Your Body After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery, also called gastric surgery, helps patients to lose weight by reducing the stomach and, consequently, reducing the intake of food. For people who have spent years living with morbid obesity, bariatric surgery sounds like a lifesaver. But bariatric surgery is major surgery performed while you’re under general anesthesia and complications can occur. Although surgery complications are usually a person’s biggest fear, some people are also concerned about changing their body – which is completely understandable! Bariatric surgery means big changes and facing a few post-surgery issues we may not like. It is good to know what negative things can occur with your body after surgery so you can be more prepared to deal with them.

 

Body Size

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Although bariatric surgery is not cosmetic procedure, your body will change appearance and obesity related conditions will be cured. No one loses their weight immediately, after a couple of months some changes become noticeable.  It is normal to lose as much as a pound for every first 30 days after the surgery. It is also possible to gain back the weight after surgery, so make sure you follow your doctor’s recommended diet plan after your surgery is over.

 

Loose Skin

Loose Skin

When you work to lose a bunch of weight, you dream of a tighter, toned body. You don’t picture extra, loose skin. But that’s a real possibility and one that can cause health problems and a poor self-image. The elasticity of your skin depends on how long you were obese and how much the skin stretched because of it. It doesn’t matter if you dropped pounds quickly or slowly. The longer it was stretched out, the less likely it is to bounce back. There are a few things you can do to help remedy loose skin, but the most common cure requires a shaping surgery and it is quite expensive.

 

Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

No one likes stretch marks, but they are a part of weight loss and weight gain for everyone – obese or not. Even if you rub creams, lotions and oils on your skin, you may not prevent stretch marks from forming. People often believe that weight loss will cause stretch marks to disappear as the skin shrinks. However, weight loss may not only make old stretch marks worse but also cause new ones to form.

 

Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair happens because of stress and lack of nutrition – common traits post-surgery. Basically, the hair comes to a dormant phase and fall out. The most important nutritional factors to help prevent hair loss are a diet with plenty of proteins and iron. Unfortunately, you cannot totally prevent hair loss from bariatric surgery, but this condition is usually only temporary. 

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