Will I Benefit from Liposuction? 15 Lbs. Lost This Year (photo)

Hello all, I am 20 years old, I weigh 140lbs, I'm 5'4'' & I have lost about 15lbs over the past year. I want my tummy to be flat & tighter, I went in for a consultation the other day & was recommended liposuction. But I am afraid of loose skin. I would like to know your opinion: Would I benefit from liposuction??

Doctor Answers 19

Liposuction is a good option for tummies!

From your photos, I think liposuction is a good option for you.  You are motivated and young and should go through the liposuction procedure very well.  Expect to pay about 5000-6000 for a special on lipo on your abdominal area and be sure to do it under local tumescent technique with the micro canulas for the best results and skin tightening.  Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Candidate for liposuction

From your photographs, and your age it would appear that liposuction alone would give you the desired results. It would be unusual for someone as young as yourself without a history of significant weight loss to require any sort of skin excision. You have the benefit of youth and elastic skin that almost always contracts down after liposuction.

Robert M. Jensen, MD
Medford Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Liposuction should help

There are generally three components to dealing with an unsightly tummy: removal of skin, fat and tightening laxity that generally results from pregnancy.  Liposuction will remove only the excess fat, while a tummy tuck will also remove the excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles.  Most 20 year olds have excellent skin tone, and therefore, recover very well from liposuction.  If you have been pregnant, exercise can help to tighten the muscle under some circumstances, but sometimes this also requires an operation.  Pregnancy can also result in extra skin that won't recover very well from liposuction.  Then a tummy tuck would be in order.  Many women will judge the amount of extra skin by bending forward at the waist as you have in your photos.  There has to be a little extra skin in this pose or you wouldn't be able to stand up straight.  

I suspect you would do fine with liposuction judging only by your photographs.  At your age, the added benefit from a tummy tuck are unlikely to be worth the long scar.  Hope this helps!

Daniel Sherick, MD
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews


Your skin looks to be very good in the photograph.  I think you would get a result you'd be very happy with from liposuction.

Edmond A. Zingaro, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Liposuction Candidate?

Thank you for the question.

Congratulations on your weight loss. You may be a good candidate for liposuction surgery but this determination can only be made after direct examination to assess the quality of skin elasticity  and to discuss your goals in detail.

I would suggest in person consultation with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. In the meantime,  keep up the good work!

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,487 reviews

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You do have excess skin and fatty tissue in your tummy area. You could have liposuction which would reduce the amount of fat but you would still have excess skin or none of the available liposuction procedures cause that much skin contraction. 

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Liposuction Candidate

Being that you are young, and you don't seem to have stretch marks, you are a great candidate for liposuction. You will definitely get a better shape to your midsection. The younger you are, the more elasticity you have in your skin. Also, with you only being 21, you may want to stay away from a tummy tuck since you are still in child bearing years. It is ideal to be at a comfortable, goal weight before considering any type of surgery as the doctor can get more of the hard to lose fat once your weight had plateaued.

Leo Lapuerta, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Liposuction vs tummy tuck

If you have good skin tone and elasticity you may be a good candidate for liposuction. If you have loose skin and stretch marks, a tummy tuck may be the better procedure. A board certified plastic surgeon can easily determine which is best for you during an examination and consultation. It is difficult to make this determination based on the photos alone.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 377 reviews

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

For patients such as yourself, the key question is how well will your skin contract after stand alone liposuction. Liposuction alone will definitely shape you very nicely and based only on the photos it would appear your skin would contract reasonably well and not leave you with a fold of skin. Hovever, if you do have significant laxity and correcting that is a large priority of yours then a Tummy Tuck might be the better operation. The liposuction has the benefit of less scarring and a more rapid recovery. You surgeon should help you to evaluate the pros and cons of each approach. Best of Luck Dr Harrell

Jon F. Harrell, DO, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Liposuction after weight loss

Based on the photos and your age only, I think you would benefit from liposuction alone.  A physical exam and a little more about your history would be necessary (as others have mentioned, have you had any pregnancies or past weight loss before? Is your weight stable? ...)  Good luck! 

Michelle A. Spring, MD, FACS
Missoula Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

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