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I'm 330 pounds should I wait to have liposuction?

Q:

My abdomen is huge, it covers my pubis, it difficult for me to walk and do normal daily routines. I'm on a diet, but I want to know if I should wait or is it possible for me to have liposuction now so it will be easier for me to do more activities which will help me lose weight. Thank you in advance for your opinion.

A:

The brief answer is yes.  Liposuction is best for people with good health, with mild to moderate amounts of fat excess, in whom there are localized areas of excess.

Diffuse excess fat makes it less likely patients will obtain good results, and obesity increases risks associated with surgery in general and liposuction itself.

In the situation you describe, it is likely that a plastic surgeon could help in major ways after the difficult and challenging process of losing weight.  Body contouring after major weight loss is a significant area of practice for many plastic surgeons.  I suggest patients like you describe seek medical help loosing weight, then consult an experienced plastic surgeon about any remaining problem areas.  Best of luck.

A:

Although liposuction is a possibility for you, I am not a fan of doing large volume liposuction while you are 330 lbs. If you have a significant amount of skin about the abdomen as you mentioned a better choice would be to do a panniculectomy. This is a removal of all the overhanging skin above the pubic area. This has the advantage of removing far more than could be taken off with liposuction and will improve your ability to exercise and perform your activities of daily living.

Seek out a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in body contouring after significant weight lose.

I hope this was helpful and good luck.

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