Which Part of the Body Would Liposuction Help Tighten the Most?

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Liposuction is customized to your individual needs.

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Everyone has a different body contour.  The greatest improvement will be in the body area with the greatest need.  The most common areas for liposuction are the abdomen, waist, hips, bra fat, inner and outer thighs, chin and arms.  All of these body areas do very well when sculpted by skilled surgeons.

Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
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The tightening effect is really due to the ability of the skin to shrink after removal of the fat under it. Some surgeons and equipment manufacturers claim that they get more skin shrinkage by adding a laser or ultrasound etc to the mix. The basic precept is that heat generated under the skin surface causes shrinkage. In general though the neck and love handles areas tend to get the best visible shrinkage. That is because these areas have a concave surface contour. The concave surface has a larger surface area that can take up the extra skin after fat removal. This makes sense if you think about fat in the neck causing the skin to extend from the chin straight down to the lower neck. After removal of the fat the skin has to extend from the chin to the upper neck and then down to the lower neck. This longer distance makes the skin appear less loose.

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Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction Results?

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Thank you for the question.

Liposuction  works best for localized  diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue.  This  adipose  tissue excess is more common in certain areas: the lateral thighs, hips in women, flanks in men, the medial knees and the lower abdomen.

Patients who undergo liposuction surgery  should have good skin elasticity. This elasticity is critical to the success of the operation. As we age or gain/lose weight we generally  lose some skin elasticity.  

I hope this helps.



Tightening after Liposuction

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The amount of tightening after liposuction in general depends on your age and the amount of fat to be removed. You can also get an idea of possible tightening by pulling on the skin to get an idea of elasticity.

Someone who has never had greater than 20 pound weight fluctuations (excluding pregnancy) will in general be able to have greater tightening than someone who has had larger fluctuations.

Also anyone over forty, one should expect some loss of the skin's ability to contract.

When considering a consultation, seek out someone who has been doing liposuction 10+ years and has a reputation for honesty. They should be able to tell you whether liposuction alone will be enough or if you will also need a "tummy tuck, a neck lift," or some other surgical procedure to remove excess skin.

T. Wayne Day, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon

Liposuction and tightening

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Liposuction does not specifically tighen any body part. It debulks fatty areas.  I have not seen significant skin tightening even with the liposuction devices that purport that they do.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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