Which Surgeries Can Significantly Decrease the Waistline

I heard there's many different surgeries that can reduce the size of the waistline but which surgeries significantly reduce the wasitline? If someone has a large frame can they still obtain good results?

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Liposculpture can reduce the waist into an "hour-glass" figure

liposculpture and large volume liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, and the lower back can very effectively reduce the waist line and creat a narrow waist with an hour-glass figure.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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In part, you are limited by your anatomy. For instance, the underlying pelvis and muscular and other soft tissue architecture impact the waist. Liposuction for thick subcutaneous fat deposists may help as can a tummy tuck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck, lipo.....


It really depends upon how you are beforehand. If you have loose tummy tissue, a tummy tuck with a muscle repair tightens the most. This will not work if your tummy is firm however so sometimes weight loss beforehand is needed. The large frame is not the important part. It is how that frame is laid out.


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John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Which Surgeries Can Significantly Decrease the Waistline?

Regarding: "Which Surgeries Can Significantly Decrease the Waistline
I heard there's many different surgeries that can reduce the size of the waistline but which surgeries significantly reduce the wasitline? If someone has a large frame can they still obtain good results

You are absolutely right ALL body contouring operations (and within this large groups the different techniques of Tummy Tuck and of Liposuction) will narrow the waist. However, the greatest effect would depend on picking the right tool (operation) for the right reason for a large waist.

IF the waist is out of proportion solely due to higher fat deposits (hips and love handle areas) then Liposuction will do the job. If the large waist is only due to muscle separation due to pregnancy or massive weight gain, then the answer would be a Tummy Tuck. Finally, if the large waist is due to BOTH the effects of pregnancy AND weight gain, then you would probably do best with a combination of a Tummy tuck and Liposuction.

The ONLY way to learn which option best suites you is to be seen and be examined by one or more experienced Plastic surgeon(s) who can advise you based on your specific condition.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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The right operation is one that treats the problem causing your large belly

Your waistline is determined by several factors which relate to your skeleton (boney framework), your musclulature, your subvcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue (fatty) deposits and your skin laxity. Depending on which of these factors is responsible for your contour, an appopriate procedure to treat the specific problem must be planned.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Surgery does reduce waistline

The most common procedures to narrow your waistline include liposuction and tummy tucks.

Liposuction of abdomen and love handles will reduce waistline. Tummy tucks narrow waistlines 2 ways. First by surgical excision of excess fat and skin, second by tightening the abdomen's resting tone with sutures under the skin.

Randy Proffitt, MD
Mobile Plastic Surgeon
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Achieving a Better Waist

Hi there-

The best answer, of course, will depend on the particulars of your individual situation, such as your goals, your current body contour, and your preferred experience. In other words, the best way to get the most accurate answer for you is to visit a reputable and appropriately trained and certified surgeon for a consultation.

Generally speaking, Liposuction, tummy tucks (and there are various techniques for both) and a healthier lifestyle will all contribute to an improved silhouette.

Two words of caution- be sure your surgeon is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. There are many people out there claiming expertise in "body contouring" with little to no training- compromising their ethics yes- but also compromising the safety and happiness of the poor patients who trust them. Don't be one of them.

Also, don't be fooled into thinking that the machine used will make a difference in your outcome. The greatest determinant of your outcome will be the professional you choose to perform your procedure. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced plastic surgeon, I am confident your goals could be reached with ANY liposuction equipment (although more safely with some than with others)- so anyone who spends a lot of time or energy telling you why their MACHINE is better than what the Dr. down the street uses should raise an alarm...

Here's a bit more info on this:

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Ways to reduce the Waistline

There are three methods to reduce the waistline. The first, and most important, is a change in eating habits. You cannot reduce the waistline below the volume within the abdominal cavity. This is where a great deal of fat is stored, and can only be eliminated with a change in diet. To reduce the fat external to the muscles around the abdominal cavity you can use non-surgical machines like the Zerona low level Laser, or surgery, including Liposuction and Abdominoplasty. Zerona will reduce the fat significantly with no down time or pain, and works best with no excess skin. Of the surgical methods, Liposuction works if you have minimal excess skin and Abdominoplasty is the best choice if you have excess skin (very common after significant weight loss or pregnancy). Abdominoplasty also cinches the waist by tightening the muscles. Consult a Plastic Surgeon about all these options.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
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Reducing the Waistline

Of course, diet and exercise play the most important role in shaping your waistline.

Liposuction is generally the best tool for reducing the waistline, if fat reduction will suffice.

If excess skin is contributing, Tummy Tuck can make a dramatic difference.

For people who are short-waisted, it can be quite a challenge. (You may have heard of celebrities removing ribs to lengthen the waist!)

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tucks and liposuction dramatically decrease the waist line

Depending on your body type and physique either a tummy tuck, liposuction, or a combination of the two can dramatically cinch in your waistline.  A tummy tuck accomplishes this by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the abdominal muscles to create and enhance an "hour-glass" figure.  Liposuction removes the fat in the right areas in order to sculpt a new figure.  The only way to know for sure what the best procedure is for you is to consult with a plastic surgeon

Mark Broudo, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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