Do I Need Liposuction Or A Tummy Tuck?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am not sure if I  need Lipodissolve or a tummy tuck. I have gained 15 pounds or more since I have turned 40 and now can not seem to lose it.  I am not sure what I need to get my clothes to fit right again. Does the lipodissolve work? How much is the cost between them? What is the diffenence? How much time will be needed off work for a tummy tuck?  Will the weight come back right away? The weight is around my middle, love handles and my thighs and butt.

A: Choosing between liposuction and a tummy tuck is a common dilemma for many women, although many times it is a more hopeful wish that liposuction alone will create the result they want. While I don’t know what you look like, I am absolutely certain based on your description that lipodissolve injections are not the answer. They are for very discrete small areas of fat which is not what you have. The question is only then whether it is liposuction alone or liposuction combined with a tummy tuck. Seeing a picture of your stomach would be helpful in answering that question. There is no doubt you need liposuction, it is just whether there is enough loose skin across the stomach to justify a tummy tuck as well.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana