An Optional Aftercare Service
What is Weight Counselling?
At Allure, we recognise that everyone has different reasons for weight gain. Be it bad habits, life events, or personal trauma, sometimes we need to look a little deeper than our diets in order to really get to the bottom of things. That is why we offer all our patients the additional option of bespoke Weight Counselling sessions with our in-house specialist Dr Mark Bruce. During these sessions you will work with Mark to uncover what it is that has been preventing your weight loss journey from really taking effect. Alongside our gastric balloon programme, this counselling will work to help you to curate a healthier, and more confident way of living, and maintain your weight loss. Making this part of your aftercare programme is as simple as discussing it with our team.
Meet Dr Mark Bruce
“During these appointments, I will help you explore and understand a bit more about your eating habits and relationship with food. Becoming overweight isn’t necessarily due to a ‘simple choice’ or a ‘lack of willpower’. There may be a complex combination of biological, psychological, environmental, and social factors to consider.”
Friendly 60-minute Sessions
Talking points may include, amongst other things, whether there is a link between your feelings and eating habits, or how you relate and speak to yourself when ‘slip-ups’ happen. By the end of your programme, my aim is that there will have been time for reflection, insight, and learning of some helpful tools and strategies to take forward and continue working on.
If you feel as though weight counselling may benefit you on your weight loss journey, get in touch today in order to discuss adding this service to your gastric balloon placement and aftercare with Alliure Weightloss. Our specialists will be able to help advise all additional costs, along with any other questions you may have regarding Dr Bruce’s sessions.
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Post Programme FAQ's
As long as you practice what you have learnt throughout the programme there is no reason for you to put weight back on. In fact studies show that 95% of weight loss can be sustained at 12 months if lifestyle changes are being maintained.
Most people can return to normal activity within a few days. However, many people do experience nausea, abdominal cramping and, occasionally, vomiting after balloon placement for the first three days.
In most cases, your will prescribe commonly used medication to help manage these symptoms as part of the package.
There are no absolute dietary restrictions with the Elipse Programme. However, to make the most of the programme and maximise your weight loss and comfort, your nutritionist will tailor recommendations for you, your body and your weight-loss goals.
After approximately 16 weeks, a time-activated release valve on the balloon will open, allowing it to empty and pass naturally without any medical intervention when you use the toilet. In rare cases, at the time of passage, the balloon may be vomited.
Six weeks after your balloon has passed, you can once again have a second balloon, if you feel you really need it. Having two short term balloons with a 6 week gap is far more effective than having a 12 month balloon.
Once the balloon has passed, you will continue to meet your dietitian, and your stomach would have now adjusted to your new eating habits learnt over the course of balloon residence.
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