Discover Liposuction for Men
Are you frustrated with excess body fat despite your healthy lifestyle and dedicated workout schedule? Liposuction can help you remove targeted areas of fat in order to contour the body. In men, it is commonly used to treat the neck, chest, abdomen, and flanks, helping you get the leaner physique that you work hard to achieve.
Liposuction is not a method of weight control or a treatment for obesity. It is a complement to diet and exercise, not a substitute for them.
Why Liposuction Works
Liposuction works wonders for many patients. The reason why it works is that it permanently removes fat cells—something no amount of diet and exercise can do.
We are all born with a certain number of fat cells, which form our subcutaneous tissue layer located between our skin and underlying muscles. Genetics, hormones and weight changes cause localized areas of fat deposits to develop; in men, they are most common in the neck, breasts, abdomen and flanks. When you gain or lose weight, the size of your fat cells increase and decrease, but the absolute number of those cells remains constant. With liposuction, surgeons like Dr. Parker remove a certain number of fat cells from specific areas to improve body shape and contour.
If you gain weight after liposuction, the fat will be deposited more evenly throughout the body; it does not selectively relocate to the areas that underwent liposuction. For this reason, you can think of liposuction as a “body re-proportioning procedure.”
Liposuction can change your life in many ways. Our patients tell us after surgery that they feel more athletic and younger. In addition, they observe the following changes, telling us they:
- Look and feel better physically
- Are motivated to lead healthier lives
- Feel more self confident with improved self esteem
- Think they are more successful at work
- Say women find them more attractive
- Find their interpersonal relationships and sex lives are strikingly enhanced
The best candidates for liposuction are men close to their realistic, or ideal, body weight with localized fat deposits and good skin tone. Liposuction can also provide an incentive for weight loss if you’re slightly or moderately overweight.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Parker will examine your areas of concern, evaluate your skin tone and discuss treatment options with you. If your skin has become loose, removal of excess skin with or without liposuction is likely more appropriate than liposuction alone.
For example, men with good skin tone can see impressive results from neck liposuction, while men with poor skin tone of the neck will get a better result with a neck lift.
- Men with loose abdominal skin and stretch marks would get a better result with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
During your initial consultation, Dr. Parker will discuss treatment options with you. In addition, you will be shown many before and after pictures of liposuction patients and undergo computer imaging to see what you should look like following liposuction. Our surgical results after liposuction have a very high correlation with what you are shown in your computer imaging session.
SAFE Lipo and VASER Lipo for Improved Results & Quicker Recovery
Dr. Parker will most often use either SAFE Lipo or the VASER ultrasonic liposuction system in male patients to minimize trauma and hasten recovery. Both techniques use specialized cannulae to break up and evaculate unwanted fat, allowing Dr. Parker to sculpt the desired contour.
More important than using these particular methods is Dr. Parker’s extensive training, experience, and eye for detail. This allows him to achieve youthful contours and excellent results. The tiny access incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. The resulting scars are virtually unnoticeable. Patients are fitted with a snug-fitting garment that provides support, promotes skin contraction, and optimizes final contour.
Male liposuction is performed in our on-site, fully-certified ambulatory surgical facility, Surgiplex. Male patients are made comfortable with monitored intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Liposuction lasts from 45 minutes to several hours, depending on the number of areas undergoing treatment. Patients are discharged within one to two hours after surgery.
Dr. Parker’s “super wet technique” includes a local anesthetic solution, injected into the involved tissues to minimize bruising and swelling. Two or more tiny access incisions are used to insert the liposuction cannulae for each area being treated. This technique, called “cross hatching” (like mowing a lawn in two directions), promotes a smooth, natural-appearing contour.
Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting for Men
You now have a non-surgical option to reduce unwanted fat deposits with CoolSculpting. One of the most appealing aspects of CoolSculpting for men is that treatment is quick and convenient, and there is no downtime required. However, CoolSculpting is best for patients who have more modest amounts of fat to reduce on the abdomen or lovehandles and who don’t require the more precise reshaping possible with liposuction.
Liposuction is typically the best option for those who would like larger amounts removed or need more extensive reshaping. Additionally, CoolSculpting is generally limited to treating the torso and cannot be used on the face or neck; liposuction can. Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that while liposuction requires a brief recovery period and results in small scars, the results are apparent nearly immediately after surgery; CoolSculpting results appear gradually over the weeks following treatment.
In short, both are great options, but for different patients. Dr. Parker will help you decide the best option at your consultation.
Our Rapid Recovery Program
Most of our male patients lead active lives and are anxious to return to their activities as soon as possible after surgery. With that in mind, we have tailored our surgical procedures, anesthesia, and medications, and developed our Rapid Recovery peri-operative program to accelerate patients’ recuperation after surgery. While everyone heals differently, most men are ready to return to work within several days of surgery and resume exercise in 1-2 weeks.
There is more soreness than pain after liposuction. Patients usually describe it like “overdoing it at the gym.” The compression garment can be removed the day following surgery to shower. These garments are typically worn for several weeks. During both your consultation with Dr. Parker and in your pre-op education visit with our Nurse Educator, your anticipated recovery will be discussed in detail.