Why is every one afraid of cosmetic surgery?

Many patients after massive weight loss after bariatric surgery wish to eliminate excess skin and improve their body contour. However, the majority is “afraid” of this surgery because of the pain they think they might feel.


In my experience, as Director of The Ariel Center for Cosmetic Surgery, it is the complete opposite. 99% of our patients exit the Hospital the next day after surgery walking without the need of extreme care. Patients have medications (non narcotics) to control the pain, who the majority say it’s low or moderate. Part of the success in our patients is probably related with the type of anesthesia used in these procedures, which is spinal ascendant anesthesia; that is why patients don’t need to be under general anesthesia and thus recover in less than 5 hours. The team of anesthesiologists in The Ariel Center has more than 25 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, which makes a big difference.

In conclusion, I highly recommend the Tummy Tuck surgery to those patients who have lost a lot of weight after bariatric surgery, given that their self-esteem will incredibly improve and your body will look spectacular!

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OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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