A surgeon in Beverly Hills has come up with a new way of fighting weight gain, a diet patch that is sown on the tongues to prevent consumption of solid foods.
Dr Nikolas Chugay launched the 'Weight Reduction Patch' back in 2009 and his website claimed that the users can lose up to 30 pounds in one month, the maximum amount of time one can wear the patch as the tongue's reconstructive tissue begins to grow back, turning the patch into a permanent one.
Dr Chugay said that the procedure was an alternative to other drastic weight loss measures such as gastric bypass surgery or lapband surgery.
However other doctors are warning that the procedure may not be as simple as it sounds. Terming it as 'dangerous', California plastic surgeon Dr Richard Chaffoo said, "With any kind of thing you put in there and suture into the tongue, you run the risk of getting an infection. You're going to be drooling a lot, it's going to be really painful. Anything that's in there that shouldn't be there's going to rub the surface raw. You could get an ulcer, an infection. It could dislodge and go down your throat and cause an airway obstruction."