Although weight loss surgeries, such as gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, gastric balloon surgery and others, are a great way to lose extra weight when the diet and exercise did not work, they come with a price that cannot be avoided which is scarring. Whether you choose to have laparoscopic surgery or an open surgery you are going to have some scars, but on the other hand, there are some ways to minimize the scars as much as possible.
Minimizing the scars depends on both the patient and the surgeon as each one of them has his/her role to minimize the scarring after surgery.
Minimal invasive surgery vs. open surgery in terms of scarring
You have the option to choose between open weight loss surgery and endoscopic weight loss surgery. With open surgery, the surgeon will perform bigger incisions resulting in more scarring. You can always ask your surgeon if you can go for minimally invasive surgery instead of an open one.
Scarless weight loss surgery
Nowadays, more patients are opting for single incision laparoscopic surgery. This new approach involves operating through only one small incision instead of the traditional big one in open surgery, or the five small ones in traditional endoscopic surgery.
In this kind of surgery, the surgeon will perform completely through the belly button, therefore the surgery will leave the patient with a barely visible scar or no scar at all in some cases. To undergo this type of scarless weight loss surgery you need a quite experienced surgeon with great skills in laparoscopic surgery.
Scarless weight loss surgery (single incision laparoscopic surgery)