First introduced in the U.S. during the 1980's, liposuction is an excellent technique to sculpt and improve body shape by removing fat deposits that don’t respond to diet or exercise. The most common areas of fat deposits include the hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, knees, upper arms and under the chin. After the excess fat deposits are removed, the body has a more attractive shape you will feel more confident.
Like many cosmetic surgeries, liposuction can significantly improve your appearance and self-esteem. Patients often find they can wear a wider variety of clothing than ever before while fitting into smaller sizes.
The best candidates for the procedure are at a normal weight but have areas of extra fat deposits. It is important to have realistic expectations for how the body will look after surgery. Younger patients with more elastic skin tend to have the best results. The best candidates for liposuction will REALIZE® that the procedure is not a substitute for a healthy diet plan and regular exercise. In combination with these, liposuction produces the best possible results.
During your initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will evaluate your overall health and skin condition while determining the exact location(s) of the unwanted fat deposit. The surgeon will explain the various forms of liposuction with you to help determine which body contouring method would be most effective. After your first consultation, you will come away with a better understanding of how liposuction is performed, the possible risks and complications, and the results you can expect from your procedure.
The Liposuction Procedure
Generally the procedure takes between one and two hours to complete and is performed on an outpatient basis. The length of time to perform liposuction depends on a number of factors, such as the amount of fat being removed, the size of the area, and the technique being used. To begin the procedure, you will be put under general anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Then small incisions will be made on the areas being treated. A cannula (a narrow, blunt-tipped tube) is inserted through the incisions to access the fat cells before they are suctioned out.
There are two types of liposuction techniques: ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) and tumescent liposuction. For UAL, an ultrasound probe is inserted beneath the skin in order to liquefy fat to be suctioned out. In tumescent liposuction, saline and lidocaine are injected into the fatty deposits to make them swell to facilitate fat removal and re-sculpting.
After surgery you will be transferred to the recovery room to be monitored before you are allowed to go home. You can expect to feel some discomfort and pain and there may be fluid drainage tubes temporarily placed at the incision sites to prevent fluid build-up.
When you go home, prescribed narcotic medication will help control your pain. You will wear a compression garment in order to keep swelling to a minimum and to support the skin. After about a week, you will have a follow up appointment with your physician to monitor your progress and to remove stitches. Although most of the swelling will go down after three weeks, some of the swelling can persist for six months after the surgery.
Liposuction For Men
Women are much more likely to request liposuction surgery for figure refining, yet it is becoming a more popular surgery for men, too. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported that 12 percent of liposuction procedures were performed on men in 2005. Men are more likely to choose areas such as the chest, “love handles” and abdomen.
Liposuction is very useful in reducing the love handle area, particularly because men have a difficult time losing weight in this area, even with diet and exercise. The abdomen area is also very difficult for men to tone, making it a common area for surgical fat removal.
Treatment of gynecomastia, or the abnormal enlargement of male breasts, is another common area for liposuction in men. Gynecomastia is usually caused by a hormonal imbalance can leads to the accumulation or fat and glandular tissue in the breasts. Liposuction is very effective in reducing the size or volume of male breasts. The scars resulting from male breast liposuction are usually minimal or almost nonexistent, as the liposuction is done through such small incisions.
Liposuction Procedures for Men
Before male breast liposuction may be treated, the surgeon must first determine whether the excess breast tissue is fatty or glandular. When the excess tissue is primarily composed of fat, then liposuction is a good method for reducing the size of the male breasts and improving chest appearance.
However, if a man’s breasts are primarily composed of glandular tissue, then liposuction is not an option and other therapies should be pursued. Asymmetry or oddly shaped breasts may indicate a tumor and should be examined prior to any surgical intervention. Mammograms can detect tumors and the possibility of male breast cancer.
Liposuction Cost for Men
Liposuction for men is typically more expensive than female liposuction for three main reasons:
- Fat on the male body is usually more fibrous than fat on the female body, making it more difficult and time consuming to remove for a surgeon
- The areas men most commonly want contoured by liposuction are naturally more fibrous
- Men are usually larger than a woman, which means treatment areas are larger than in women.
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