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A 34-year-old member asked:

dangerous to get liposuction? tummy tucks (witch hazel)? what's the difference?

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Dr. Suman Das
Plastic Surgery 54 years experience
No.: In liposuction one sucka out excess fat through very small incisions.In tummy tuck one removes excess skin and fat through larger incisions.Tummy tuck is lot more invasive.
Dr. Greg Sexton
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Serious: Liposuction and abdominoplasties are not necessarily dangerous, but they are serious operations. Liposuction removes fat from under the skin, but does not remove extra loose, hanging skin. Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, removes fat, removes extra skin, and tightens the abdominal muscles.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Safety= Surgeon: The safety of liposuction or a tummy tuck has to do with the surgeon carefully selecting the patient and performing the surgery. Not every patient is appropriate for either of these operations. Performed in the proper candidate by the experienced surgeon, they are relatively safe. I say "relatively" as they both represent surgery.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Very Different: Best to be seen in consultation to determine which of these operations, if any, you may be a good candidate for. Each operation is quite different when it comes to indications, “invasiveness”, scarring, potential results, as well as a potential risk/complications associated with the procedures. Do your homework and be very careful with selection of plastic surgeon.

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A 33-year-old female asked:

What is the best exercise to reduce tummy fat?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Lose wt, aerobics: Probably the best way to lose tummy fat would be to lose weight using aerobic exercise such as walking or cycling. Also you can work on strengthening your abdominal muscles. If you don't lose weight you probably not have the washboard abs one strives for.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long is the needle that is used for liver biopsy?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Long enough :-): A hepatologist (specialist in liver disease) can tell you precisely. But most would probably agree that the needle used is "long enough.".
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Roughly about 6-8 inch long
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What might cause my stomach to feel hard and be sensitive to touch?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Hard tender stomach: The most common reason for a hard (probably distended) stomach that is tender to touch is gas. With severe intraperitoneal infections or inflammation this can also happen, but with these your entire abdomen is hard and you know you're really sick. Gas will pass by itself in an hour or two. If the pain lasts more than 24-36 hours, get it checked.
A 22-year-old male asked:

I am having stretch marks all over my stomach . I used to be very fat but now I am healthy and not able to find any cure for this .Please help?

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Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Stretch marks: Think of stretch marks as a kind of scar. There is no cure for this problem which often looks better over time regardless of what treatment is used. Otc products such as Mederma are of no value.
A 32-year-old female asked:

What helps women lise belly fat(pooch) quickly?

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Dr. Francine Mosley
General Practice 20 years experience
Healthy takes time!: A belly doesn't develop a "pooch" overnight, and it won't go away overnight. If you have a pooch, for whatever reason, sit- or stand-up straight, suck-in your stomach to strengthen your belly muscles, trade water for soda pop and make good food choices. Your belly will look better.

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