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Does cosmetic surgery help overweight people to look thinner?

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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics
12 doctors agree

In brief: Not the best choice

The primary goal of cosmetic surgery is not for weight reduction.
Overweight people can "look thinner" through safe weight loss with a proper dietary and exercise regimen. Sometimes if unsuccessful, bariatric surgery can be considered. After an overweight person has lost weight, then cosmetic surgery can be considered if needed to reduce stubborn areas of fat or loose skin.

In brief: Not the best choice

The primary goal of cosmetic surgery is not for weight reduction.
Overweight people can "look thinner" through safe weight loss with a proper dietary and exercise regimen. Sometimes if unsuccessful, bariatric surgery can be considered. After an overweight person has lost weight, then cosmetic surgery can be considered if needed to reduce stubborn areas of fat or loose skin.
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Weight Loss Options

Medical weight loss programs can help you lose a significant amount of weight.
After you have lost what you can, then consider surgical and non-invasive options like laser assisted liposuction and/or skin tightening procedures (ulthera, accent, etc). Removing excess skin with a facelift, tummy tuck, etc... May be recommended too. Hope this helps!

In brief: Weight Loss Options

Medical weight loss programs can help you lose a significant amount of weight.
After you have lost what you can, then consider surgical and non-invasive options like laser assisted liposuction and/or skin tightening procedures (ulthera, accent, etc). Removing excess skin with a facelift, tummy tuck, etc... May be recommended too. Hope this helps!
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: It can

Liposuction, breast reduction, tummy tucks (witch hazel) can all make an overweight person look thinner. The best results will always be when a person is close to their ideal body weight however, and being overweight puts a person at an increased risk for complications from surgery.

In brief: It can

Liposuction, breast reduction, tummy tucks (witch hazel) can all make an overweight person look thinner. The best results will always be when a person is close to their ideal body weight however, and being overweight puts a person at an increased risk for complications from surgery.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: It can

Yes it can but this is not one of the best reasons.
Looking thinner is best accomplished via diet and exercise.

In brief: It can

Yes it can but this is not one of the best reasons.
Looking thinner is best accomplished via diet and exercise.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Bruce Genter
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: After weight loss

Cosmetic surgery should never be used as an option for weight loss.
Patients should try to lose weight through a medically safe program of diet and exercise. After weight loss cosmetic surgery is useful to fully reach one's goals. This could range from small procedures, like liposuction of persistent fat pockets, to major operations like breast and thigh lifts, tummy tucks, (witch hazel) or body lifts.

In brief: After weight loss

Cosmetic surgery should never be used as an option for weight loss.
Patients should try to lose weight through a medically safe program of diet and exercise. After weight loss cosmetic surgery is useful to fully reach one's goals. This could range from small procedures, like liposuction of persistent fat pockets, to major operations like breast and thigh lifts, tummy tucks, (witch hazel) or body lifts.
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Dr. Reza Jarrahy
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: It can

Body contouring procedures such as liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are just that--contouring procedures.
They are not designed to be weight loss procedures. Of course, when we remove fat via liposuction or skin and fat via a tummy tuck the patients look thinner.In general, people who are closest to their ideal body weight tend to have better results from abdominoplasty...

In brief: It can

Body contouring procedures such as liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are just that--contouring procedures.
They are not designed to be weight loss procedures. Of course, when we remove fat via liposuction or skin and fat via a tummy tuck the patients look thinner.In general, people who are closest to their ideal body weight tend to have better results from abdominoplasty...
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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Many cosmetic surgery procedures are designed to give your body a leaner profile.
Examples are the tummy tuck, body lift, and liposuction procedures. However, you should first try to lose weight thru a diet and exercise program. It is never a good idea to have plastic surgery in substitution of weight loss. Dr. Ricardo rodriguez.

In brief: Yes

Many cosmetic surgery procedures are designed to give your body a leaner profile.
Examples are the tummy tuck, body lift, and liposuction procedures. However, you should first try to lose weight thru a diet and exercise program. It is never a good idea to have plastic surgery in substitution of weight loss. Dr. Ricardo rodriguez.
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Dr. Jason Hall
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Aesthetic surgery can help someone look slightly thinner, but none of them are designed to be weight loss procedures.

In brief: Depends

Aesthetic surgery can help someone look slightly thinner, but none of them are designed to be weight loss procedures.
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not really

While some forms of cosmetic surgery can help overweight people to have an improved appearance.
It is usually not the best way to proceed. It is usually best to achieve weight loss first then proceed with cosmetic surgery as you will get a better result.

In brief: Not really

While some forms of cosmetic surgery can help overweight people to have an improved appearance.
It is usually not the best way to proceed. It is usually best to achieve weight loss first then proceed with cosmetic surgery as you will get a better result.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology

In brief: Cosmetic surgery

Certainly cosmetic surgery such as body liposuction can make one look thinner. Facial liposuction has reduced jowls and fatty cheeks and necks.
Hooded upper eyelids undergoing blepharoplasty look younger and thinner. Cheek and chin augmentation can provide a better aesthetic contour and make a large face look better proportioned.

In brief: Cosmetic surgery

Certainly cosmetic surgery such as body liposuction can make one look thinner. Facial liposuction has reduced jowls and fatty cheeks and necks.
Hooded upper eyelids undergoing blepharoplasty look younger and thinner. Cheek and chin augmentation can provide a better aesthetic contour and make a large face look better proportioned.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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Dr. Jon Perlman
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Facial fat reduction

Facial and neck fat can often be safely reduced resulting in the facial appearance of significant weight loss.
The buccal fat pads make the cheeks appear round and do not respond to weight changes or diet. Also some people retain fat beneath their chin that can easily be liposuctioned to improve the neck contour creating a slimmer look.

In brief: Facial fat reduction

Facial and neck fat can often be safely reduced resulting in the facial appearance of significant weight loss.
The buccal fat pads make the cheeks appear round and do not respond to weight changes or diet. Also some people retain fat beneath their chin that can easily be liposuctioned to improve the neck contour creating a slimmer look.
Dr. Jon Perlman
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Dr. Jon Perlman
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Sometimes

Plastic surgery is not a replacement for proper diet and exercise.
Many people are somewhat overweight despite good eating habits and can be helped by liposuction, tummy tuck or breast reduction surgery to look thinner and more slender. These procedures do not help the "visceral" fat stored in the belly cavity and your surgeon will need to advise you how much each contributes to your problem.

In brief: Sometimes

Plastic surgery is not a replacement for proper diet and exercise.
Many people are somewhat overweight despite good eating habits and can be helped by liposuction, tummy tuck or breast reduction surgery to look thinner and more slender. These procedures do not help the "visceral" fat stored in the belly cavity and your surgeon will need to advise you how much each contributes to your problem.
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