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Should I get a Liposuction to fix my belly?

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I am 17 years old, am 5’7.5”, and weigh 147 lbs. My BMI is 22.7, meaning I am smack-bam in the middle of the healthy weight range, and I have no major illnesses or allergies. I am completely healthy, as far as I know. I eat well most of the time, with a high intake of vegetables and I consume no dairy. I do light exercise several times a week.

However - I have a huge belly. To put this into perspective, my boobs are DD. If I relax my stomach, it sticks out further than my boobs. I kind of look like someone who is 4-5 months pregnant.. only, it’s all fat. And it is kind of shaped like a capital B. Like there are two pockets of fat, upper and lower, that stick out. I’ve had this belly for maybe 3 years.

I did have Bulimia between the ages of 13-16, but was cured some time ago and as a result my body weight seems to have settled in all areas - except my belly. I feel like I’ve lost some weight in all areas except my belly.

Would I be a suitable candidate for a liposuction in my belly area? I don’t want to loose any more weight in other areas of my body, because it is healthy and I like it, but I feel I would have to get extremely skinny to get rid of the belly. 

What can I do about this? I really would like to look into surgery.

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I would say definitely not, for several reasons:

First off, you're young, your metabolism is at its prime for weight lose however it may be still slightly affected from your eating disorder and take a bit of time to get back on track. Your belly is probably the place you store fat most so you don't necessarily keep losing weight from other areas. 

Also, you said you are only "exercising lightly". You'll get much better results by following a decent exercise routine and building some muscle mass which will help you look more firm and increase your metabolic rate. Also, by having lipo, any future weight gain eg pregnancy when you're older will see you add fat in other places

Lastly, as someone who had an eating disorder for a really long time, although you are "over it", learning to make peace with your body is so important. You can appreciate where it is now. You can say, I love my fit, healthy body and I will treat it with respect and eat well and exercise and my body will settle where it needs to be. This took me a really really long time to get to (like over 10 years) because I thought I had to hate my body and hate myself to want to improve it. You can like yourself and still improve your body, they aren't mutually exclusive.

i wish you best of luck xx

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I would also say no because of your age, and your body shape can continue to change even into your very early twenties with hormones. RE the belly area, have you spoken to your GP to rule out any gastrointestinal issues? If it is just belly "fat", then as imperfectly_lou said you could invest in a good PT. Getting into HIIT (high intensity interval training) or high cardio workouts will shift fat. You can't spot exercise any areas in the body and only remove the fat in that area - it's a myth. You have to do high cardio workouts to achieve that goal. Also nutrition is incredibly important. You may need to tweak what you eat or even give your diet an overhaul if you are eating too many processed and sugary foods. Well done to you for getting to a healthier you re the journey you have been on with bulimia. I have someone very close to me who has gone through this as well as aneroxia - they said they now ensure they don't put themselves in toxic situations or be around toxic people as they realise this is one of the major triggers of their eating disorder. If you focus on being healthy (rather than the idea of skinny - learn to love your beautiful curves), you will get to where you want to be without the self-hatred/self-loathing or deep anxiety. It won't happen overnight. But you will get there.

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I would suggest going to your GP and getting a thorough check done on your blood.

Thyroid issues can cause metabolism problems. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (or other hormonal imbalances) can cause weight to sit around your middle.

I would start by ruling out any health issues before you even consider surgery. Good luck.

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I think you should talk to your GP regarding this. One of my friends who lives in Canada had undergone liposuction surgery when she was 18 years old from the breast and tummy tuck centre in Windsor. She has undergone lipo underarms, thighs, and abdomen. She didn't have any health problems so there was nothing to worry. 
You should also consult with some specialist in liposuction in your locality and talk with them regarding all your health issues. Good luck with your decision!!
 

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