Do I Need Liposuction Or Fat Freezing?

Q: Dr. Eppley,  I am a 20 year-old female who is 5′ 4′ and weigh 119 pounds. I leave for college in two months but would like to get liposuction on my belly and thighs yet this summer. I’m not sure if I need something invasive like liposuction or maybe non-invasive like fat freezing. I know you haven’t seen me but would be interested in your thoughts.

A:  It is hard to imagine that you have too much fat on you at 119lbs but that is always a relative perception. The most effective and efficient fat removal method is going to be liposuction because it offers an immediate effect and will remove the most fat. Non-surgical fat reductions methods, of which fat freezing (cryolipolysis) is one of them, always requires multiple treatments done over months that ultimately will remove much less fat than a more invasive method. That is the fundmental difference between invasive vs. non-inavse fat reduction…surgery equals quick results with a recovery while non-invasive offers less results over a prolonger period of time with no recovery.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana