Thigh Liposculpture (Liposuction) Questions and Answers Archive

Feb
2002

Q&A: Can I expect to look alright for my vacation a month after having liposuction of the abdomen and thighs?

Question:

I'm going to be getting liposuction done on my tummy and flanks sometime in Mid to late february is it realistic to think i will look alright to go on vacation to Florida on March 25th.

- DONNA

Answer:

 Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Donna, If modern techniques of tumescent and ultrasonic-assisted liposuction are used, you should be fine for your holiday.

-- Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Feb
2002

Q&A: How effective and dangerous is liposuction and what are your recommendations?

Question:

liposuction. effectiveness, dangerous, recommended?

- donna

Answer:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Liposuction is an effective and safe operation and is often recommended for the right candidates. There are risks, which your Plastic Surgeon will inform you about. David M. Metzner, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana



Dec
2001

Q&A: What should I do if fluid has been removed from my abdomen five times and more develops?

Question:

I had liposuction done on lower abdomen on: 12/9/01. I have retained lots of fluid in lower abdomen since then. The doctor has drained the fluid (5) times and I'm still retaining fluid. She gave me water pills (Lasix)to help eliminate the fluid and I'm still retaining fluid. Why? and What should be done?

- Mary

Answer 1:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Mary, You probably have what is called a seroma, which is pretty common in the lower abdomen. Your doctor is doing the right thing by repeatedly draining it. I have seen this take many weeks to stop, and still end up with a fine result. It seems to me that you just need to keep seeing your surgeon for as long as it takes.

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Mary, You have a seroma which continues to accumulate fluid in the potential space that was made with the liposuction. You should not take lasix as this will not help the problem. A small drain may be necessary in order to collapse the space so that it will not reaccumulate. The other option is to continue with the draining but the amount drained should decrease with time rather quickly.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Dec
2001

Q&A: What can I do to reduce the size of my breasts to reduce back pain and can I get insurance to help?

Question:

I am seventeen and wear a 34DD. My breasts seem greatly out of proportion to my 115lb frame. I have back pain and find it difficult to engage in sports, etc. Is breast reduction by liposuction a good idea? And how does one go about getting the insurance to pay for part of the surgery?

- Athena

Answer 1:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

You are probably a candidate for breast reduction. Liposuction of the breasts can reduce the size some, though not as effectively as a true breast reduction. Some insurances cover breast reduction and some do not. It is necessary to contact your insurance company to determine coverage. David M. Metzner, MD

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana

Answer 2:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Athena, Liposuction does not allow reshaping of the breast and, at your young age, there may be calicifications in time which could interfere with mammography. I would suggest standard breast reduction surgery to give you the best result, albeit with significant scarring. With your functional problems, your insurance should cover at least a portion of the procedure. Your policy needs to be reviewed to see what limitations they put on the procedure (some companies require a minimal amount of tissue removal). Your local plastic surgeon should be able to guide you in the process.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Dec
2001

Q&A: What can I do to treat scar tissue from two abdomen liposuction surgeries?

Question:

I have had two liposuctions of the abdomen areas, the first on Jan.31, and most recent on Oct. 24. I have some scar tissue buildup from the first surgery, and am battling it now from the second. Although I am going for twice-weekly half-hour massages of the area and trying to pinch it and break it up myself, is there anything else I can do? If there is a "pad" of scar tissue left in the lower abdomen area, can it be removed in any way? Are there any tools or massagers I could use to help?

- Keli

Answer 1:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Keli, The scarring from liposuction is usually very minimal. Pressure and massage help but will not break it down completely. Are you and your physician certain that there was no hematoma or blood build-up at the time of the procedure? This should be handled in a different way.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii

Answer 2:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Oct. 24 is still quite recent, and the "pad" may still go away. If not it can certainly be removed surgically. David M. Metzner, MD

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana



Dec
2001

Q&A: I have very large breasts that cause me back/neck/shoulder pain. Should I have breast reduction surgery and when?

Question:

I am a 20 year old girl with a big problem--make that 2 big problms. I am 5'1", 110 pounds--and my breast size is 32 DD. I've been a DD since I was 16 years old. Having large breasts effects every aspect of my life, I dread going up and down stairs, running, etc. I am a college sophomore who is claimed as a dependent by my parents. My mother is highly opposed to a breast reduction--and I've wanted one since I was 14 years old. I have constant back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc. I know that I might not be able to breast feed and I know that there will be scars. But I also know that getting a breast reduction is something that I WILL do eventually. I just need some advice. Should I go ahead and do this now or should I wait? And if I do decide to wait, are there any options to help with the symptoms of having large breasts?? Thank you!

- Carrie

Answer:

David M. Metzner, MD - LocateADoc.com

Only you can decide whether or not to have breast reduction, and you are old enough to make this decision yourself. You certainly have sufficient problems to have it done now and I can see no advantage to delay. There is no non-surgical way to make them smaller. It is possible that liposuction of your breasts will make them lighter, though liposuction of the breasts is often less effective in someone your age than in an older woman. David M. Metzner, MD

--David M. Metzner, MD
Metairie, Louisiana



Nov
2001

Q&A: What are the surgical methods to lengthen the penis?

Question:

you mentioned ways to lengthen the flacid penis.. what are they?

- mike

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

What is actually done is that the ligament that holds the penis close to the abdomen are partially released so that the organ hangs lower and further away from the body. Although it varies by individual, as much as one to two inches in length can be gained in this manner. Often, if needed, liposuction of the lower abdomen is also performed which gives the impression of additional length.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2001

Q&A: Is it possible to have chin augmentation, breast augmentation and liposuction done at the same time?

Question:

I need some info or case reports of a chin implant mentoplasty? also would like breast augmentation and liposuction at the same time, or is this too much for a single anesthesia?

- Kristie

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Kristie, A chin implant procedure is relatively easy on you as is liposuction. All three procedures could readily be performed at the same procedure time. If you do not need a very large advancement of your chin, an implant of either silicon or porex is an excellent means of improving the contour of that area. There are some before and after picture on my web site at drgregorycaputy.com.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Nov
2001

Q&A: I'm 19 and had a baby at 17, what is involved with a tummy tuck for the stretch marks

Question:

hi! I am 19 years old and am interested in having a tummy tuck. I had a baby at 17 and I gained 60lbs.The stretch marks are severe and even with exercise the skin is still very loose.I'd like to know exactly what the procedure would involve to remove the loose flesh/stretch marks and what the estimated cost would be.I have only found one doctor in my area (L.Caines from Halifax)that does the procedure but have not contacted him yet.

- sarah

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

Dear Sarah, I trained in Halifax and, unfortunately, Dr. Caines died about two years ago. There are other competent plastic surgeons in the area who can perform an abdominoplasty. What is done is that an incision is made and the skin and soft tissue of the abdomen is raised up to the level of your rib cage. The muscles of your abdomen are then tightened and then the excess skin is removed. A new belly button is made and everything is then closed. Often there is some associated liposuction if needed or desired. The cost varies but is usually somewhere between $4000 and $8000 U.S.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii