When performing liposuction, what areas do you treat as part of the "waist"? Just curious.

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Waist Liposuction

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The waist is a non-medical term and could involve a number of areas on the torso spaning from front to back. Rather than try to nail down what it might be, go visit a few surgeons and discuss exactly where the desired treatment areas will be on your body. Best of luck!

What is the 'waist' area treated with liposuction

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Thank you for your question about your waist liposuction.

Typically the waist is created by the entire torso - front, sides (flanks) and back. It is a natural narrowing in the area between lower ribs and iliac bone that can be obscured by fat. The fat may be only on the sides or all around the stomach - so the areas that need treatment will vary from one person to the next. Most women are very happy with their results!

Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes, Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD

When performing liposuction, what areas do you treat as part of the waist?

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Define waste as that interval between the bottom of the ribs on your side and the hip bone below. This distance varies on people and has a lot to do with whether someone is considered long waisted or not. Aesthetically, this area is a wonderful opportunity to create that figure 8 look.

Liposuction of Waist

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There is not a distinct area that is treated with liposuction when referring to the waist....each and every person is different. Sometimes we will extend the liposuction area into the love handles and may involve the upper and lower abdomen. Every person is different and usually, your plastic surgeon will draw out the area that will be treated and therefore patient and physician can ensure that they are on the same page and treat the appropriate areas.

Helen Perakis, MD
Nanuet Plastic Surgeon

When performing liposuction, what areas do you treat as part of the "waist"? Just curious.

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Thank you for your question. The waist by definition is the area between the lower rib cage and the top of the pelvic bone. Some people are short "waisted" and others with a longer torso are long "waisted". In someone with a short waist, you can emphasize this with shaping the buttocks to give the illusion of a smaller waist. See a board certified plastic surgeon experienced in advanced body sculpting and VASER Hi Def Liposuction. Good luck.

Waist Creation with VASER Hi Def and fat transfer

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It depends on the person's body. With liposuction we can reduce your waist area as far as your body structure will allow, but we can also use fat for the buttocks and hips for your waist to appear even smaller and give you a curvier hourglass shape. However, this type of liposuction requires a specialized body contouring specialist who is trained in 4D hi definition procedures and can do fat removal with both deep and superficial liposculpture. I recommend getting a consultation with a hi-def physique expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question. This is a question you should ask your plastic surgeon. Each surgeon has  his own definition of where he/she will suction. Have your plastic surgeon draw on you to give you the exact areas he is willing to treat. This way you and your surgeon will be on the same page. 

Johnny Shea-Yuan Chung, MD, FACS
Allentown Plastic Surgeon

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