In our society in which image is of great importance, weight loss surgery and/or obesity surgery is becoming evermore popular as a means of making things happen on the size front.
Whether your weight loss surgery is for medical reasons or a nip and tuck / liposuction option, obesity surgery is now a tool that can be used to offset problems with diet and exercise as much as a medical reason.
So whilst we can all see that weight loss surgery is of benefit for medical reasons, is there an agreement that it's in the best interests of a new section of the population that eat too much of the wrong foods and don't exercise? How do you know if it's right for you?
This kind of procedure is sometimes used on people who have either been born with gross physical defects, or individuals who have been horribly disfigured in accidents. While for these people a reconstructive operation may not be necessary to the essential functioning of their bodies, it may be very important for their psychological well-being. Operations aimed at reconfiguring physical defects may free the individual of perceived "outsider" status, and allow them to live a normal social and emotional life.
Another reason for cosmetic operations is that certain re-constructive procedures can treat physical or medical ailments. Breast Reduction Operations for example can eliminate chronic back pain, and allow an individual to lead a more active life. Similarly, some individuals who suffer from extreme obesity may require operations to remove some fat, thereby making them more mobile and better able to handle a traditional diet and exercise program. Also, after extreme weight loss, some individuals may require that flaps of skin be removed which chronic obesity has caused to loose elasticity.
However, re-constructive procedures are not a substitute for a healthy diet or exercise plan and shouldn't be undertaken for a "quick fix". Cosmetic operations carry as many risks to health as more medically based procedures, and potential patients should make sure they clearly understand the risks involved. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, make sure your consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to help you figure out whether you could really benefit from a cosmetic operation, and, if so, recommend a suitable practitioner.