Q: I am in the military. I am 40 years old and have been selected for promotion to Commissioned Officer. I have a large build and constantly struggle with the military’s height vs. weight standards. A secondary circumferential method is used for the neck and waist. I am always just at or above the limit. I have found it even harder now that I am older. I think liposuction would get me ‘over the hump’ with some stomach and waistline shaping as I just need to drop an inch or so around the waistline. I have attached some photos for your assessment and would I qualify for the Patriot Plastic Surgery program.
A: I receive a fair number of requests from men and women in the military for plastic surgery and it is almost always about trying to pass the measurements that are used in the service’s fitness evaluations. While the physical part of these required tests are based on push-ups, situps and a 2 mile run, there are also circumferential measurements done with an important one being that of the waistline. To help men get to their desired waistline measurement, liposuction can be very effective by aggressively treating the entire abdomen and the flanks as they head around into the back. For some women this is effective also, but there are some women that really need a tummy tuck to get rid of the excess skin and overhang if they have had children. We do offer discounts for these surgeries for active military peronnel.
Dr. Barry Eppley