Type of Liposuction to Removal Visceral Fat?

I have visceral fat. Is there a certain Liposuction procedure that will work for me?

Doctor Answers 14

Liposuction or other procedure to remove visceral fat

Liposuction utilizing tumescent solution to facilitate the removal of fat from the subcutaneous space is a blind technique that relies on the surgeons knowledge of anatomy and skill. It is the standard technique for removal of subcutaneous fat.

Visceral fat is fat that in deep to the abdominal musculature. This can include preperitoneal fat (fat that is between the musculature and the peritoneum or layer of tissue over the organs) or intraabdominal fat that can include the omentum or is surrounding organs. It is this fat that has been connected to many diseases. This fat is often appreciated by fullness in the upper abdomen.

Although in theory visceral fat could be removed via a laparoscopically assisted technique I have yet to see anyone do it. I have thought for years that this is the next frontier in fat removal. The question is would removal of this fat improve the health of patients? Perhaps an interesting area of study.

Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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There is no liposuction for visceral fat

 If you have excess visceral fat, you need to lose weight - pure and simple.  There is no cosmetic surgical procedure for you, just diet and exercise. 

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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No Liposuction for visceral fat

Intraperitoneal fat is distributed in the mesentery of the intestines and an abdominal organ called the omentum. In andromorphs (male body fat distribution) fat is commonly preferentially stored intraperitoneal. Referred to as a "beer gut", the only way to loss it is to lose weight.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction does NOT treat visceral fat.

Thank you for your question.  Liposuction cannot get rid of visceral fat.  Visceral fat is the fat that exists below the abdominal wall and within the abdominal cavity.  Due to its location and proximity to a number of bodily organs, visceral fat has also come to be known as organ and/or intra-abdominal fat.  To treat this visceral fat, which can contribute to hardness of the abdomen on palpation and/or a barreled appearance of the abdomen, diet and exercise are your best bet.  To help aide in this lifestyle change/commitment to combat visceral fat, some patients will seek out the assistance of a well trained dietitian to help safely and effectively lose weight.  I hope you find this helpful and best of luck!

Stephen T. Greenberg, MD
Woodbury Plastic Surgeon
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Will liposuction remove visceral fat?

Sadly, no. Visceral fat is the fat that is located inside our bodies where our organs are located. This fat isn't reachable with liposuction; only subcutaneous fat that is located between the muscle and the skin can be reduced with liposuction. If you're unsure if your fat is visceral or subcutaneous, visit a physician who specializes in liposuction who can examine you and tell you what you have. The only way to reduce visceral fat is the old-fashioned way:  good eating habits and good exercise habits. By far and away, the most important part of that formula for success involves good eating habits!

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
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There is Currently No Liposuction Procedure that Removes Visceral Fat

There is currently no liposuction procedure that removes visceral fat. The visceral fat is located beneath the abdominal wall muscles and is surrounded by the intestines and intra-abdominal organs.
Liposuction is effectively a blind procedure that passes a canula through the subcutaneous tissue. This procedure is safe because the canula is kept in the subcutaneous space where there are no critical structures. When a canula is passed underneath the muscle, the potential to injure anatomic structures, increases significantly. For these reasons, intra-abdominal fat can only be removed with weight loss.
In most cases, this involves dieting, but in some cases might involve weight loss surgery. Before proceeding with any treatment regiment, consultation with a plastic surgeon would be appropriate.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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No visceral fat liposuction

There is no safe procedure for removal of visceral fat via liposuction. Other organs such as your intestines would be at risk for severe injury and therefore it would not be advised. Diet and exercise under appropriate medical guidance is the best way to lose visceral fat. Good luck.

Bahram Ghaderi, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction for removing visceral fat not possible

Subcutaneous fat is the the fat which is removed by standard liposuction techniques. This is the fat that lies just beneath the skin and above the muscle layers. Liposuction is used to reshape the body by removing diet and exercise resistant subcutaneous fat cells from unwanted areas. The visceral fat which you asked cannot and should not be removed. Diet and exercise are the only safe means to reduce the amount of visceral fat.

Robert Vitolo, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Visceral Fat, Liposuction and Option?

No.  Visceral fat means that there is fat around your organs such as the intestines, liver, colon and so forth.  This fat can not be liposuctioned and the way to loose this is to lose weight.

Good luck.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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No Liposuction technique to removal visceral fat

No such technique.

Intraabdominal (ie visceral) fat may not be liposuctioned and no sane plastic surgeon would go after it. Doing so will clearly risk your life.

The safest way to lose visceral fat is through diet and exercise.

Hope this was helpful.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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