While liposuction is often associated with women, men also benefit from this safe and effective cosmetic procedure. Today, liposuction for men has become a common practice that not only helps them look better, but also feel better about their appearance.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic techniques and by 2018 more than 200,000 liposuction procedures were being performed each year in the United States. Additionally, liposuction performed on men has become increasingly popular because today a man’s appearance is becoming just as important to him as it is with women. The main difference in liposuction on a male vs a female is what area of the body the liposuction procedure is performed.
As a rule, women are more interested in reducing fat deposits in their hips and thighs, whereas men normally use liposuction to deal with these problem areas:
The abdomen, where fat is particularly noticeable among men
The chest, where “sagging” is not only a problem for women
The neck, where a “double chin” can adversely affect a man’s facial appearance
The flanks or “Love Handles”, a top complaint of middle-aged men who work out regularly,
but still can’t seem to lose that fat
Additionally, fat in men is a different type of fat than in women. Male fat is encased in fibrous tissue which makes it more difficult to remove. On the positive side though, male skin is much thicker so it tends to contour much better.
Although certain areas are more likely to be targeted for treatment, liposuction can be used almost anywhere on a man’s body, including the arms and legs. However, men are usually more interested in using the procedure to tone their bodies and less interested in achieving a thinner appearance. Liposuction is not useful in treating extreme obesity and is best suited for men who are also in relatively good health.
Although different types of liposuction are available today, the standard procedure involves the use of a cannula, essentially a hollow tube, which is inserted into tiny cuts made in the skin. Moved around by the surgeon, the cannula literally “sucks away” the fat cells that have accumulated under the skin. A normal session will take about an hour to complete. The procedure can be accomplished on an outpatient basis, with the patient being given either a general or a local anesthetic.
After the procedure has been completed, the treated area will be covered with a bandage. You’ll also wear a conforming compression garment to avoid lumpiness and contour irregularities. Patients can expect a certain amount of soreness and swelling in the area, but they should be able to return to their normal activities within a couple of weeks. Unlike other cosmetic procedures, the effects of liposuction can usually be seen immediately.
Patients seeking further definition of their muscles and contours may wish to consider abdominal etching, which uses liposuction to remove exercise-resistant fat deposits through small incisions in the abdominal area. These incisions are usually made around the navel or in the natural creases of the abdomen. By removing small amounts of fat, Dr. Clark can refine your abdominal region and give you the chiseled appearance you may not have been able to achieve through diet and exercise alone.
Liposuction for men is a great option when diet and exercise fail to achieve satisfactory results. If you believe that you are a good candidate for liposuction, schedule a consultation with our office and find out if we can give you the looks that you desire!