Weight Loss Surgery: Is It For You? | Dr Mark Gittos | Plastic Surgeon NZ

Weight Loss Surgery or Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery also called bariatric surgery, is used as a last resort to treat people who are significantly obese.

For people who meet certain criteria, weight loss surgery has proved to be effective in significantly and quickly reducing excess body fat. Learn more about weight loss surgery in Auckland, NZ and about Dr Gittos, a Plastic Surgeon who helps patients with body contouring and excess skin after having weight loss surgery.

Bariatric Surgery: What is its main purpose?

Bariatric surgery, the formal term for various types of Weight Loss Surgery including Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass, is usually performed for health reasons, rather than cosmetic ones.


How Do I know if I’m a good candidate for weight loss surgery?

A consultation will help you plan your options and to discover what the best options for your weight loss are.

The two most widely used types of weight loss surgery are:

  • gastric band, where a band is used to reduce the size of the stomach so a smaller amount of food is required to make you feel full.
  • gastric bypass, where your digestive system is re-routed past most of you
  • r stomach so you digest less food and it takes much less food to make you feel full.
  • gastric balloon, where an adjustable sterile balloon is inserted to help fill up the stomach area so you can consume and digest less food and feel fuller.

How successful is Weight Loss Surgery?

Bariatric surgery can result in significant weight loss success but requires dedication to maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.

It’s important to factor in your lifestyle in terms of nutritional choices, exercise and mental health after any weight loss surgery.

You will need to stick to a rigorous and lifelong plan afterwards to avoid putting weight back on or long-term complications. This plan will include a carefully controlled nutrition plan, post-weight loss surgery diet and regular exercise.

Read about recommended diets and eating DOS and DON’TS after having a gastric sleeve or bypass surgery.

Weight loss surgery

As long as a person is willing and able to stick to their agreed plan afterwards, surgery can effectively reduce their weight and treat conditions associated with obesity, such as diabetes. Recent research carried out in America found that on average people with a gastric band will lose around half their excess body weight and people with a gastric bypass will lose around two-thirds of their excess body weight.

If you have weight gain issues then why not discuss solutions with us today?

New Zealand Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Mark Gittos, can assist patients with skin reduction after weight loss.

What other surgery will I need AFTER losing weight from bariatric surgery?

The top 3 procedures after significant weight changes from a gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or lap-band or gastric balloon include:

  1. Abdominoplasty or Belt Lipectomy
  2. Breast Reduction and/or Breast Lift Surgery
  3. Arm Reduction (Brachioplasty)

Does Weight Loss Surgery improve your Life Quality ?

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Remuera, Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos offers natural-looking cosmetic plastic surgery results and is highly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries. He is a caring surgeon and committed to delivering a top quality patient experience. With worldwide expertise, Dr Gittos is experienced in breast, face and body surgery for both men & women. He also performs Skin Cancer and Hand Surgery in his rooms.

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*DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Results will depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. All photos on this website, unless specified as consented real patient photos are stock images for illustrative purposes only. Results may be impacted by a variety of factors. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon. Consult your own Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details.


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