Marina del Rey
Dr. David Stoker
4640 Admiralty Way #1000
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
With the problem of American obesity on the rise, plastic surgery after major weight loss and bariatric surgery in Los Angeles can be incredibly rewarding. Obesity is an epidemic worldwide, and that's especially true in the United States. Well over 30% of Americans are now obese, and the rate of obesity is increasing. The vast majority of Americans are overweight. The three main factors responsible for weight gain are:
Cultural influences and high calorie food options are also big contributors to the problem. One thing that's certain is that it's difficult to lose the weight once a person puts it on.
Diet is the most important contributor to an effective weight loss program. Extreme diets tend not to work long-term. Medications are also not an effective solution for most people. Lifestyle changes are needed to decrease calorie intake day after day so the cumulative effect is to shed weight over time. For most people to lose weight, the calories they consume must not exceed the calories they burn through exercise.
Exercise is important for cardiovascular health as well as for losing weight. By adding muscle mass, patients are able to increase their basal metabolic rate. That means the person will continue to burn calories at a higher rate even when they're sedentary. Aerobic exercise helps to burn calories at a faster rate so the benefits of dieting will be seen more quickly.
In Los Angeles, bariatric surgery is the last hope for many patients who are losing the battle against obesity. Gastric bypass and banding surgery are extremely effective at helping patients to lose weight. Although bariatric surgery is much safer now than it was over a decade ago, there are still substantial risks from the procedures that are not associated with diet and exercise.
When patients succeed in losing large amounts of weight, they often feel as though they have a second chance at enjoying a full life. They feel so much better and many of their medical problems resolve as well. For most, however, they're left with a large amount of loose skin that is a constant reminder of their former weight. Removing the loose skin is an important finishing step to usher in this new stage of life.
Most patients have a wish list of body areas to improve after their skin loosens with weight loss. In my consultations, I help patients understand the best options for improving their appearance. Whether it's through plastic surgery or exercise, I create an individualized plan that will allow the patient to achieve their goals.
I've found that plastic surgery after weight loss is a powerful incentive for patients to keep the weight off. Patients invest time and money for a plastic surgery transformation, and they're rewarded with huge improvements in their appearance. When the patient looks better and feels better, they can't help wanting to stay that way. Plastic surgery provides positive reinforcement for patients to keep the extra weight off.