What is the best way to remove fat from waist and back?

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Liposuction may remove unwanted fat, along with diet and exercise

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Liposuction may remove fatty tissue from the waist and back, however it is not a replacement for weight loss.  It is most effective when used for contouring of areas that remain despite a healthy diet and exercise regimen.  Consult with board certified plastic surgeons to review your specific medical history and goals to help determine the best options for you.

Newark Plastic Surgeon


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Hello and thank you for your question. For an appropriate patient, liposuction can be very effective for waist contouring. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

You will likely need a graft to push that side out a bit.

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Thank you for your question. 
Lipomatic and Liposculpture
Regional fat accumulations are probably one of the most prevalent weight problems in recent years. Sedentary lifestyles combined with genetic tendencies cause some parts of the body to accumulate fat more than others, which cannot be resolved with diet or exercise. We cannot seem to overcome the problem of varying amounts of fat accumulation in different parts of our bodies. Getting rid of fat from the waistline, hips and thighs is very tedious, even with strict dieting. 

Pain-free liposuction
Also known as pain-free liposuction, Lipomatic and Liposculpture body shaping methods are FDA-approved reliable systems. They are proven to be the safest devices allowing precision and high-volume fat extraction from all parts of the body. The problem area is entered using fine-pulsating cannulas. This vibration disrupts fat cells and transforms fat into emulsion. Unlike conventional liposuction, this procedure is not associated with disadvantages like vein and nerve damage or muscle tissue tearing. High frequency pulses and effective suction delivers optimum impact, which in return yields a smooth skin, less the bruising. The special design cannulas allow the precision removal of fat tissue even from hard to access areas. 

Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

What is the best way to remove fat from waist and back?

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Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 441 reviews

Removal of fat from the waist and back...

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The best way to get remove fat from the waist and back is diet and exercise. Once that is done, remaining fat can be removed with liposuction, which is a great surgical method of removing excess fat. If a surgical procedure is not what you want then CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical option that can remove 25-30% of fat without surgery.

Best way to remove fat from waist and back

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Liposuction is always the most efficient and thorough way to remove fat from the back and waist. In order to determine if you're a candidate be sure to see a physician who does a a lot of liposuction. The experience and expertise of the doctor is the most important criterion. There may be non-liposuction options that would be an appropriate for you. 

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Liposuction is the best way to remove fat from back and waist

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Thank you for the question. The most effective procedure to remove fat from the back and waist is liposuction. It should not take place of a well balanced diet and exercise because it is a body contouring procedure rather than a weight loss procedure. 

Best of luck!
Dr. Khuthaila 

Dana Khuthaila, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 77 reviews


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Thank you for your question. It's difficult to give exact recommendations without photos or more information. Generally speaking, liposuction is a good way to remove unwanted, stubborn fat that won't go away with diet and exercise alone. Though it is not a weight loss treatment, patients who are healthy and physically fit benefit from liposuction to treat and contour those trouble areas. You will need to have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon for precise recommendations. 

Kevin Tehrani, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 112 reviews

Waist and Back fat removal

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Assuming that your skin condition is good, LIPOSUCTION is the GOLD STANDARD for fat removal, particularly in the waist and back.

John A. Perrotti, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Removing waist and back fat

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Liposuction is the most widely used method to remove localized fat deposit from areas like the waist and back, but for certain people, non-surgical methods like Coolsculpt and Sculpsure offer significant improvements without surgery.  There are many factors that will determine what the best treatment for any given patient is, and for that, an assessment by an experienced body contouring surgeon who can evaluate your fat distribution and your skin quality to tell you which would work best for you.  I suggest a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who offers the range of surgical and non-surgical treatments to help you decide on how to proceed.

Isaac Starker, MD
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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