What is Obalon?
Are you struggling to lose weight through conventional means of diet and exercise? You are not alone. Millions of people find that eating nutritiously and exercising on a regular basis only go so far in losing weight, leaving them hovering above their ultimate goal. Fortunately, individuals who can relate to this issue now have an effective solution in the Obalon Balloon System—a new, non-surgical weight loss technology that is ideal for patients seeking to lose approximately 20–50 pounds.
Offered by Philadelphia plastic surgeon Louis P. Bucky, MD, as one of only two plastic surgery practices in the country, the Obalon Balloon System is the first—and currently the only—swallowable gastric balloon weight loss treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for individuals 22 and older. This innovative bariatric technique consists of three lightweight balloons that are ingested as capsules over the course of a few months. Once expanded, the balloons work to facilitate weight loss by taking up space within the stomach, enabling patients to become fuller while eating less. The balloons will be in place in the stomach for a total of six months, but nutritional counsel by a metabolic physician and additional beauty services by Dr. Bucky’s team will be included for an entire year.
The Obalon Balloon System is intended to be an adjunct to a healthy diet and exercise regimen for women and men who have not found weight loss success through these efforts alone. This non-surgical bariatric method has helped numerous individuals with a BMI approximately between 30 and 40 overcome being overweight and change their lives for the better.
What Can I Expect from Obalon?
Convenient, No DowntimeThe treatment is performed nonsurgically with no need for sedation in just 10 minutes
Proven WeightlossIn clinical studies, patients who used Obalon in combination with diet and exercise lost 2x as much weight over six months as those who attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise alone
Jump-Starts Long-Term ResultsWhen recommended diet plans and exercise routines were maintained post-treatment, clinical studies showed that an average of 89.5% of total weight lost was kept off and maintained at one year
Special Discounts & Promotions at Dr. Bucky Plastic SurgeryTo continue the self-improvement journey, Obalon patients will exclusively receive special access and savings on both non-surgical and surgical treatments at the practice.
Within six months I learned so much about best practices and how I was going to maintain it afterward. That six-month period I learned a lot of about nutrition, about fitness, about portion control. I've done diets but I never took it seriously as much as when I had the balloons.
The procedure itself was easy. I was in and out in maybe 10 minutes at the most. It was fast. I didn’t feel nervous at all. Once it's in, you don't feel anything.
Am I a Candidate for Obalon?
- Be at least 22 years old
- Have an appropriate Body Mass Index (BMI) near 30-40
- Be actively attempting to lose weight through diet and exercise
- Be committed to maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle during and after treatment
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Bucky’s associate, Dr. Ran Stark, and his nursing team, will discuss this criteria and explain the Obalon treatment in great detail. They will also identify various factors that may affect candidacy, such as problems with swallowing, previous bariatric procedures, current or prior medical conditions, and more. Once a thorough evaluation is performed and all requisites are reviewed, we will determine whether or not Obalon is right for you.
How Does Obalon Work?
Three lightweight balloons are ingested as capsules over the course of a few months.
Once expanded, the balloons work to facilitate weight loss by taking up space within the stomach, enabling patients to become fuller while eating.
The balloons will be in place in the stomach for a total of six months, but nutritional counsel by a metabolic physician and additional beauty services by Dr. Bucky’s team will be included for an entire year.
The Obalon Treatment Process
To begin the Obalon treatment, patients are instructed to swallow a small capsule attached to a small tube. This can be done easily with water, and no sedation or anesthesia is necessary. Once in place inside the stomach, the capsule dissolves naturally and the balloon unfolds. Dr. Bucky’s team then carefully inflates the balloon with air until the right volume is achieved (about the size of a small orange). One month later, this process is repeated with a second balloon capsule, and then again with a third balloon capsule at the discretion of Dr. Bucky’s team. The entire Obalon Balloon placement lasts six months, at which point Dr. Bucky and his staff will deflate and remove all three balloons endoscopically.
Throughout the course of treatment, it is imperative that a healthy diet and exercise program be maintained, as the Obalon Balloon System is meant to be an adjunct to these weight loss endeavors. To assist with this, Dr. Bucky will collaborate with other healthcare professionals—such as dieticians and fitness coaches—to develop appropriate meal and exercise plans based on your needs and goals on a routine basis. Our team will be here every step of the way to guide and support you during your weight loss treatment, and our aim is to ensure you are motivated and prepared to continue good lifestyle habits long into the future for lasting results.
Ran Y. Stark, MDPlastic Surgery Associate
Rachel Bria, BSN, RNRegistered Nurse
Meet Our Obalon Team
At Dr. Bucky Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves in offering the highest level of care and commitment to all of our patients. Our Obalon team is led by the dynamic team of our plastic surgery associate Dr. Ran Stark, MD and aesthetic nurse, Rachel Bria, BSN, RN.
With extensive international education and training in plastic and general surgery, Dr. Stark’s knowledge and experience with the Obalon weight loss system enables him to conduct all aspects of balloon placement and removal with the utmost safety and efficacy for optimal treatment. His expertise in body contouring, in particular, allows him to offer a specialized perspective and added value to our patients both throughout and after the Obalon system treatment.
As a registered nurse and Sculpt360 director at our practice, Rachel has a deep affection for patient care that is evident through the strong personal connections she establishes with every individual she treats. Rachel is highly skilled in performing a variety of cosmetic treatments and beauty services that can complement.
Our team, combined with our nutrition partner, Dr. Charlie Seltzer, helps patients lose weight, feel great, and take control of their health with lasting success.
Maintain Success with the Virtual Health Partners App
As part of our exclusive Obalon system, Bucky Plastic Surgery will provide the necessary tools for you to achieve—and maintain—optimal health and enduring weight loss results. This includes access to the exclusive Virtual Health Partners (VHP) app, which is a unique platform designed to give you around-the-clock assistance with various lifestyle components that are vital to successful long-term weight loss outcomes. The following are key benefits offered by VHP:
- Nutritional Counseling – Schedule live virtual consultations with a nutrition specialist who can teach you how to make healthy, sustainable changes to your diet.
- Exercise & Fitness Training – Watch exercise videos from an Internet-compatible device, or live-stream fitness classes and personal training sessions to stay active.
- Behavior Modification – Book appointments for virtual live behavior modification classes that concentrate on positively altering your lifestyle from within through practical coping mechanisms and management of everyday stressors.
- On-Demand Contact – Always have the ability to contact VHP’s specialists for questions or aid via the platform’s messaging system and extended consultant hours.
Together with the support of our Obalon team, Virtual Health Partners can help you truly make a lasting life improvement.
Financing Your Obalon Treatment
At our practice, we offer a number of payment and financing options to help make Obalon more affordable.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are interested in the Obalon Balloon System and would like to schedule a consultation with our team, please fill out and submit our Obalon Questionnaire. A member of our staff will reach out to you shortly.