...a normal belly button (i.e., one you can see)? I have always had excess fat over my belly button. I call it the "shelf" because no matter how thin I am, when I turn sideways, I have this shelf that hangs out. It's not only lumpy but sometimes it makes me look pregnant. I am very insecure in a two piece bathing suit and I always where spanx or a compression tank when I wear tight clothes. My skin is tight and not saggy.
Fat over belly button resembling a shelf. Can lipo give me a flat stomach and... (photos)
Doctor Answers 7
Get that belly liposuctioned ASAP.
Liposuction to improve abdominal shape
- Based on your photos, you are a very good candidate for liposuction to improve your tummy.
- I have had a number of women patients with a similar problem -
- And they have always been pleased with the results -
- Since the fat deposits here are genetic, you are right -
- Unless you are very under-weight, the excess fat will remain there without liposuctino.
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Candidate for lipo.
If you wish to change the contours of your body. Commonly involved areas are the anterior part of the neck (under the chin), upper arms and armpits, male chest/breasts, trunk abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves, and ankles.
Most patients are near normal weight and desire permanent contour changes. Patients with average weight, localized fat collections, and healthy elastic skin are the best candidates for liposuction. Obesity, cellulite, or loose, sagging, and inelastic skin are several conditions which may tend towards less desirable results. In fact, these problems may be worsened by liposuction. Unfortunately, many individuals performing liposuction are not trained in other techniques of body contouring and may not have the experience to recognize that a different procedure (such as a tummy tuck) may provide a better result for the patient. Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL) may be used in conjunction with other body contouring procedures, such as breast reduction, tummy tuck, thigh lift, or facelift.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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