Aesthetic (bikini line) stomach reduction surgery (Bikini Line Gastric Sleeve) is performed laparoscopically (minimally invasive). During the operation, 4 small incisions are made in the abdominal wall: 3 of them in the bikini area, and one in the navel area.
During the operation, about 80 per cent of the stomach is removed, forming a narrow stomach of about the shape and size of a banana. Once the stomach has been reduced in size, food intake is limited. In addition, the procedure stimulates hormonal changes that help to lose weight and alleviate overweight-related conditions, such as high blood pressure or heart disease, sleep disorders, diabetes, joint diseases, etc. This surgery can be performed on patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more, and on patients for whom diet and physical activity are not effective means of losing weight.