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Patient Inspirational Weight Loss Stories

Patient Success Stories

At the Silhouette Clinic, we understand how discouraging it can be to diet and exercise for years with unsatisfactory weight loss results. Sometimes, it can feel like you are fighting an uphill battle or even going backward. The weight loss journey can feel isolating, confusing, and downright impossible due to social pressure as well as life’s demands and expectations. And with new fad diets and pills advertised more every day, it has become increasingly difficult to know what is best for your body.

That’s why the Silhouette Clinic offers a variety of weight loss solutions customized to your needs. We have overseen this transformation because getting to a healthy weight and maintaining it long-term is possible. When you start with a healthy eating and physical activity foundation, you lay the groundwork for success. If an additional procedure or prescription is needed to meet your desired results, we help you meet that goal.

Earning a weight loss “Before and After” moment — whether it’s a feeling or a pose captured in a photo — is the pride of a job well done. It is the type of personal satisfaction that comes when you commit yourself to the journey and allow the right kind of help. The staff at the Silhouette Clinic have helped countless people take charge of their weight loss stories. We conquer weight loss one step at a time together.

Taryn: ESG leads to long-term weightloss success

Taryn is an active wife and mom, and busy in her successful career as a surgical technologist. In her 40s, she began to struggle to lose those extra pounds. She chose ESG because it is non-surgical and provides busy patients with fewer complications and less time off work. “A year after ESG, my life has completely changed. Now I’m the mom who jumps in the river and paddle boards with my kids. I was so thankful to find this procedure. It has been life-changing.” 


Fredrica: A confident, vibrant professional

Fredrica chose ESG after struggling with weight loss for years. “Every time I tried something new, like a diet or new exercise plan, the weight would just come back the moment I had any stress or changes in my life.” 15 months after her ESG procedure at the Silhouette Clinic, Fredrica has lost 60 lbs. “My friends and family tell me I look amazing. Everyone is happy that I am happy and healthy. If you are thinking of getting ESG, go to the Silhouette Clinic.”


Nola: A parent’s struggle with weight caused anxiety and depression

Nola struggled with weight loss as early as the age of 12. In college, her weight began to cause symptoms of anxiety and depression. After a health scare, she began to look at medical weightloss options. “Dr. Charbel explained the ESG procedure to me, the Silhouette Clinic staff was really helpful, I was able to ask questions, and I felt really supported.” After 18 months, Nola lost 100 lbs. “I can do all the things I always wanted to do – from participating in a fun run, to playing with my grandkids without getting winded. ESG was quick and easy, and I feel like I am now the person I was meant to be. I can be there for my kids and grandkids.”


Elianne: Long-term weight loss success builds confidence

Elianne struggled with weight loss as early as six years old. In college, she felt different and out of place with her peers at a French University. Her weight increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, and she knew she needed to make a change. Dr. Charbel explained the ESG procedure to her during a routine endoscopy, and after researching the procedure, she decided to have it done at the Silhouette Clinic. After 10 months Elianne has lost 56 lbs. “Before my procedure, I would have a pity party with myself. Now I love dressing up in the morning and going to work. I’m able to stand up in meetings and say what I have to say because I know I look good. That’s me!”


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How We Help People Achieve Incredible Weight Loss Results

Reading weight loss success stories is a powerful motivation for weight loss. Reading others’ weight loss testimonials can serve as weight loss inspiration for friends, family members, or even strangers. While reading others’ weight loss stories is valuable, true transformation occurs when you become the author of your own weight loss story. 

Weight loss stories start with doing the work and accepting additional help. Embark on your weight loss journey with the support of the Silhouette Clinic. Discover a range of long-term solutions and resources tailored to your needs, focusing on nonsurgical, minimally invasive options for successful and sustainable weight loss.

Our clinic prioritizes personalized care, providing expert guidance based on your body’s specific requirements. Whether you require medical weight loss or a more comprehensive procedure, we empower you to achieve your weight loss goals in a way that suits you best. By selecting a realistic plan, we ensure greater adherence and long-term success.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) 

Positive self-belief, getting support, and knowing there is a “how” can lead to weight loss transformation. But when diet and lifestyle adjustments prove insufficient, knowing that other weight loss solutions exist is essential. For those who do not qualify for bariatric surgery, an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) is an option worth considering. 

An ESG involves suturing the stomach, thereby reducing its size. This simple outpatient procedure has a recovery time of a few days and is generally tolerated well. An ESG plus a commitment to a healthy lifestyle means keeping the weight off with no incisions, hospital, or surgery. This is a weight loss solution for those who want to return to their everyday lives within the week. 

The process involves an endoscope going through the mouth, which sutures the stomach, reducing its size by up to 80%. As a result, the patient will feel full after eating smaller portions. Typically, up to 20% of total body weight is lost a year after this procedure. Other health benefits often result from an ESG, such as better mood, increased mobility, and healthier blood pressure levels. 

Orbera Weight Loss Balloon

Like ESG, the Orbera weight loss balloon is a nonsurgical procedure with a swift recovery time that encourages consuming smaller portions. At first glance, a balloon in the stomach might seem like an unexpected method, but gastric balloons have been used for this purpose for over two decades. So, how do they work? 

