Can Liposuction Get Rid of Belly Fat?

The short answer is yes, liposuction can generally get rid of belly fat! Now, having said that, there are some caveats and of course a consultation is needed to determine your candidacy for this body contouring procedure. But overall, liposuction is well-suited to removing isolated, excess fat on the belly area. It’s important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss method and does not result in significant weight reduction, so it isn’t a good match if you are trying to drop pounds. If there is a lot of fat on the abdomen and all over your body, you may first want to consider traditional weight loss approaches. Liposuction is more of a refining technique, in which resistant fat is removed after someone is at or near their ideal body weight.

Liposuction is a really versatile procedure. It can be used on the following areas and others:

  • Abdomen (i.e. the belly area)
  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Knees
  • Back
  • Breasts
  • Chest
  • Male breasts
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Neck
  • Face
  • Upper arms

During liposuction, Dr. Chalekson breaks apart the excess fat cells and then suctions them away using the surgical device. The fat is suctioned with a thin tube inserted into the treatment area with a cannula. Only small, circular incision points are needed to complete this. Liposuction doesn’t leave long scars.

So in general, yes, lipo may be the right option if you want to reduce excess belly fat. If you are unhappy with puffy, loose skin on the belly combined with fat, then you may be a better candidate for a tummy tuck. This procedure removes the protruding tissue causing your lower belly area to puff out and sag, which is quite common following pregnancy, or as a result of aging, weight fluctuations, or genetics. It’s not uncommon to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction to provide the best results.


Dr. Chalekson is an extensively trained, highly educated, and experienced plastic surgeon. He has been performing liposuction and other body contouring procedures for many years. He cares deeply about obtaining the results his patients have been dreaming about. To arrange a consultation to discuss your goals with Dr. Chalekson in Templeton, CA, please call our team.


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