Liposuction in men typically focuses on different areas than in women.  In men, the most popular areas are neck, chest, abdomen, and flanks/love handles.  Additionally, men have different type of fat than women.  Male fat is encased in fibrous tissue which makes it more difficult to remove.  On the positive side, male skin is much thicker and tends to contour much better.

Liposuction is intended to remove fat below the skin using extremely small (1 - 2 mm) incisions which heal with a virtually imperceptable scar.   Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and should not be viewed as such. However, removing fat from these problematic areas can dramatically improve one’s shape and appearance. 

Liposuction has dramatically improved in recent years with the advent of the tumescent technique where a numbing solution containing adrenaline is injected before liposuction, which limits pain and bruising. In addition, fat can be “melted” with ultrasound or laser to make it easier to remove.  In men, ultrasound assisted liposuction is commonly utilized to help dissolve the fat and make it easier to remove in a smooth fashion.  

After liposuction, one must wear conforming garments to avoid lumpiness or contour irregularities. Properly done liposuction will address discrete problematic areas of the body to yield a smooth, natural result. After liposuction, patients should work with their surgeon to maintain the result with diet and exercise. 

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EXPECTATIONS

LENGTH

1-3 hours (depending on the extent of procedure)

ANESTHESIA

General or local with sedation

IN/OUTPATIENT

Usually outpatient but an overnight stay may be required for high volume liposuction

SIDE EFFECTS

Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

RISKS

Pain, bleeding, infection, incomplete improvement, contour irregularity

RECOVERY

Back to work: 1 weeks
More strenuous activity: 2 - 3 weeks

FINAL APPEARANCE

1 - 3 months for swelling to completely resolve

DURATION OF RESULTS

Permanent if weight is stable