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Study Reports on Outcomes After Bariatric Surgery Revisions

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 25, 2010

Many people undergoing bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric bypass, LAP-BAND surgery and gastric banding must return to the doctor’s office a few months after surgery for a follow up and additional treatment.

Bariatric surgery revision procedures may be necessary when the patient is not able to achieve the results they want, is unable to recover effectively from surgery, or if there are complications associated with the procedure.

A study published in the February issue of Archives of Surgery reveals that more people who are undergoing bariatric surgery revision procedures are able to achieve their weight loss goals and surgeons are improving their techniques as a result.

Researchers at the University Hospital of Patras, Rion in Greece studied 56 patients who had undergone revisional bariatric surgery between 1995 and 2008. The majority of the patients in the study were dissatisfied with the weight loss they had achieved with their procedure, and others had experienced severe nutritional complications and malnutrition. Participants were studied for about 102 months, and many had serious complications within 90 days of the procedure, including internal leakage, kidney failure and the development of a hernia at the incision site.

After the revision surgery, most patients experienced a significant decrease in body mass index and their nutritional problems were resolved.

According to the report from the authors in the Archives of Surgery, “As improvements in technique and instrumentation take place in the surgical field, along with the novel compelling application of bariatric surgery in the treatment of severe metabolic disorders, it is very likely that revision rates of both failed operations of the past and currently popular procedures will increase considerably in the near future.”

Patients who wish to undergo bariatric revision surgery may consider returning to their original weight loss doctor to discuss their options.

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Zeltiq Liposuction Alternative Enters U.S. Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 3, 2010

Cyrolipolyisis is one of the latest techniques for removing fat permanently, and is a patented cooling technique that is now used in the Zeltiq procedure.

Zeltiq has recently entered the U.S. market as an alternative to liposuction, and may soon become the latest competitor for Zerona and other non-invasive fat removal options available at medical spas around the country.

The Zeltiq procedure works by inducing the death of fat cells in the treated area using a suction cup that vacuums and sucks in folds of fat and then rapidly cools them for a full hour. This innovative procedure is only available at select plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in the United States and Canada, and is a non-invasive, painless procedure that may be a good match for men and women struggling to lose a few stubborn pounds.

The Zeltiq procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body that has an abundance of fat cells, and works on the underlying layers of fat, not just the subcutaneous levels. This results in a visible reduction of fat in the treated area, and most people see full results within a few months.

Zeltiq is currently available at the Naficy Plastic Surgery and Rejuvenation Center in Bellevue, Washington. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and does not require any anesthesia. Patients do need to complete the full hour cycle on each treated area in order to achieve results, and they can return to their regular activities and resume physical activities including exercise immediately after the treatment. In order to achieve optimal results, patients also need to adhere to a well-balanced diet and maintain a healthy exercise regimen.

More information about the latest liposuction procedures and non-invasive body contouring procedures can be found here.

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Lose It! iPhone App Helps Dieters Manage Weight Loss Goals

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 10, 2010

While many people work with a dietician or nutritionist as part of a nutritional counseling program when they are trying to lose weight, part of the weight loss process often requires keeping track of food and calories consumed over the course of the day, and logging this information into a journal. People who have resolved to lose weight this year may now have some extra help with the Lose It! iPhone App. The iPhone application has been developed by FitNow and features a large database of calorie information.

According to the New York Times, the application has been downloaded 3.5 million times since it was launched 14 months ago, and the free program makes it easy for patients to keep track of their weight and calories, and log in their food intake on a daily basis. It’s a simple and efficient program, and users can access a list of over 21,000 food items. They can also link their data to to see full-screen reports of their progress, trade diet notes from friends and post their progress on Facebook.

The Lose It! Application promises to be a streamlined weight loss application and is designed for the iPod Touch and the iPhone. In addition to keeping track of calories, the user can track nutrients including fiber, protein, carbohydrates and fat for each meal. They can also set a daily calorie “budget” and adjust it as they work through the weight loss process. listed the Lose It! iPhone App as one of its top 10 free iPhone apps to help people lose weight and get in shape, and gave this one an App Store Rating of 3.5 stars. Other popular iPhone Apps for weight loss include the iPump Free Workout, iMapMyRun and Calorie Tracker.

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Scientific Study Reports Probiotics Can Help with Weight Loss

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 29, 2009

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight with a new diet or exercise program, adding a few nutritional supplements to the menu may be your best option.

Several scientific studies report that probiotics, the healthy bacteria found in the stomach and intestinal tract, may be effective at triggering weight loss. According to a study published in the Nature journal in 2006, gut microbial populations are different in people who are overweight or obese and in people who are slimmer. Scientists are finding that adding probiotics to the daily diet may in fact help to decrease belly fat by changing the way the body uses and stores calories.

