Beer Belly Fat Liposuction?

Confused as to what kind of liposuction would be best to get rid of as much of a beer belly fat as possible and quickly.

Doctor Answers 13

Liposuction - Beer Belly Fat

Names aside, lipo is effective for the removal of fat that is in between the skin and the abdominal wall, and not effective at all for fat that is deep to the abdominal wall (ie, that is around the intestines).  In order to tell the difference, grab the "fat" in question and tighten your abdominal wall muscles.  If you can still grab most of the fat then lipo is likely to be helpful; if you can't it's unlikely to be able to help.  And if you can't grab the fat in the first place, then it's mostly likely behind the abdominal wall, and not accessible.  Either way, liposuction should be part of a regimen that includes appropriate diet and exercise, and that addresses your overall medical health.  But I guess that goes without saying.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,
Dr. E

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Patients are recommended to be at their goal weight, but traditional liposuction that removes the fat cells is recommended to achieve the best results.

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Beer belly liposuction

If you have a true "beer belly" then liposuction will not be effective.  Beer belly fat is located below the abdominal muscles and is in your abdominal cavity.  The only way to reduce this fat  is  by nutrition and exercise.  If however, the fat is above the muscle you would be a good candidate for liposuction.  Only an examination of your abdomen by a board certified plastic surgeon can accurately determine the location of your fat.  Should you be a candidate for liposuction  the type of  liposuction is really not the most important issue. The experience and artistic eye of the surgeon is the most important consideration. 

Donald M. Brown, MD (retired)
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Beer Belly Liposuction

Beer bellies are generally the result of an excess of fat that surrounds the organs (visceral). Unfortunately, liposuction cannot target this as it can only treat fat that lies just below the skin (subcutaneous) and is "pinchable". Only a healthy diet and exercise regimen can get rid of visceral fat. 

However, if you have a large stomach that has "pinchable" fat, then a tummy tuck may be better to achieve your desired contour. This will remove excess skin as well. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Candidate?

Thank you for the question.

If the adipose issue you are concerned about is inside the peritoneum ( below the abdominal wall muscles),  then liposuction surgery will not help you.  Liposuction surgery candidates present with diet and exercise resistant adipose issue in the subcutaneous plane ( just below the skin). Good candidates for the procedure will also demonstrate adequate skin elasticity overlying the area to be treated.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and a "beer belly"

If you truly have "beer belly" fat then liposuction would not be the treatment of choice. The reason is that the majority of the fat that you are concerned about is situated inside your abdomen around your organs (specifically largely involving a tissue called the omentum) and, therefore,  is not treatable by liposuction. Weight loss by diet, exercise and lifestyle change is the way to appropriately address this.

If your fat is instead just deep to your skin and you don't truly have a "beer belly", then liposuction can be a possible treatment. However, you would be best served by being evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon who can examine you and then explain what your options may be.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Beer Belly Fat and Liposuction

There are three places in the abdomen where fat can be stored: (1)Between the skin and above the muscle. (2) In between the muscles layers of the abdominal wall like bacon. (3) Inside the abdominal cavity surrounding the vital organs including the intestines.  The only one of these areas that is treatable with liposuction is the fat that is stored under the skin and above the muscle.  In the true "beer belly", most of the fat is stored either inside the abdomen and some fat is stored inside the abdominal muscles.  These areas of fatty tissue are treated best through diet and exercise.  Another good reason to be aggressive in treating these areas of fat is because these are the types of fat deposits that increase your risk for cardiac disease, high-blood pressure, diabetes, etc.  A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon can help you determine in which layers your fat is being stored and what options are best for you.  Hope this helps.

Herluf G. Lund, Jr, MD
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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Beer Belly Fat Liposuction?Answer:

I really does depend on how much belly and how much beer!!!! True “beer belly” goes deeper than skin (not to mention lifestyle!!) and cannot be reduced by Lipo..You really need a consult with a board certified Plastic Surgeon who can push and pull on your belly and see if it truly would make a difference..Most men do get a great result in the “spare tire” area but it really depends on the underlying cause…

John J. Corey, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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What kind of abdominal fat can removed by liposuction

Liposuction can only address the subcutaneous fat, or the fat layers immediately below your skin.  Intraabdominal fat, or the fat surrounding the internal organs, can only be decreased with weight loss.  Typically, we refer to "beer bellies" as the round firm intraabdominal fat that some overweight people carry - and that is not treated with liposuction.



Michelle A. Spring, MD, FACS
Missoula Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction technologies less important than the liposuction surgeon

If after consulting with a plastic surgeon it is determined that you have some fat that is amenable to liposuction, then focus on choosing the right surgeon. It is a very confusing situation now with so many competing claims about laser lipo (smart lipo, slim lipo, etc), ultrasound lipo (VASER), water jet lipo, and so forth, that it is a challenge to make a truly informed decision. Just keep in mind that liposuction is surgery and excellent resullts can be achieved with any technology by the right surgeon.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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