reduction

At 400 pounds I was certainly a candidate for Bariatric surgery. I am so glad I chose to use hypnosis. There are several reasons for this, but one reason is this, since hypnosis weight loss is gradual, (yes, not a quick fix, but certainly consistent) and if you do it right, making sure you get all your nutrients, water, and regular exercise, the skin will mold back to the body. People have a hard time believing I lost 200 pounds. They ask me if I had to have cosmetic surgery to remove old sagging skin. No, I tell them. Didn’t need to. The skin is very elastic. If you don’t lose the weight faster than the skin can retract, and you get enough nutrients, water, and exercise, the skin will hug the new shape. (For before and after pics of me visit this link: )The following is an article I found on the need for cosmetic surgery following Bariatric surgery weight loss. It’s enough to make a person squeamish, and call for a free hypnotic consultation.

By Dr. June Wu, (Columbia University)

Bariatric surgery is one of the fastest growing subspecialties in medicine. More than 63,000 bariatric procedures were performed in the US in 2002, up from 28,800 in 1999. However, patients often lose so much weight that the damaged, stretched-out skin becomes loose and hangs off the body. This redundant skin poses many problems for the patient, including continued poor self-esteem, inability to fit into clothes, interference with daily activities, and hygiene issues. Without surgical intervention, this skin will never “shrink into” the new body after obesity surgery.

Unfortunately, this unintended result is often not addressed in preoperative counseling. For example, the American Obesity Association and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery Web sites provide information about the rationale, indications, health benefits, potential complications, and follow-up for obese patients who are considering bariatric surgery, but there is no mention of the sequelae of loose skin and future need for body contouring procedures.

Fortunately, many obesity surgery centers of excellence now consider body contouring procedures, after massive weight loss, a vital part of the care of the obese patient. This is reflected in the increasing number of body contouring procedures performed by plastic surgeons across the country, with over 55,000 procedures performed in 2004.

However, patients must be aware that these are extensive procedures, requiring general anesthesia. The timing, sequence, and staging of body contouring procedures must be individually designed and planned for each patient in consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.

Bariatric centers of excellence consist of a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including the bariatric and plastic surgeons, psychiatrist/psychologist, dietitian/nutritionist, rehabilitation specialist, and internist. Optimal management of the obese patient requires a partnership between the patient and each of these specialists. Treatment should not be considered complete until the body contouring procedures are also accomplished.

Dr. June Wu is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University


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