January 2, 2013 – Ahh, the office parties, family get-togethers with big meals, the fudge…and the pounds. Chances are the holidays added some unwanted weight for many of us. And while a few pounds may be lost by sticking to a New Year’s resolution of better dieting and exercise, more serious weight problems may warrant cosmetic surgery options like a gastric bypass. If you are considering any type of weight loss surgery there are a few facts you should know first.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a gastric bypass is usually reserved for men or women with a body mass index of 35 to 40. Overall good health is a must and age can be a factor too. Those younger than 18 or over 65 may not be able to have this type of weight loss surgery.

Any type of weight loss surgery, be it a gastric bypass or other type of cosmetic weight loss surgery, isn’t a long-term solution to overall weight loss. True, it can reduce your risk of developing weight-related health issues like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But if you don’t improve your diet and fitness habits after surgery your gains will be lost and you’ll start to pack on the pounds again.

Another myth about weight loss surgery is that you won’t be able to eat the foods you like after surgery. Again, this goes back to improving your eating habits and making healthier choices. A liquid diet will be necessary for one to two weeks before and after having a gastric bypass or other form of weight loss surgery but then you can slowly return to normal food.

Having to live with scarring and excess skin are other myths some people believe about weight loss surgery. Advances in laser and laparoscopic techniques have reduced the size of the incisions needed and body contouring options as well as removal of loose skin can really improve your look after weight loss surgery.

Another common myth about weight loss surgery is that like other forms of cosmetic surgery, it won’t be covered by your insurance, but there are exceptions. Just as with some breast reduction surgeries, if your excess weight is causing health problems then your insurance may pay for the procedure. Consulting with your primary care doctor, cosmetic surgeon and individual insurance company can give you the answers you need about weight loss surgery, what options are available to you and whether your insurance will pay for it.

[tags]Weight Loss Surgery, Gastric Bypass, Body Contouring[/tags]