The deflated balloon is inserted endoscopically into the stomach, then inflated to the size of a grapefruit. It is not filled with air like a typical balloon but with saline. The Orbera gastric balloon is safe and soft. Because it takes up space in the stomach and slows the emptying of the stomach, it curbs the desire to eat oversized portions. 

The body adjusts to the feeling of the balloon, and in most cases, after a few days, neither you nor others will be able to perceive it. The procedure only takes about 20 minutes: no need to stay overnight in a hospital. Like all weight loss solutions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle in addition to this procedure is the key to keeping the weight off long-term. On average, patients shed over three times the weight compared to those who only adhere to a diet and exercise regimen.  

Most weight loss will occur within the first few months, as this temporary tool is meant to boost your weight loss journey. The significant differentiator from ESG is that the Orbera gastric balloon is a temporary device designed to be removed after six months. The removal also only takes 20 minutes. Sedation is all that is needed – no general anesthesia. 

Spatz3 Weight Loss Balloon

The Spatz3 balloon is another temporary gastric balloon procedure offered by the Silhouette Clinic designed to kickstart weight loss. The Spatz3 is also the only adjustable gastric balloon on the market.

After you are approved, the procedure only takes about 15 minutes, plus a one-hour recovery period. However, we do recommend allowing several days to rest and recuperate afterward. 

Once inserted endoscopically (nonsurgically), this silicone balloon takes up about a third of the stomach. This quick and simple process happens under sedation: the deflated balloon is inserted through the mouth, then filled with saline once in the stomach. This device slows down digestion, helping the patient become more aware of the signals the body gives when it is full, thus making it easier to form eating habits conducive to long-term weight management. 

Discomfort is normal for the first few days; prescribed medications will reduce that discomfort. The outpatient procedure for adjusting the balloon’s size is much the same as its insertion. If discomfort persists, you might consider an adjustment appointment to shrink the balloon. If the body starts to feel less full after eating, enlarging the balloon may help. When coupled with a healthy eating lifestyle, the uniquely adjustable Spatz3 boasts an 84% success rate.

Bariatric Revision

For those who have already undergone a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, a bariatric revision may be a helpful outpatient procedure to stop weight regain. Sometimes, after a gastric sleeve or bypass, the sleeve or gastric pouch becomes enlarged, which unfortunately causes weight to be regained. This procedure fixes that. 

The endoscope inserted through the mouth will revise the gastric bypass by suturing the gastrojejunal anastomosis. A bariatric revision will tighten the sleeve for those who have previously gotten a sleeve gastrectomy. In either case, a bariatric revision makes adjustments without incision or an overnight hospital stay.

After the revision, feeling full will return when you consume small portions. The bariatric revision procedure takes only 30 minutes, plus monitored recovery time. Afterward, patients, on average, lose up to 15% of their total body weight. With a bariatric revision, long-term weight loss is achievable when combined with healthy habits and lifestyles. This low-risk procedure is significantly less invasive than the original gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

Medical Weight Loss

Medical weight loss guided by medical professionals combines nutritional advice, prescribed medications, exercise recommendations, consultations, and follow-ups. It is the least invasive option for weight loss offered by the Silhouette Clinic. While the medications target the physiological reasons for weight gain, patients are also provided customized meal plans and ongoing support. Dieticians and specialists in obesity medicine work with you via virtual appointments and coaching to answer questions, address concerns, and cheer you on. 

While outpatient procedures demand dedication, they don’t align with medical weight loss. Our approach establishes accountability, fosters healthy habits, and identifies optimal medications to support your goals. Beyond weight loss, it can yield additional benefits like alleviating sleep apnea issues and enhancing overall health and well-being.

Unlike other weight loss programs that leave you on your own to navigate a one-size-fits-all meal planning subscription, pill, or easy fix, medical weight loss is entirely individualized with medical supervision. 

The Silhouette Clinic offers medical weight loss options to fit your budget and goals. Sign up for a six-month or twelve-month program. Whether you need to lose weight for better mobility, health, or aesthetics, we are here to give you the tools and resources you need to succeed.


Weight loss journeys rarely follow a linear path. Weight loss stories are complex, lacking a simple, direct trajectory from start to finish. Along the way, adjustments such as bariatric revisions, gastric balloon adjustments, or medication changes are often necessary, ensuring continued progress and success.

It would be an honor to be a part of your successful weight loss story. Whether you need an outpatient procedure or medical weight loss supervision, the Silhouette Clinic is standing by to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Our dedicated team of professionals, including experienced doctors and compassionate support staff, will provide the personalized guidance, resources, and motivation you need at every step of your journey.

No matter where you are on your weight loss journey, it helps to have support and expertise. Schedule a consultation with the Silhouette Clinic today, and let us guide you toward a healthier, happier you. With our comprehensive approach and evidence-based strategies, we are committed to helping you overcome obstacles, navigate challenges, and celebrate milestones. Begin your transformative journey with us and write your success story today.

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