Liposuction for Men
For some men, diet and exercise alone are not always enough to eliminate stubborn fat. If you do experience weight loss, these methods do not have the ability to alter your physical proportions. A cosmetic procedure known as liposuction is ideal for targeting specific areas of the male body that have been resistant to healthy lifestyle changes. For those who have undergone this surgical treatment, liposuction has proved a viable solution to reshaping and contouring their physique.
Liposuction procedures for men are fairly common. According to recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of men receiving liposuction increased by 23% in 2019.
What Is Male Liposuction?
It’s important to understand that male abdominal fat is very different than that of female patients. A man’s fat cells are more fibrous. This unique detail often leads to more challenging fat removal. Areas such as a man’s love handles are often resistant to non-surgical procedures. Thus, liposuction performed on men should always be handled by a surgical team that specializes in male aesthetics.
When a man diets and exercises, he is essentially reducing the size of his fat cells. In liposuction, your surgeon removes the pockets of fat entirely. This prevents pockets or deposits from accumulating in the future since the procedure reduces the overall number of fat cells in the body. This technique is designed to shape, contour and streamline the male body, resulting in a leaner and more attractive physique. While male liposuction is most commonly performed on the abdomen, waist, and hips, it can also be used on the thighs, knees, chin, neck, upper arms, and buttocks.
How Is Liposuction Performed on Men?
There are two different types of male liposuction that plastic surgeons currently use—suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL) or ultrasonic-assisted Lipectomy (UAL). Both methods begin with the injection of a solution that contains saline, a local anesthetic and epinephrine. A tiny, discreet incision will then be made in the treatment area.
During SAL, a small tube called a cannula will be attached to a suction device. Then, your surgeon will move the tool back and forth to break the skin while simultaneously breaking up the fat and suctioning it out.
In UAL, high-frequency sound waves are used to direct large amounts of energy to the tissues containing excess fat. This causes the fat cells to liquefy and dissolve, making it easier to suction them out using the cannula. In both cases, the length of the procedure will depend on the amount of fat being extracted. Typically, male liposuction can take a trained surgeon anywhere from 1 to 5 hours.
What Is BodyBanking®?
BodyBanking® is a surgical technique developed by Alpha Male Plastic Surgery that introduces fat to parts of the body where there has been disproportionate growth. While male liposuction is designed to remove fatty deposits from unwanted areas, BodyBanking® is a fat transfer procedure that allows the fat that has been removed during surgery to be repurposed as filler.
Once the fat is collected, your surgeon has it properly purified so it can be used to add dimension and proportionality to the body. This includes but is not limited to beefing up the arms, legs or glutes. It’s both safer and more cost-effective for the patient to undergo these two procedures at the same time, under one scheduled surgery. Compared to traditional liposuction, the BodyBanking® procedure only takes 1 to 2 hours.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Before male patients undergo the liposuction procedure, they must first be cleared by their doctor. The ideal candidate is someone who is in good health but is interested in subtly contouring or toning their body. They must also be at least 18 years of age and remain within 25 pounds of their ideal weight. The ideal candidate should have deposits of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Expectations of Liposuction
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. It is also not a viable method for removing unsightly stretch marks due to excessive weight loss or gain. Instead, liposuction is designed to provide a more desirable physique once the patient’s goal weight has been reached, or is close to being achieved. In most cases, this treatment can successfully remove approximately 10 pounds of fat or less from the desired area. During recovery, a compression garment should be worn to control swelling and temporary drains may be put in place.
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