Male Abdominal Liposuction Information

Male abdominal liposuction targets excess abdominal fat, which is not the same as the visceral fat that surrounds the abdominal organs and creates the proverbial "beer belly." (In actuality, often there is a strong genetic tendency that causes fat to accumulate in the abdominal area, so it can't always be blamed on a poor diet or lack of exercise.) Regardless of where on the body it is performed, liposuction deals only with subcutaneous fat, the fat found directly under the skin. Liposuction cannot safely remove visceral fat, which lies deeper in the body, because of its potential for damaging nerves, tissues, and organs, and blood loss.

Male abdominal liposuction can restore a waistline and flatter stomach. It's also often used to get rid of "love handles" on the flanks, resulting in a torso that's slimmer, more contoured, and younger looking.

Tumescent liposuction is usually done as an outpatient procedure in the surgeon's office or freestanding clinic under local anesthesia. The skin of the abdomen is numbed with lidocaine before small punctures are made on the upper and lower abdominal area. A small and flexible blunt-tipped surgical  instrument called a cannula is inserted through the holes and fat in the treated area is numbed with a saline-based solution that contains more lidocaine and epinephrine, which restricts bleeding. The surgeon moves the cannula through the fat deposits, breaking them up. The fat is then suctioned out through the cannula by a vacuum machine.

Liposuction can also be used to remove fat from over the pubic bone in the lower abdomen. Not only is this fat pad unattractive, but it may hide the lower penis shaft, in effect shortening it.

After the surgery, the patient wears a light compression garment made of fabric that's similar to an elastic bandage for about a week to help limit swelling and bruising. No stitches are required, and the surgical wounds close on their own within 48 hours. Some abdominal soreness is expected, and the abdominal skin may be slightly numb and itchy for a couple of weeks. Patients can participate in light activities  immediately, and many can return to work within a day or two, depending on the demands of the job. Your surgeon will provide you with more detailed instructions about resuming your normal lifestyle.

Initial results are visible within 3 months; final results may take up to 6 months. Swelling and hardness are common complaints, but both will subside over time. 

Liposuction is considered a safe way to remove fat from many areas of the body, and it is one of the least invasive cosmetic surgery procedures. However, it is not a substitute for healthy eating and exercise. It is meant to remove fat deposits that have not responded to either.

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