Liposuction vs. Natural Weight Loss, your thoughts

  • SwimNP

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    Jun 02, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    I have this friend and she's 5'6" and 260 pounds. She told me she was considering getting liposuction. Ofcourse I did educate her that w/o proper lifestyle modifications, the weight could come back. She told me that there would be a 3-6 month waiting window in which she gets evaluations, weighs in, and other things. I insisted on letting me just help her lose weight as I could take off a huge chunk if she was willing to work for it. Then in the 3-6 months it might not even be worth it to her anymore, and she would have built a healthier lifestyle and self-esteem.

    There's nothing really wrong with her. She has no morbid illness that restricts her from working out. There's no gland problem or anything like that. She is just really lazy and at this point would rather not wait for the weight to come off. She explained to me how she felt expressing feelings of shame and embarrassment just to even go bowling. Some days she felt like not going out at all.

    A while ago I did take her to our school gym. She seems overly anxious and I assured her that no one is looking at her that critically and would actually respect her for making the effort (as I do to anyone that goes to the gym). She did a mile walk on the treadmill, and I never could get her to go back to the gym.

    I realize that no one really wants to be fat. It doesn't happen overnight. It's a psychosocial thing that develops for many reasons until you reach the point of no return and completely let yourself go. I also realize I can't force her to do it my way if she has no desire to. The bigger thing I realize though is that one can not go from eating pizza, burgers, fries, and soda to eating vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, fruits, etc. over night. That type of dietary change needs to happen in small steps. I really believer her weight will just come back (with a vengeance) after the surgery.

    Should I just be supportive of the surgery?
  • Timbales

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    Jun 02, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    IMO, sounds like try to put a band aid on a hemorrhage - a short term solution to a long term problem. I'd be leery of any doctor who'd be willing to do it.
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    Jun 02, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
    Liposuction wont deal with the root problems. It is like getting a blow job to treat your cancer. The blow job sure is nice, but you are still packing that tumor.

    You are very good to offer to help her out though. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 02, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    If she feels shame and embarassment and thinks everyone is looking at her, she isn't to lazy to do it. She's too ashamed and embarassed to do it.

    She probably should see about the surgery. Losing that excess weight will probably end those feelings.
  • zakariahzol

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    Jun 02, 2009 8:35 PM GMT
    I heard of a lady who die after liposuction . Somehow the procedure led to internal bleeding and she die.

    This lady need to be careful
  • SwimNP

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    Jun 03, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    That's one thing I'm afraid of. There's no such thing as a completely safe surgery. I did think about how after the surgery she could be one of the few that actually exercise and make healthy life changes. I'd be happy if she did follow through on that plan.
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    Jun 04, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    I have read, and I don't know how true it is, that lipo removes fat cells, while dieting merely reduces them in size (sometimes a very small size). If she has a real problem losing weight it's something to consider, but I would be very careful about checking out dangers first.
    She doesn't have to go to a gym. Just walking an hour or so a day will cut out a lot of fat.