Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 36 year-old man who has lost 40 lbs within the last year and a half and can’t lose anymore. I work out vigourously three or four times a week, eat a sensible diet and cannot lose any more size in my abdomen. My legs and arms have little visible fat and good tone. I am looking to reduce my waistline, love handles and abdomen. I am not sure about what procedures that I need to achieve my objectives.
A: Many people in their weight loss efforts face the same circumstances that you find yourself in. You have put good effort in losing weight and getting your body in better shape and have lost some substantial weight. But now you have ‘hit the wall’ and are short of what you want your body to look like. For many, the remaining excess fat may be quite resistant or there may be rolls of skin that no diet and exercise will ameloriate. Regardless, this is where surgery can help one make the final step. For most men, it is the use of liposuction in the abdomen, flanks and waistline that is usually needed. In extreme weight loss, there may be a need for some stomach skin removal as well. For many women, liposuction combined with some form of a tummy tuck is what is needed to get a flatter stomach.
Dr. Barry Eppley