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Dear Dr. Togba,

Q.  I weigh 155 pounds, but at 5’8" I’m very well proportioned. What bothers me is the flabby skin hanging from my belly. Would I need a tummy tuck or liposuction? When is it best to do liposuction?

 A. Based upon the information provided, our recommendation would be an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. The abdominolplasty will not only remove the excess skin of the lower abdomen giving you a flatter tummy; it can also repair the muscles of that area to prevent your tummy from sagging in the future. For patients with normal skin, liposuction is the desired procedure for sculpting such areas as the abdomen, waist, inner and outer thighs, hip rolls, back, knees, chin and enlarged breasts on males. Patients are usually near or at normal weight, but bothered by the presence of diet and exercise-resistant deposits of fat. For liposuction, small incisions are made in inconspicuous places at the site of fat deposits. Because fat cells are from specific body areas, the results are permanent if you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If you do gain weight, you will gain it proportionately over your entire body; you will not continue to fight this area.

Dr. T