According to Dr. John Morton, director of bariatric surgery at Stanford, “the number of calories taken in depends on the type of bacteria in the intestines. If the makeup of those bacteria changed, the amount of calories absorbed would change also. The difference may be minimal at first look, but over time, that deficit can add up.” (Source:

Researchers from Washington University report that the bacteria in the digestive tracts of overweight mice helped them absorb more calories from food. The same bacteria were implanted into the intestines of a set of lean mice and triggered weight gain. Results of this study indicate that the type of bacteria found in the digestive tract do determine how many calories the person is able to absorb at any given time.

Probiotics can easily be integrated into the diet in supplement form, or simply by eating foods that naturally contain probiotics. Foods that contain probiotics include yogurt, miso, tempeh, fermented and unfermented milk, soy beverages and some types of juices. Some prepared foods are enhanced with probiotics and added during preparation. In addition to prompting weight loss, having healthy intestinal flora can reduce the risk of certain types of infections, ward off tooth decay and keep inflammatory bowel disease at bay.

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Go Wear Fit Armband Monitors Calories for Weight Loss

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on October 29, 2009

42-16033672Many people who want to forgo weight loss surgery in hopes of losing weight the natural way work with personal trainers, nutritionists and fitness professionals to stay motivated  and maintain steady weight loss with a weight loss program.

People who are watching their weight and committing to a healthy lifestyle often turn to calorie counters and weight loss journals to keep track of their process. The Go Wear Fit armband has recently been released to the consumer market by Ki Performance and US partner BodyMedia, Incorporated as a way to help people stay motivated and stick with their weight loss goals. The sensory armband is strapped onto the triceps to measure motion, skin temperature, changes in body temperature, and the galvanic skin response.

The reading on the monitoring device tells the person how strenuous a particular activity is, and how many calories they have burned from the activity. Individuals can upload the data collected in the armband into an online account and pay a monthly subscription fee to maintain it. In addition to monitoring calories burned, the Go Wear Fit armband can help individuals log their meals, make sure they are getting enough sleep, and also track the relationship between energy from food and energy that is burned throughout the day.

According to the Go Wear Fit website, the armband lets people decide what’s best for their lifestyle, and set their own personal goals. They can then monitor everything online and see how much progress they’ve made over the course of a week, month or several months at a time. The armband continues to collect data throughout the day, and provides accurate information 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The retail price for the Go Wear fit Armband plus the 12-month subscription commitment is $249.90.  More information about the Go Wear Fit armband can be found here.

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Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Unveils ‘First Year of Your Diet in a Day’ Program

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 22, 2009

reception_room_medRodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, a world-renown plastic surgery center in Beverly Hills, has announced its new transformative body sculpting procedure called the First Year of Your Diet in a Day ™.

This program is designed to help individuals lose a significant amount of body weight by jumpstarting their diet process with liposuction. The procedure involves removing only some of the body fat that the person desires to lose, and then focus on making dietary and lifestyle changes so that the patient can lose the remainder of the weight on their own.

According to Medical Director Dr. Lloyd Krieger, “At Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery, we believe there is a middle ground…We offer select patients liposuction designed to jump-start their dieting process…[this]  provides enough change that people are in the position to have greatly improved body image and continue the process of dieting – from a position of physical and emotional strength.”.

Dr. Krieger further points out that those who think they need additional help may be more suitable candidates for a tummy tuck procedure or a complete liposuction procedure.

The emphasis of the First Year of Your Diet in a  Day ™ program is to shift the focus away from instant results with liposuction, and focus more on maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the fat has been removed. Many patients who undergo liposuction struggle with keeping the weight off for months and years following the procedure because they do not maintain a healthy diet or undertake any type of exercise regimen. The First Year of Your Diet in a  Day ™ gives patients the opportunity to learn how to eat sensibly and start introducing exercise into their daily lifestyle so that it become easy to lose the weight and keep it off for the long-term.

Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery has relationships with nutritionists and other health professionals in the area so that the transition can be more successful for all patients.

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Probiotics Help Gastric-Bypass Patients Lose Weight More Quickly

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 27, 2009

CB006480Gastric-bypass patients are often required to commit to nutritional counseling sessions and a regular exercise regimen in order to lose weight and keep it off for the long-term. Researchers now say that many patients can benefit from taking probiotic supplements because these supplements help with the complete digestion of food, and can help prevent any major nutritional deficiencies.

A study published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery in July indicates that gastric-bypass patients that took probiotics immediately after their procedure, along with their nutrition program, were able to lose weight much more quickly than those that did not. The research was conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and was led by John Morton, MD, associate professor of surgery t the medical school.

Dr. Morton has performed over 1,000 gastric-bypass surgeries at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and states that he was surprised at the results achieved with probiotic supplementation when comparing the results of those in the control group. The probiotics group achieved approximately 48 percent weight loss, while the control group achieved approximately 39 percent.

Those who took probiotics also had higher levels of B-12 in the body, which is often depleted in patients who have had gastric bypass surgery. Many patients do struggle with nutritional deficiencies after gastric-bypass surgery because the digestive system may not work the same as it did before the surgery. Probiotic supplements may be effective in improving the digestive process and helping the patient absorb all of the nutrients they need from every meal.

