Will My Shoulders Look Too Big If I Have Waist Narrowing Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello! I have a few questions about the waist narrowing procedure. How much inches do you lose off your waist? And is it possible that it will make your shoulders look too big? I have a big waist and not much fat, so liposuction wont work and was looking for a way to make my ribcage smaller. Can you also exercise after the procedure? 

Thank you 

A: Thank you for your inquiry. In answer to your waistline narrowing questions

1) Most patients lose in the range of 1 to 3 inches based on their body type.

2) I think it would be impossible to ever make someone’s shoulders look too big after any waistline narrowing procedure. That is giving more credit to the surgery that it is possible to achieve.

3) There are no physical restrictions after the surgery.

4) Whether this is a procedure that may be effective for you requires an assessment of a front or back view picture with computer imagng to show you what is possible with this surgery on you.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana