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I am overweight. I am 5’5 and weight about 225lbs. I would like to have some body...

Q:

I am overweight. I am 5’5 and weight about 225lbs. I would like to have some body parts liposuctioned. Can I do this now? I think it would really help me get on a diet plan and jump-start my further weight loss. The insides of my thighs are fat and bumpy. Would liposuction also help solve that problem?

A:

Lipoplasty (liposuction) and liposculpture are excellent techniques for removing excess fat from specific areas of the body. However, it is important that the patient has embarked on a realistic diet and exercise plan, and reaches a stable weight plateau, before undergoing fat removal. Patients who "yo-yo" with their weight are sometimes not good candidates. Lumpiness of fat in the middle thighs is a difficult problem, especially if the patient has had previous lipoplasty or has loose skin. If the lumpiness is due to cellulite, lipoplasty will not improve the condition. It is best to have a consultation with an ASAPS-member plastic surgeon that is very experienced with these issues.

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