By Kriston J. Kent, M.D.
Losing weight can save your life. Aside from the individuals that need to lose a few superficial pounds to feel more confident, the critical importance of weight loss are for people that qualify as obese. Obesity is much more common, and unfortunately, much more dangerous than most of us would like to believe. Although some risk factors for obesity are physically calculable, others are established by physical symptoms affecting your health.
Contributing health issues and disorders are as follows:
• Coronary heart disease
• High cholesterol
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Sleep apnea
• Vascular disease
Losing weight is an understandable solution, but it’s often not without challenges. Obviously, we need to diet and exercise, but for individuals that are obese, this is much harder to achieve and maintain than it is for those at a healthy weight. When diets and exercise alone fail, a non-invasive, balloon procedure, called Obalon can get you to your weight loss goals in a short period of time.
Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery and MedSpa offer this advanced treatment option. In their office, qualified patients swallow a capsule approximately the size of a vitamin pill, attached to a micro-catheter. Using an X-ray, Dr. Kent confirms that the capsule is safely in your stomach. As the capsule dissolves, the balloon is inflated with gas. The micro-catheter is removed quickly and smoothly. With your physician’s OK, you’re all set and can go back to your daily activities.1
The Obalon Balloon System is the FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved balloon system for weight loss. The non-surgical treatment should consist of 3 lightweight balloons, placed gradually over 3 months. The balloons occupy space in your stomach, so you eat less, making weight loss easier. You should expect the Obalon System to be accompanied by a professionally-supervised diet and exercise program. The Obalon Balloon System is a 6-month treatment.2
During treatment, you will receive professional nutrition and exercise support to help you make the lifestyle changes that facilitate weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System supports you to help change your eating habits and keep the weight off for the long-term.2
The Obalon Balloon System can assist with your weight loss efforts, but your weight loss success is also dependent on your readiness to develop new lifestyle skills. The degree of long-term weight loss will depend on your ability to modify your lifestyle and maintain this behavior after the balloons are removed. It is important that you discuss your willingness to accept this commitment with your physician before undergoing the Obalon Balloon System.2
You are a candidate for the Obalon Balloon System if you have a body mass index (BMI) from 30 to 40 kg/m<sup>2</sup> and are 22 years or older. The program begins with the placement of the Obalon Balloons in your stomach for up to six months.
The program should be accompanied with a healthy diet and exercise program during the time you have the balloons and is recommended for six months after the balloons are removed.2
As a leader in the industry, Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery and MedSpa always offers the latest technology in skin tightening and fat reduction. By combining their pain-free fat reduction technique that uses radiofrequency heat to help eliminate fat cells, and procedures that tighten loose skin, and promotes healthy collagen production, you will receive remarkable contouring and skin tightening results.
Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery & Medspa
Dr. J. David Holcomb, MD is a Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Laser Surgery specialist, and Dr. Joshua C. Kreithen, MD is a Plastic (Breast and Body Contouring). Dr. Kriston Kent is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience in facial plastic surgery, non-surgical facial procedures and injectables. Furthermore, Dr. Kent obtained a Master’s in Public Health in Lifestyle Medicine from the prestigious Loma Linda University in 2010 and in 2012, he refined his approach to wellness with rotations at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard and the Center for Lifestyle Medicine in St. Helena, California. Dr. Kent brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in aesthetics industry to beautiful Carrollwood Florida.
Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery and MedSpa offers surgical and non-surgical treatments and programs that enhance the lives of both women and men so they can look and feel their best at every age. Their staff is comprised of an extraordinary group of professionals who enjoy empowering individuals to reach their full potential. They are committed to treating patients and each other with kindness, compassion and dignity at all times.
Please call them today to schedule your appointment.
Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery & Medspa
3642 Madaca Lane, Tampa, FL 33618
One South School Avenue, Suite 800, Sarasota, FL 34237
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Treatment. obalon.com, 2019
2. Obalon Therapeutics, About Obalon, What is the Obalon Balloon
System? obalon.com, 2019