Q: Hi Dr. Kulick, I’ve become increasingly aware and self-conscious of rolls of fat on my back. I think it’s noticeable even when I’m wearing loose-fitting shirts. Is liposuction the right treatment for back rolls?

A: “Back rolls” can be treated in a multitude of ways. Liposuction alone could be enough to treat these, dependent on:

  1. The degree of the condition (how large the rolls are)
  2. The quality of the skin

Liposuction can treat back rolls if they are the result of extra fat AND the skin is tight. However, once the fat is removed, the roll may deflate showing an excess of loose skin. This is, obviously, not ideal and would most likely be unpleasing to most patients. If the rolls are larger and there is an excess of loose skin, the extra skin can be excised, however, this often results in a scar.

So, how do you know if you can get away with just liposuction, or whether you’d need excision to boot? Talk to your plastic surgeon, or contact my office! We’re happy to help!

Dr. Michael Kulick, MD is a leading board certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco, California. During an initial consultation, he’ll examine your individual anatomy, discuss all your options, and create a unique treatment plan along with any other necessary procedures. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of plastic surgery and are looking for a qualified cosmetic surgeon, use this online form to request a consultation with Dr. Kulick or call 415-956-2550.