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Why Sono Bello®

We have over 100 Board Certified Plastic and Facial Plastic Surgeons who have collectively done well over 100,000 procedures. All of our procedures are done in the comfort of our AAAHC accredited offices, without the need for general anesthesia or intravenous anesthesia. We customize each procedure for your unique weight loss goals. Each of our physicians is a seasoned expert who cares about your health and satisfaction, backed up by a company with a proven track record for helping patients meet their weight loss goals.

What is ThinAir®?

ThinAir® is the FIRST and ONLY swallowable, FDA-approved balloon program for weight loss. The non-surgical program consists of 3 lightweight balloons, placed gradually over 2 months. The balloons occupy space in your stomach so you eat less, making weight loss easier. All balloons are removed after 6 months from initial capsule placement. ThinAir® is accompanied by a professionally-supervised diet and exercise program.

How does ThinAir® Work?

ThinAir® helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less. During the program you will receive you will receive professional nutrition and exercise support to help you make the lifestyle changes that facilitate weight loss. ThinAir® supports you to help change your eating habits and keep the weight off for the long-term.

Who is eligible for ThinAir®?

ThinAir® is intended for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 kg/m2 willing to follow a diet and exercise program and are over the age of 18.

How much weight loss should I expect?

In a large clinical study, the Obalon Balloon System, which is utilized in the ThinAir® program, was shown to help adults experience clinically meaningful weight loss. When combined with a diet and exercise program people lost twice as much weight as with diet and exercise alone. An average of 89% of the total weight lost at 6 months was maintained at 1 year.

How long is the program?

ThinAir® is a 6-month program. After the first balloon your doctor will usually have you swallow a second balloon capsule 3 weeks after the first balloon and a third balloon capsule 3 weeks after the second balloon. All balloons will be taken out 6 months after the first balloon capsule is swallowed.

How is the ThinAir® Balloon Placed?

Placement of the balloon typically takes less than 10 minutes per balloon and does not require sedation. In your Sono Bello® office, you swallow a capsule containing a small balloon and then your physician inflates the balloon. In the clinical study after placement, most patients returned to normal activities with no downtime.

How are ThinAir® Balloons Removed?

At the end of the 6-month period, all three balloons are removed by a brief, approximately 15 minute, outpatient endoscopic procedure which is performed under light, conscious sedation.

How many balloons are placed during the program?

Three (3) lightweight, buoyant balloons are intended to be placed gradually over 2 months to maximize patient tolerability and facilitate progressive weight loss throughout the 6-month-program period. Optimal weight loss is achieved with 3 balloons. Those treated with 3 balloons lost more than 4x as much weight as those treated with 2 balloons. All balloons must be removed 6 months after the first balloon is placed.

How large are the balloons?

A fully inflated single balloon has a volume of 250cc, weighing approximately 3 grams (less than a penny) and about the size of a lemon.

What are potential side effects?

ThinAir® is a safe and effective, FDA-approved, non-surgical weight loss program. In our clinical trial, the majority of adverse events were reported as mild and consisted of abdominal pain and nausea. Serious side effects were less than 0.3%. Your physician will discuss more details on the potential side effects and you can find full Important Safety Information including a complete list of adverse events reported in the clinical trial in the Safety Information section.

Will balloon placement limit activity?

Patients usually resume normal activities immediately after the balloon placement. You cannot take any stomach irritating medicines like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or Aspirin while the balloons are in your stomach. Some examples of NSAIDs are Motrin or Advil. You cannot have the balloons placed if you plan to live in a place at an altitude more than 4000 feet higher or 2500 feet lower than where your doctor places your balloons.

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