Am I a good candidate for liposuction?


I have been working out for over year and have lost approximately 80 pounds with diet and exercise. I carry most of my weight around my stomach and no matter what I do I can't seem to lose weight in that area. My arms and legs have become more tone but I still have a lot of fat around my stomach. I'm about 5' 3" and 194 lbs. Am I a good candidate for liposuction?


Congrat's on the 80 lb weight loss?

Without seeing a picture, it is hard to say what is best but with so much weight loss, a skin excision should be considered, possibly combined with liposuction. 

An in-person consultation with a plastic surgeon would be the best place to start.




Congratulations on your weight loss. 

There are a variety of surgical procedures or combinations that can produce good results in patients with abdominal fullness and/or laxity, depending on multiple factors including their anatomy and degree of desired improvement: A mini tummy tuck, an umbilical float modified tummy tuck, a full abdominoplasty. Each of these can be performed with or without liposuction and with or without abdominal  muscle repair. They produce different degrees of improvement. In some patients, liposuction alone may produce a good cosmetic improvement.

Following the advice of anyone who would presume to tell you what to without seeing photos and without taking a full medical history, examining you, feeling and assessing your tissue tone, discussing your desired outcome and fully informing you about the pros and cons of each option would not be in your best interest. Find a plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with and one that you trust and listen to his or her advice. The surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Robert Singer, MD  FACS

La Jolla, California

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