Some say this new tongue patch diet may be too hard to swallow. A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Nikolas Chugay, of Chugay Cosmetic surgery Medical Clinic, recently began surgically sewing a “Miracle Patch” to his patients’ “taste-loving tongue”.
This alternative to extreme weight loss measures such as the gastric bypass or lap band surgery, makes it painful to eat, therefore producing “a means to lose weight never before offered by other surgeons.”
According to Chugay’s clinic, for just $2,000, customers can have the patch sewn to their tongue, versus gastric bypass surgery and lap bands can run between $14,000 and $35,000.
The reversible procedure takes less than an hour. The patient is fitted with a custom patch for the tongue. With six stitches, it "makes chewing of solid foods very difficult and painful, limiting the patient to a liquid diet", said the Los Angeles plastic surgeon who created the patch, Dr. Nikolas Chugay. The patch must be removed after a month so that it does not "become incorporated into the tongue".
According to Chugay, patients leave the office with a liquid diet plan, which fulfills all of their nutritional needs while at the same time minimizing caloric intake to 800 calories per day. Patients lose between 20 and 30 pounds in one month, or 55 pounds in two months, and compared to the lap band procedure, Chugay says, the tongue patch is safer.
The question exists; will patients be able to keep off the weight after the patch is removed? Chugay says, they will.
In a video on his website, Chugay says, “It gives me a chance to retrain, to help the patients, to modify their way of eating, of exercising it is lifestyle modification that we are accomplishing with the patients.”
He goes on to say, “As you know, obesity has reached epidemic proportions in this country. There are many children, there are many teenagers who are overweight, there are massive quantities of adults that are obese or severely overweight, and so, in my travels I have seen something that I thought would help my patients to lose weight quickly and efficiently, and that’s called the tongue patch procedure.”
As it is said, “no pain, no gain”, or in this case perhaps it’s no pain, no loss.