Can liposuction ease severe back and leg pain?

Do you think liposuction will help with my severe back and leg pain? I have a lot of skin hanging from my belly and I believe the weight of it is causing my discomfort. Is liposuction the right procedure? .

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (5)


Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery

Cosmetic body contouring procedures are not weight loss procedures.

Liposuction is a contouring procedure aimed at reducing subcutaneous fat in areas that have been largely resistant to diet and exercise.

In your particular case, you may be better served exploring excisional procedures to address excess skin such as a panniculectomy. This procedure allows for the removal of a hanging skin apron in the abdominal region.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Dec 13, 2018

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

Cosmetic body contouring procedures are not weight loss procedures.

Liposuction is a contouring procedure aimed at reducing subcutaneous fat in areas that have been largely resistant to diet and exercise.

In your particular case, you may be better served exploring excisional procedures to address excess skin such as a panniculectomy. This procedure allows for the removal of a hanging skin apron in the abdominal region.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Laser Lipo & Vein Center

The honest answer is, probably not. Weight loss can help back and leg pain, but liposuction is not really a weight loss procedure. I would not recommend liposuction to address back or leg pain.

Published on Dec 09, 2016

Answered by Laser Lipo & Vein Center (View Profile)

The honest answer is, probably not. Weight loss can help back and leg pain, but liposuction is not really a weight loss procedure. I would not recommend liposuction to address back or leg pain.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Robert Kearney, MD

Some times back pain resolves as a secondary benefit of a tummy tuck but I am not aware of anyone being helped with back pain by liposuction. I would see a physical therapist or spine specialist to figure out the origin of the pain.

Published on Oct 17, 2016

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Answered by Robert Kearney, MD

Some times back pain resolves as a secondary benefit of a tummy tuck but I am not aware of anyone being helped with back pain by liposuction. I would see a physical therapist or spine specialist to figure out the origin of the pain.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Charles Slack M.D.

It is doubtful that liposuctino will help. I would not have liposuction done purely with this goal in mind.

Published on Oct 17, 2016

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Answered by Charles Slack M.D.

It is doubtful that liposuctino will help. I would not have liposuction done purely with this goal in mind.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by ELLIOT B. DUBOYS, MD, FACS

Highly unlikely. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss procedure. If you have a lot of skin hanging, you might be a better candidate for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This will remove both skin and fat and might improve back pain. Prior to undergoing any cosmetic surgery, I would suggest an orthopedic work-up to see if they can find a reason for your back pain. If you are markedly overweight, I might suggest bariatric surgery or a diet to restore your weight. Individuals who are morbidly obese are not candidates for elective cosmetic surgery. Best of luck.

Published on Oct 17, 2016

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Answered by ELLIOT B. DUBOYS, MD, FACS

Highly unlikely. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss procedure. If you have a lot of skin hanging, you might be a better candidate for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This will remove both skin and fat and might improve back pain. Prior to undergoing any cosmetic surgery, I would suggest an orthopedic work-up to see if they can find a reason for your back pain. If you are markedly overweight, I might suggest bariatric surgery or a diet to restore your weight. Individuals who are morbidly obese are not candidates for elective cosmetic surgery. Best of luck.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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