Male Liposuction Overview

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What Is Male Liposuction?

First, lets be clear about something. Liposuction is liposuction. Liposuction (also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, suction-assisted body contouring and suction lipectomy) is a medical procedure designed to remove unwanted or excess fat from a specific area of the body. It doesnt make much difference whether the body having the liposuction is male or female because the procedure is the same.

In liposuction, a thin tube-like medical instrument, called a cannula, and a vacuum machine are used to remove pockets of fat that have remained despite dieting and exercise. Liposuction for men can basically be performed on any part of a mans body where there are pockets of excess fat he wants to have removed.

Is There a Difference Between Male Liposuction and Female Liposuction?

Usually, the only difference between male liposuction and liposuction for women is the location of the fat.

Men and women tend to store fat in different areas of the body. The apple-shaped body type is referred to as "android." These are the people who carry their excess fat on the chest and stomach. The pear-shaped body type is referred to as "gynoid," and these are the people who carry their excess fat in the hips and thighs. Although this is a rule of thumb that has a lot of exceptions, men tend to have android body types and women tend to have gynoid body types.

Because of their android body shapes, men who have liposuction will typically have it done on their torso: their abdomen, waist and back. Liposuction may be a good idea for you if you have a spare tire of body fat around your waist that has remained no matter how hard you have dieted or exercised.

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Abdominal and Intra-Abdominal Fat Removal

Although many men undergo liposuction to remove excess abdominal fat, it is important to note that the fat removed is not intra-abdominal fat, also known as visceral fat. This is fat that is within the abdominal cavity and around the abdominal organs and not directly under the skin. Liposuction can safely remove fat that is under the skin, but not fat in the abdominal cavity, where some men with proverbial beer bellies have their fat. The risk of nerve damage, blood loss and punctured organs is too great when liposuction is used to remove visceral fat.

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Most Common Male Liposuction Areas

Some men have excess fat or breast tissue on their upper chest. This is a condition called gynecomastia. It can be very embarrassing to be a man with breasts. Men with gynecomastia can benefit from liposuction to remove this tissue. Some men with the condition may need surgery to remove excess breast tissue in addition to liposuction. A cosmetic surgeon can give advice on this.

Some men store excess fat on the pubic mound, a pad of fat over the pubic bone at the bottom of the abdomen. This pad of fat may hide the lower penis shaft, in effect shortening the penis. It can also be unattractive. Liposuction can remove this area of fat, thereby making the penis appear larger.

For some men, excess fat around the neck and under the chin can make them look weak-chinned or as if they have no neck. Fat in this area can also make you appear heavier than you actually are. Liposuction around the neck and under the chin can be combined with other facial procedures, such as a face lift or a neck lift to improve your appearance and remove excess skin that can make you look older.

Some men are left with a great deal of excess skin when they have lost a great deal of weight or after weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, such as stomach stapling. If this is you, in addition to liposuction, you can also opt for a brachioplasty, or arm lift, a procedure designed to make the arm appear more slender, or a tummy tuck, which can create a more slender waistline. Both procedures can remove folds of excess skin and other tissue and contour your body.

You must understand that liposuction should not be used for weight loss. Liposuction should be reserved for removing pockets of fat that have stubbornly resisted diet and exercise programs. The standard guideline is that you should be within 20% of your ideal weight before you should consider liposuction.

There are several different techniques used in performing a liposuction procedure. The most widely used techniques include dry, tumescent, super-wet, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and power-assisted liposuction. Because liposuction for both men and women is a thriving area of cosmetic surgery, there are always new techniques and treatment methods being developed. For more information about specific liposuction techniques, go to Liposuction.

About 9% of all people who underwent cosmetic surgery in 2006 are men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Liposuction was the third most common cosmetic procedure sought by men, behind only surgery on the eyelids and nose reshaping. About 35,000 men had liposuction in 2006.

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Am I a Candidate for Male Liposuction?

Determining whether or not you are a good candidate for liposuction, or any cosmetic surgery, is a complicated process. First, you must be in good overall health and free of any active diseases or conditions that could make the surgery or recovery difficult. Conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, asthma, or allergies, among others, can raise your risk of surgical complications. Make sure your surgeon has a complete medical history for you and tell him or her all medications you take, including vitamin supplements and herbal remedies.

To be a good candidate for male liposuction, you should also have skin that is elastic enough to heal properly after the procedure and shrink to fit your new form.

You must also be healthy mentally and emotionally. Recovery from liposuction can be difficult and slow and requires a great deal of patience and mental stability. Some men go through a period of depression after surgery and this temporary depression can worsen any pre-existing mental illness.

You also need to have realistic expectations before committing to a liposuction procedure. Liposuction can make you look better and give you a boost in self-confidence based on your new appearance. It cannot change anything else in your life.

Before surgery, you should discuss how you want to look with your surgeon to ensure that your goals can be achieved through liposuction. You and your surgeon can examine before-and-after pictures of men who have had liposuction. Make sure you and your surgeon agree on how you will look after surgery. You can also watch a liposuction video to ensure that you completely understand the procedure.

Liposuction can be performed in a surgeons office, a freestanding surgical clinic or in a hospital.

Medical insurance will not cover any costs associated with liposuction. You will be responsible for the costs of the liposuction surgery. Financing can be arranged.

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Contraindications of Liposuction for Men

Although there are many benefit's to liposuction, the procedure is not right for every man. Patients taking the following medications or with the following disorders may not be good candidates for liposuction:

  • Taking Accutane in the 6 months prior to the procedure
  • Disorders involving collagen, scarring or connective tissue
  • Significant stretch marks
  • Clotting disorders
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Vascular problems (including circulation problems)
  • Endocrine disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Wound healing disorders
  • Smoking
  • Recreational drug use or excessive drinking

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How Male Liposuction Is Performed

Liposuction, depending on the technique used and the amount of fat to be removed, can take from as little as 30 minutes to several hours. Other procedures, such as a rhinoplasty or chin augmentation, can be done at the same time as liposuction surgery.

There are several phases in a liposuction procedure:

Preparation: Your surgeon will mark you with a permanent marker to indicate where incisions will be made and the areas of fat to be treated. This marking may take place while you are standing. You will also be scrubbed with an antimicrobial agent to minimize the possibility of infection. An intravenous (IV) line will be started, and you will be hooked up to monitors that will keep track of your vital signs. You may receive injections of lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug that prevents excess bleeding).

Anesthesia: The choice of anesthesia should be discussed by you and your surgeon well before your surgery. If only a small amount of fat is going to be removed from a few sites, your surgeon may go with local anesthesia, where you receive local anesthetics and a sedative to relax you. However, if large volumes of fat are to be removed from several different sites, general anesthesia may be more appropriate, and in this case, you will sleep through the procedure.

Male Liposuction Surgical Procedure: The surgical procedure phase begins after the anesthesia is administered. At this time, the surgeon will make small incisions where the cannula will be inserted and start the process of liposuction. After the liposuction is done, the incisions are closed. A dressing is then applied to protect the wounds, keep the tissue securely in place and reduce swelling. Some surgeons choose to leave the incisions open to allow excess fluids to drain.

Recovery: During the recovery, you are awakened and moved to a recovery area where the staff can monitor you for one or two hours. You may feel pain, nausea or very cold. This is normal. The staff can give you pain relievers, antinausea medications, warm blankets and other help.

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