Can a fat flap be treated with liposuction ?

I had a body lift with fat flap buttock augmentation 2 years ago. I hate the outcome. It lools just like love handles. Can this be treated with liposuction, so they are completely gone? Thanks gor your answers!!

Doctor Answers 7

Can a fat flap be treated with liposuction?

   Flap thinning by liposuction would be a reasonable option.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA.........

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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It may be possible to a just a fat flap with liposuction.

There is not enough information to be able to comment on your specific case. If the problem is surplus fat liposuction is a legitimate alternative to shaping the fat flap.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Flap and Liposuction

Liposuction could be a reasonable option if surgery was performed more than 6 months ago and you still do not have the outcome you were hoping.  I wish you the best of luck, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction seems to be a reasonable option. Please give the flap time to heal and settle first before coming to any early conclusions

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for the question.

To best help you, a physical examination or picture evaluation is required in order to determine which procedures and techniques will be best for your case.

Dr. Campos

Jaime Campos Leon, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Fat flap liposuction

Thank you for your liposuction question.

  • Liposuction has been used successfully to thin flaps of all kinds that are too fat,
  • It may not remove the entire 'love handle' look that you don't like
  • An exam is needed to see if it is the best approach for you Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Liposucton of a flap

There is no reason out of hand that a flap can not be treated with liposcution.  See your plastic surgeon to discuss.

Michael B. Tantillo, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
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