Should I Have Abdominal Liposuction Before Or After My Breast Reduction?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in lipodissolve or laser liposuction of the lower abdomen. I am having a breast reduction done next month. My question is when is the best time for me to have the lipo procedures performed, before surgery or after surgery? I was informed that the best time would be during the same time as my breast reduction surgery. However, my insurance is covering the breast reduction and it does not cover the liposuction. I am also unsure if the doctor performing my surgery performs the lipo procedures I am interested in receiving. I was hoping for a lipo procedure that was less invasive such as lipodissolve or laser lipo.

A: Let me clarify some misconceptions that you have about various ‘lipo’ procedures. Lipodissolve injections are only useful for very small fat collections, no more than the size of one’s hand. I suspect your lower abdominal issue is bigger than that in size. Laser liposuction (aka Smartlipo) is simply an advanced form of liposuction and is just as invasive, it is not a minimally invasive procedure. In short, there is no non-surgical way to get rid of your abdominal fat concerns that would be as effective as liposuction. You could try Exilis radiofrequency treatments which does have some fat reduction effects.

In reality, there would be no better time than doing abdominal liposuction with your breast reduction and this is a common combination of cosmetic procedures. Otherwise you will have to have liposuction done separately where the out of pocket expenses will be higher.

Dr.  Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana