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What is Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy?

This signature procedure provides a permanent weight loss solution, using concepts from traditional weight loss surgery to target total body fat on patients looking to lose 20 pounds or more.

The Cosmetic Sleeve promotes weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach via a needlescopic or laparoscopic surgery with incisions that are less than 3 millimeters, thus leaving virtually no scarring following recovery. This minimally invasive procedure is designed to restrict food intake and suppress the appetite, leading to rapid weight loss. With the needlescopic or laparoscopic approach to the Cosmetic Sleeve procedure, patients experience a faster recovery period with significantly less discomfort.

Designed for patients who would otherwise not be a candidate for weight loss surgery, the Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy compared to liposuction, tummy tucks, or other popular cosmetic procedures that only target specific areas, delivers total body weight loss with lasting results. Those who are looking to lose 20 pounds or more and have more than three “problem” areas are ideal candidates for this procedure.

This reimagined approach at weight loss surgery combines the precision of the traditional gold-standard bariatric procedures with the vision of aesthetic outcomes— giving patients a long-lasting foundation for sustained weight loss and an improved sense of self.


Dr. Michael Feiz is one of the few bariatric surgeons in the United States who is qualified to perform this advanced needlescopic technique. This technique coupled with Dr. Feiz’s exclusive innovative development of the Cosmetic Sleeve makes him one of the most highly sought-after weight loss surgeons in the nation for those looking to lose 20 pounds or more.

Am I a candidate for Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy?

The Cosmetic Sleeve is designed for patients with a Body Mass Index BMI of 30 or higher, who classify as overweight, but are not typically obese. This procedure is uniquely crafted for patients who are looking to lose 20 pounds or more, and for patients whose dietary interventions have proven time and again to be ineffective for sustained weight loss.

The Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy is well-suited for low-BMI patients given it is minimally invasive, has rapid recovery times, and is a sustainable solution to long-term weight loss management.

During your journey, we will do a complete assessment to see if you are a candidate for this advanced procedure. This may include an application that describes your health and weight loss history. We also will conduct other evaluations--such as nutritional, psychological, and medical--look at your BMI, and discuss any weight-related health conditions you may have.

Dr. Michael Feiz is the leading expert in weight loss surgery solutions and for years has been Hollywood’s go-to bariatric surgeon for the procedure we are now calling the Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy.

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Take our quick questionnaire to find out if you're a candidate for a Cosmetic Sleeve.

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Have you tried to lose weight on your own without success?

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Have you participated in diet & exercise routines and could not lose weight or maintain weight loss?

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Have you been told you do not qualify for weight loss surgery or cosmetic surgery procedures?

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Do you struggle with body image issues because of your weight?

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Do you have a Body Mass Index BMI of 30 or higher?

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Do you have more than three areas of concern you would like to target

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Have you successfully lost weight, and then could not keep the pounds off, ultimately gaining more weight back?

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Have you tried weight loss pills, or any “quick fix” remedy for excess weight?

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Benefits of Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Total Body Weight Loss with Long-Lasting Results
  • Reduced Hunger: By reducing the size of the stomach, a smaller stomach reduces the amount of food you are able to consume. In addition, the procedure prompts hormonal changes that assist with weight loss, control blood sugar and help you feel full.
  • Minimally Invasive: The Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy is performed via a needlescopic procedure, resulting in shorter operating time and rapid recovery.
  • Minimal Scarring: Because the procedure is minimally invasive, the incision points are four small 3 millimeter incisions, leaving virtually no scarring.
  • Rapid Recovery: The recovery takes effort and the diet is strict, however following the Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy, our patients recover fairly quickly, and most are up and around immediately. Most of our patients are back to work one-week following their procedure.
  • Improved Self-Esteem: Following the strict aftercare guidelines will give you a greater sense of control over your body, and weight loss following the procedure will ultimately have a positive effect on your body image, physicality, and your overall quality of life.
  • Improved Fertility: Although most of our Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy patients are not classified as obese, it is important to note that without weight loss intervention, even female patient who are overweight may experience a number of problems that could interfere with the menstrual cycle, and cause infertility, discomfort, and other distressing symptoms. Losing excess weight can improve fertility during childbearing years, and many women experience a reversal in infertility and menstrual issues following a weight loss procedure. Because of hormonal changes following a weight loss procedure, we recommend taking necessary precautions in preventing pregnancy the first year after surgery.

Preparation for the Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Our Concierge Team Approach

Our comprehensive weight loss program designed by Dr. Michael Feiz for the Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy combines four components: medical, nutritional, psychological, and surgical. Our multidisciplinary team evaluates each patient before surgery and develops a customized medical plan tailored to the patient, focusing on education and treatment, to make a positive impact on the intraoperative and postoperative processes. Keeping close contact with our concierge team and following the plan provided during your evaluations, is the foundation of success for your Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Preparation for the Cosmetic Sleeve

If you have been trying to lose weight for some time, but did not think you would be a candidate for weight loss surgery, it’s only natural to be anxious to get started once you have decided to move forward with the Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure. The good news is that Dr. Michael Feiz employs a comprehensive team that is committed to assisting you during your weight loss journey. Patients who diligently follow the recommendations and guidelines, as directed by Dr. Michael Feiz and his team, can expect to achieve the best weight loss results.

How Do I Mentally Prepare Myself?

It is important to ensure that a patient is mentally fit, understands the surgical process, and has the necessary commitment it takes to fulfill the recovery guidelines, and postoperative weight loss nutrition plan. This is imperative to minimize the risk of postoperative complications. With safety at the forefront of our standards, ultimately we aim to provide comprehensive patient care that leads to successful weight loss and a healthier happier life mentally and physically.

How Do I Physically Prepare Myself?

Before surgery, we recommend replacing one meal a day with a low carbohydrate protein shake. This will help prepare your body for the nutritional guidelines after surgery and help facilitate a weight loss jumpstart, and weight management that can decrease postoperative discomfort. Maintaining physical activity before and after surgery is recommended.

A Patient Has to Stop Smoking

If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably been reminded a great many times that the only thing worse for a person’s health than obesity is smoking. Not surprisingly, smoking also raises the likelihood of complications, and operations should be avoided until the patient has stopped smoking for at least thirty days prior to the procedure.

Medications to Stop

Before your Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery, you will also be required to adjust your medication schedule for a few weeks. Dr. Michael Feiz will give specific instructions, especially regarding your medications, to prepare you for surgery.

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Dr. Feiz and our skilled multidisciplinary team are ready to join you on your weight loss journey, and we will be with you every step of the way towards a healthier lifestyle. Unlike Gastric Bypass Surgery or a traditional Gastric Sleeve, the Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy is designed for those looking to lose weight, but are not struggling with obesity. Most Cosmetic Sleeve patients are looking to lose 20 pounds or more and have been unable to maintain weight loss with diet and exercise.

During these stressful times, our team is here for you. Get your weight loss journey started with a free phone consultation now with Dr. Feiz.

Recovering from the Cosmetic Sleeve Gastrectomy

As your body begins to heal, adhering to our weight loss surgery recovery guidelines can be difficult, but is necessary to ensure optimal results. Steps for weight loss surgery recovery vary by patient, because each treatment and recovery plan is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and goals.

Following surgery, pain is typically moderate on the first day. Recovery time varies by patient, however most of our patients are out and about walking the next day and can resume a non-strenuous job within 10 days of surgery.

Some patients begin to lose pounds within days of their surgery, and for others, a couple of weeks go by before the recovery stage of the process becomes easier and they begin to see positive changes.

We ask that you follow our recovery and post-op guidelines closely, which will be provided to you during your journey with us.

Why choose Dr. Michael Feiz?

The Cosmetic Sleeve is a highly sought after exclusive weight loss procedure developed by Dr. Feiz and designed for patients who would otherwise not be a candidate for traditional bariatric surgery. This elevated technique requires the proficiency and artistry of a skillful surgeon with established experience. Dr. Feiz is a board-certified surgeon and a noted expert in the field of weight loss surgery, having performed thousands of surgeries.

To find out more about cosmetic sleeve gastrectomies, contact us today at (310) 855-8058.

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