Considering vaser lipo as I have put on a lot of weight over the years. Concerned I'm not suitable for the surgery? (Photos)

I am considering vaser lipo as I have put on a lot of weight over the years. I have only recently (2 weeks) started a regime of fitness again, however in my experience it has proven difficult to move unwanted fat. Please view my picture and give advice as to the probability of vaser being successful for myself and please comment on the possibility that I may have excess skin.

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Vaser liposuction

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Liposuction is not a weight loss measure. You appear to have visceral fat which cannot be reduced by liposuction. You would be encouraged to star an aggressive medically supervised nutritional change and increase your activity. I don't think you would be happy with the results of the liposuction in the long run.


Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon

Considering vaser lipo as I have put on a lot of weight over the years. Concerned I'm not suitable for the surgery?

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Hello k13sway - If you can pinch 2cm of fatty tissue, you are a candidate for VASER liposuction if you are normally healthy. Liposuction of any kind should be limited to spot removal of fat in general.   You could shape your chest, abdomen, and love handles very nicely with VASER liposuction.  If your skin is in good condition, the chance of loose skin after lipo is quite low.  Make sure you work with a plastic surgeon who is very experienced in liposuction surgery.  Check out my video on how to find the right plastic surgeon.Good luck, Dr. Shah

Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Vaser Lipo

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Vaser liposuction will be very successful for your chest.  It is ideal there for the fibrous fat we usually encounter in the chest.  In regards to your abdomen, it depends on how much of the fat is accessible.  Vaser can only treat the fat that we can pinch, not the fat in your abdomen (visceral).  This type of fat requires weight loss.

Lawrence Broder, MD
Cedar Park Family Physician
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VASER liposuction to chest abdo and flanks

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Thank you very much for sharing your questions and pictures.
I believe you are an excellent candidate for VASER liposuction in order to remove the excess of fat and achieve the strongest skin contracture.
I am sure you will not have any excess of skin on either chest or abdo.
You should referred to an high experienced plastic surgeon, with European or UK Board and clear interest in VASER liposuction.
I wish you the best of luck with your surgery.
With kind regards,

Stefano Cotrufo, MD, PhD
London Plastic Surgeon
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Vaser Liposuction

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You are a good candidate for #vaser liposuction as apposed to traditional liposuction. Vaser is a minimally invasive way to get rid of stubborn fat. This procedure can help in definition of muscles, better contouring of body parts and more sculpting of the body. I believe it is easier to sculpt and contour the body with vaser.

It is usually recommended that patients who have recently experienced weight loss remain consistent at their weight for at least 6 to 12 months prior to any cosmetic surgery. This is to ensure longer lasting results of the procedure without risking the fluctuation and stretching of the skin tissue. Excess skin would usually shrink back over the area of the body, but please take note that liposuction is used to reduce volume not tighten skin. We now have a number of non surgical devices such as ThermiSmooth radiofrequency and VelaShape3 to help tighten skin after liposuction for patients who will benefit from this additional care.

And lastly for your guidance, liposuction #results are generally permanent, but if the patient gains a large amount of weight in the future, the area of liposuction will also gain fat but to a lesser degree. With massive weight gain, #rippling may occur. Please remember that liposuction is NOT a method of weight loss and muscle toning, or an alternative to diet and exercise. It does not affect one's metabolism. Regular exercise and diet is still recommended in maintaining good and lasting liposuction results. 

Best of luck!

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