After the dramatic weight loss that comes with weight loss surgery some patients desire additional aesthetic procedure’s to achieve their desired shape. Body contouring treatments range from abdominoplasty to minimally invasive solutions, such as SmartLipo, ThermiTight, ThermiSmooth, laser skin resurfacing and anti-wrinkle treatments among others.
We’ve teamed with Lakewood Aesthetics to offer the latest in minimally invasive and non-invasive options, including laser hair follicle stimulation if hair loss occurs following weight loss surgery.
A persons weight and BMI are not the only factors in assessing the presence of obesity. It is necessary to determine the specific amount of lean muscle mass and fat mass to more accurately diagnose obesity and recommend treatment. We often use this information to communicate with insurance companies as to a persons true prevalence of obesity. At times this helps you get insurance approval surgery for those with a BMI under 35. This also aides to determine the amount of fat the can be targeted for weight loss. The body distribution of fat is determined for each extremity and torso, and we track the progress of each patient through their weight loss program.
Measuring your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is essential to achieve your short and long term weight loss goals. We determine what your metabolic rate should be based on your weight, height, gender and age and then compare it to your metabolic rate that we precisely measure in our clinic. This helps us design the most effective dietary and exercise regimen. This important information also allows us to complete a proper evaluation of underlying medical conditions that can slow your metabolic rate. This unique approach takes the guess work out weight loss and helps you understand the amount of time it will take to reach your goal.
Eating healthy shouldn’t be a barrier to your long term health and wellness. Take the guess-work out of proper nutrition with our nutritional counseling programs and pre-packaged meal options. We fully evaluate your caloric requirements, medical history and cardiovascular health. While we provide a very specific dietary recommendation to achieve your overall goal we also understand that successful long term dietary habits are created from eating foods you enjoy. We’ll work with you to find an approach that’s sensible and enjoyable.
Long term success following weight loss surgery is better when it’s coupled with a healthy support system. To that end, we offer nutritional guidance, exercise physiology and certified fitness training, but also enlightening psychological insight as well. We have a well-organized support group, exercise group, Facebook and Twitter pages. Our location near White Rock Lake was chosen because it allows access to use the biking trails, walking trails, exercise stations and park to your advantage. More important though is the opportunity of sharing your experience with others in a healthy environment. It releases powerful endorphins in the brain and is a healthy and natural journey to happiness. We also have regular meetings regarding the role food plays in your life. In the simplest sense obesity is a form of substance abuse. In fact, functional MRI brain imaging show strikingly similar results for any kind of substance abuse, be it food, drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, sex, etc., etc. This we understand better than anyone else and know exactly how to help you succeed.
We commonly use a variety of medications to achieve optimal weight loss. The choice of medication is determined by each patient’s medical history, risk assessment and side effect profile. There are many options and we’ll find the right combination to optimize weight loss and reduce the risks of side effects.
Regaining weight after bariatric surgery is often a frustrating and defeating experience. Fortunately you are not alone and there is hope. The emotional complexity associated with eating is an underlying force that can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and progressive weight gain. We understand this challenge and offer a unique and innovative approach to get you back on track.
It is not uncommon to regain some weight in the long term following weight loss surgery. The amount varies with each person, the type of surgery and age, but averages about 10% at 5-10 years. We understand the anxiety weight regain can cause and assess other medical or anatomic reasons that can cause weight gain. This includes testing the metabolic rate, body composition, dietary and exercise habits and anatomy of each person.
Should additional surgery be necessary, we have a unique approach focused in 3 areas. First, the anatomy of the previous operation is evaluated in our radiology suite at the first appointment. We frequently find abnormalities that can be addressed although additional information is needed to fully properly treat the issue. Things that commonly contribute to weight regain include the size of a pouch, the size any intestinal anastomoses, increasing drive of hunger and the emotional impact of becoming overweight again. We individualize each approach but the overriding force in most cases is the powerful feeling of hunger combined with tolerating increasing portions of food. We understand this we, and while many weight loss programs simply guess, we know where the problem lies and will address it an effective way. Please see “Revision weight loss surgery” for further information.