Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m looking to remove excess fat from flanks, abdomen and pubic area. I’m looking for minimal scaring and  down time. (not looking for traditional liposuction, more like Smartlipo) I have attached some pictures of my areas of excess fat concerns. It would be great if I could have the procedure on Friday and be back to all normal things by the following Monday. 

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. While fat reduction by liposuction can be very effective for your concerns, you are mistaken about how it is done. Any form of liposuction is going to entail the identical recovery and downtime. All forms of liposuction are invasive and traumatic, including Smartlipo, and should never be considered ‘minimal downtime’.  Anything that leads you to believe otherwise is marketing promotion and is misleading by whomever wrote or said it. In short there is no easy way to get rid of a lot of fat. Liposuction surgery is still the most effective way but it is a surgical process with significant trauma to the body and a very real recovery. Smartlipo is not different in this regard no matter how it is promoted or marketed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana