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Reader Laura on “New Advertised Liposuction”

Posted Dec 30 2009 12:00am

Reader Laura’s Comment:

The ladies in this story have had a “new” form of lipo instead of a tummy tuck. Their stomachs do look thinner but their skin in wrinkly. Would they have been better served by having a tummy tuck and then lipo? Is it just their age that has their skin looking that way?


VASER liposuction has been around for a while. I have used it and it is effective. The main question with newer lipo technologies is: “Are they worth the expense and can they increase problems?”

Many of them (VASER included) make it even easier to take out more and more fat. As we have discussed here before of course more fat removal is not always desirable.

The concept of “oversuctioning” has been around far longer than these newer tweaked lipo technologies. It can happen with liposuction in any of its forms as each technique requires a judgment call. When a surgeon over suctions an area it can lead to a increased tendency for the skin sag unattractively making some of these women almost look like prunes. In the UK they are calling it “Turkey Tummy.” The age of the patient and any previous surgery are part of the story making the judgment call harder at times. Of course some patients will not agree to a tummy tuck even if it offers real skin tightening and this might also be part of the problem. I can do the “right” operation but only if the patient allows it.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD


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