Q: I want to get liposuction done as soon as possible. My only problem is my stomach which is what I want to get rid of. I hope you can help me. I am getting married this coming July. Can I have it done before then?
A: Liposuction can be a very effective solution for a stomach area that has fat which has been refractory to diet and exercise efforts. Provided there is no significant extra skin, which may mean a tummy tuck is a better treatment, then liposuction alone is a good choice. Recovery after any trunk liposuction always take longer and is more difficult than most people think. It is not as simple as ‘in one to two weeks you will be just fine’. That doesn’t mean that one is bed-ridden or severely limited in physical activities, it is just that it is sore for a much longer time than one would predict. This is particularly true around the stomach where its center of body location exposes it to constant movement and stretching. Before an extremely important event like gettinmg married, you want to allow a good amount of time between the liposuction procedure and your wedding date. I tell my patients at least 6 weeks and preferably 8 weeks beforehand is even better. You want to feel 100% by the time the big day arrives.
Dr. Barry Eppley