Orbera® Weight Loss Specialist

Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center

Jack Hensel Jr., MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in Mount Pleasant, SC

Losing a lot of weight isn’t easy, and surgery poses risks and a long recovery that might not sound feasible for you. If you’ve already tried very hard to lose weight without seeing the results you want, Jack Hensel Jr., MD, and the team at Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, provide the Orbera® weight loss balloon to help control your appetite. To find out how you can lose 50 pounds or more with Orbera, call Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center or book a consultation online today.

Orbera Q & A

What is Orbera?

Orbera is an FDA-approved balloon-like medical device that sits in your stomach to help you eat less and slow down your digestion. Patients use Orbera to learn to control their portion sizes over time, losing 20-50 pounds or more throughout a 12-month process. 

Unlike other weight loss measures for patients who have already tried many strategies, Orbera doesn’t involve surgery. You work closely with Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center to make sure you’re comfortable as you use Orbera, aren’t experiencing complications, and are following your healthy diet and exercise plan. You may also work with a psychologist throughout the process to help you focus on success.

How does Orbera work?

At Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center, Orbera placement begins with an endoscopy to view the inside of your stomach and make sure that the procedure is safe for you. Then, the insertion of the deflated balloon takes place while you are under mild sedation.

The insertion procedure happens without a single incision: Insertion of the balloon occurs through your mouth and down your throat before inflating it through a syringe with a saline solution.

The fully inflated balloon is about the size of a large orange or a grapefruit. It blocks off part of your stomach to make the space inside smaller and reduce the amount of food it takes to make you feel full. 

You come to regular appointments at Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center before the removal procedure, which works a lot like the insertion but in reverse. 

Am I a good candidate for weight loss with Orbera?

Orbera is a great weight loss option for many patients, especially if you want to avoid surgery. During a consultation at Low Country Plastic Surgery Center, a review of your medical history, weight loss history, and goals you’d like to reach takes place. 

You’re a good candidate for Orbera if you:


  • Have already tried diet and exercise alone to lose the weight
  • Have a BMI between 30 and 40
  • Aren’t pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Can commit to many appointments during your 12-month plan, which includes using the balloon for up to six months
  • Are willing to continue working toward a healthy lifestyle after the removal


If Orbera isn’t the best option for you, Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center can still help you meet your goals with personalized weight loss coaching and aesthetic treatments. 

If you’d like to finally lose significant weight without resorting to surgery, call Lowcountry Plastic Surgery Center or book a consultation online to find out if Orbera is right for you.


*Individual results may vary.

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