The nutritionist or dietician that partners up with the gastric bypass patient can provide recommendations on brands and types of supplements that will be most beneficial for the patient. Probiotics are available over the counter at most drugstores and health food stores, but it is important for the patient to select a quality brand, and ensure that the caplets are easily digestible. For now, Dr. Morton and his research team suggest that all gastric bypass patients add probiotics to their nutritional regime.


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Sensa for Weight Loss – Does it Really Work?

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 18, 2009

sensaWhile millions of Americans continue to jump into the latest diet fad in hopes of losing weight, most end up stuck on a yo-yo cycle of weight loss and weight gain and miss out on eating foods they truly enjoy.

Sensa, one of the latest weight loss aids to enter the market, offers a radically different approach to dieting and weight loss.

Sensa works by curbing appetite so that eating smaller portions becomes a natural habit.  Instead of forgoing certain foods, counting calories and following restrictive diet plans, sprinkling Sensa crystals on food allows the dieter to continue to eat regular foods but pay attention to their body’s fullness response.  Sensa Tastants are designed to trigger the feeling of satiety early in the meal so that eating more simply feels uncomfortable.

Sensa is not a drug, and does not contain ingredients found in many diet pills on the market.  The product is made with maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, silica and natural and artificial flavors. It’s also calorie-free, and can be used as a topping or seasoning on almost any food. The product works by sending satiety signals to the brain and hypothalamus to naturally suppress the appetite.

But does this weight loss program really work?

The Sensa weight loss system is backed by several clinical studies and has been tested by Dr. Alan Hirsch, Neurological Director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.  He developed the flavorless crystals that can be sprinkled easily on food to make it easier to manage portions, regardless of the type of meal.  Since the Sensa weight loss system encourages people to pay attention to their feelings of satiety, it may help some people lose weight naturally because they are only eating when they are truly hungry.

A one-month starter kit costs $79 online, and larger quantities are available. Sensa crystals are designed to be sprinkled on meals and snacks to evenly coat the foods, and come in both Sweet Tastant and Salty Tastant varieties.

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Researchers Report Detox Diets Just a Myth

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 12, 2008

detoxIf you’ve been thinking about jumping into the latest detox diet trend to ‘jumpstart weight loss’ or lose a few pounds over the weekend, you may be putting your health at risk.

Detox diets continue to be one of the most popular fads of the diet industry, and ‘detoxers’ claim that you can get rid of cellulite, reduce bloating, and flush your system in a few days by eating certain foods.  However, health experts in England are saying that the effects of the detox diet are based more on marketing hype than solid research.

Martin Wiseman, a visiting professor of human nutrition at the University of Southampton explains that, “The detox fad – or fads, as there are many methods – is an example of the capacity of people to believe in and pay for magic despite the lack of any sound evidence.” (Source:

Researchers in the United States also report that many detox books and quick-fix solutions that promise to get rid of toxins do not speed up the natural detoxification process, and most people experience a significant amount of discomfort from most detox programs that require a drastic reduction in calories and a cold-turkey approach for eliminating caffeine, sugar and alcohol from the diet.  Some foods may even cause more discomfort; vegetables such as cabbage (i.e. the Cabbage Soup Detox Diet) can contribute to bloating and excess gas, and  are generally a naturally toxic food.

The latest detox diets continue to grace the covers of popular women’s magazines and appear in different forms as the latest diet book or trend.  However, most people who jump into a reduced-calorie program in attempts to ‘flush’ away pounds may be doing more harm than good.

Dieticians and nutritional therapy experts encourage avid dieters to simply stick with a healthy eating plan that contains a significant amount of leafy green vegetables, is low in sugar, and contains enough fiber for the individual to get rid of toxins naturally and on a regular basis.

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WSJ Reports Cellulite Treatments Offer Limited Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 20, 2008

For thousands of women batting cellulite with the latest innovative treatment, procedures including SmoothShapes, VelaShape and LipoDissolve continue to be an attractive choice for many.  Instead of turning to surgery to get rid of fatty pockets, these cellulite reduction treatments work through the skin’s surface to deliver a deep, heated massage (VelaShape) or break down fat cells with compounds delivered via injection (LipoDissolve).  As popular as these non-surgical options are, some people don’t always achieve the dramatic results they are looking for.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the issue, indicating that the market for these treatments is expected to grown to $200 million a year by 2012, but studies and research on the effectiveness of these treatments are showing limited promise.

“We do not have any data or information about how long the effect lasts,” says Karen Riley, a spokeswoman for the FDA, which has cleared more than a dozen devices for cellulite treatment. (Source:  Wall Street Journal)

Most of the anti-cellulite procedures require a series of treatments in order to see any major results; a set of 6 – 10 treatments is the typical treatment plan, and patients are advised to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle during the process.

Critics of these programs suggest that most treatments only provide temporary results, and that most are just ‘glorified’ massage treatments that only reduce dipmles and the appearance of cellulite for the short term.

Still, supporters of celluite treatments claim that these non-surgical methods are a valuable way to lose a few inches, tighten up the skin and enjoy results within a few short months.

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