The diets are one of those great mysteries of human nature . We all know how to lose weight : eat less and move more. And yet, instead of doing that, we entrust ourselves to the fast track: miracle diets and miracle pills. Now, a new technique to lose weight is taking the saying “to look you have to suffer” to its most painful end.
A California plastic surgeon, Nikolas Chugay , invented in 2009 what could very well be described as the most bizarre and dangerous method of weight loss. For around 2,000 euros , the surgeon staples or sews on the upper part of the tongue the so-called ‘slimming mesh’ or, as he calls them on his website , ‘miracle patches’ . It does not take ten minutes.
A nightmare for your mouth
The patch makes eating a solid a nightmare for your mouth. When a food is chewed, it moves and pulls the muscle causing unbearable pain . The patient leaves it there for about a month – it is usually less, as few can stand it – and it subsists thanks to an 800-calorie protein shake provided – of course – by Chugay himself. Those who manage to tolerate the experience lose on average about nine kilos in the month .
The surgeon is the only one who does it in the US, but, according to the magazine ‘ Time ‘, has exported the operation to countries in Latin America, where it is becoming even more popular . Chugay says on his website that he has done this procedure more than 150 times, but Dr. Ana María Parra of Venezuela says she has treated 900 people in two years .
Even with its clear disadvantages, it is a less invasive procedure than other surgeries such as gastric bypass or stomach stapling
“I do not have the willpower to do a diet, so this is the only way I have to lose weight,” says Yomaira Jasper with the patch in her mouth. “At the beginning you can not even move your tongue because of the pain. I tried to eat solid foods, but it’s impossible, “he says. “It’s a good solution, I do not see it extreme,” adds his mother. “It teaches you to eat differently and shows that there are alternatives.”
Without medical guarantees
Indeed, patients lose weight, but, as he confesses to ‘ The New York Post ‘ Paul Chugay , which is also part of the family business, the method is far from foolproof and has been endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration US United (FDA) “From time to time patients relapse and eat a Bic Mac or some chips using the sides of their mouths,” is justified.
The Chugay usually expose the case of his administrative: he went down from 90 to 68 kilos in a month thanks to the ‘miracle patches’
One in ten patients will have their stitches dropped at some point during the month or they will even have trouble speaking, the Chugays confessed in an article in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. Even with these clear disadvantages, it is still a less invasive procedure and prone to develop complications than other surgeries such as gastric bypass or stomach stapling.
Erica Renteria stars in one of those stories that the Chugay family likes to tell in their interviews. They talk about it as proof that their method, although unorthodox, works: from 90 to 68 kilos in just one month . “It increased my self-esteem and pushed me to achieve my goals,” she says.
When the ‘Post’ asked for more star cases, the Chugay just named Erica’s case, either to maintain its confidentiality or other reasons. However, Erica is not to say an objective source, because it works for them as an administrative . “The treatment made me a happy person and now I can wear a pretty dress,” he says. ABC News found another patient, Lanuza , who lost 10 kilos, but assured that “he would never go through something like that” : “It’s really a very extreme way to lose weight.”
Chugay guarantees that he himself would undergo his procedure if he needed to lose weight. When asked about his relatives, he replies: “Well, at the moment there have not been volunteers “.