Liposuction for Men
Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess, stubborn cells of fat. Liposuction, although it sucks out fat, is not a weight loss solution and is best done on individuals who are in good mental and physical health. People who have tried diet and exercise to achieve the results they desire but have found that certain, specific areas of their body are unresponsive to it, are the best candidate for this procedure. Liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with other body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift, neck lift or breast lift. All of these procedures work to improve the overall contour of the body.
The Liposuction For Men Procedure
Liposuction is performed through tiny incisions in which a long, skinny tube, called a cannula, is inserted and sucks out the unwanted fat cells. Liposuction can be performed on virtually any part of the body from the mid-section to the thighs to breasts to the arms or even the neck. Liposuction can help to create a more proportionate body contour when one area of your body is resistant to the effects of diet and exercise. Liposuction can also be a good compliment to another body contouring procedure.
Liposuction Before & After
Body Contouring in the liposuction process
Body Contouring is a wonderful procedure to increase body confidence and decrease excess sagging skin, tissue or fat on the body that is resistant to more traditional methods of change such as diet and exercise. That said, all surgical procedures carry some degree of risk and the same is true of aesthetic procedures. You can reduce some, though not all, risk factors by carefully choosing a board certified, trained and experienced plastic surgeon that has a good reputation amongst both peers and patients. Looking at before and after patient photos and reading testimonials, in addition to researching the plastic surgeon’s accreditation, training and experience, is a good way to get a feel for the quality and consistency of his or her work.
Results Of Liposuction
Once the swelling and bruising begin to subside after around a week, you will begin to notice your results. After a few months, any residual swelling will have subsided. Scarring is typically nonexistent because the incisions made are so small. Your results after the liposuction procedure will be long-lasting, just make sure you do not gain excessive weight or you will be back to where you started!
When Can I Exercise after Liposuction?
Liposuction is a minimally-invasive fat removal procedure. It involves very small incisions and relatively little downtime. That said, it’s important that you hold off on getting fully back into your workout routine. Doing too much too soon after liposuction can increase your risk of experiencing complications such as bruising, pain, and seroma (the buildup of fluid in the surgical area). You want to resume a healthy lifestyle after receiving liposuction, of course. However, you will gain the most by taking it slow. You can begin walking the same day you have this procedure but should keep it to about five minutes at a time for a day or two. When you increase your activity level, do so gradually and gently, and listen to your body. Generally, we expect a full return to normal activities six weeks after liposuction.
What Areas Can Men Get Liposuction?
Although age can play some role in common areas for liposuction, men generally harbor fat in different areas than women. Some of the common areas for liposuction in men include:
- Flanks/Love handles
When Will I See the Results of My Liposuction Procedure?
You can expect to see some degree of improvement in the contours of the area of focus soon after your liposuction procedure. This may not happen in the recovery room due to the swelling and, if relevant, infusion of tumescent solution into the treatment area, but it may happen within 48 hours. Keep in mind that your post-surgical swelling will continue to subside for up to several months. The majority of your swelling will resolve within a week or so, after which residual side effects should be minimal and unobtrusive to your cosmetic appearance.
Are My Liposuction Results Permanent?
One aspect of your liposuction results that is permanent is the removal of fat cells. You will not grow new fat cells after this procedure, nor will fat cells migrate to the treated area from other parts of your body. Fat cells need a stable blood supply from surrounding tissue to survive, so they do not readily move around the body. Once you’ve had fat cells removed via liposuction, you can expect to have fewer fat cells in the treated area. Does this mean that your results are permanent, though? It does not. There are a few ways in which your body may change after having liposuction.
If you gain a few pounds after your liposuction procedure, chances are your results will remain stable. If you gain 15 to 20 pounds or more, there is a chance that the fat cells in different areas of your body, including the area you’ve had treated, will grow larger. It is the expansion of fat cells, not the number of fat cells, that alter the contours of an area of the body.
The good news here is that it’s not impossible to maintain your new body contours after having liposuction. It takes many of the same habits you may have sustained before your procedure. The primary habits that maintain your results are a healthy diet and consistent exercise.
Liposuction For Men Before And After Photos
Following the procedure, your plastic surgeon will give you a list of guidelines to follow during recovery and it will be important to the safety and speed of your recovery as well as to the final outcome of the procedure that you follow these guidelines very carefully. Some pain, swelling and bruising is to be expected and may vary from patient to patient. Pain medication is sometimes given to help with any discomfort during the post-operative healing process. You may expect a scar when an incision has been made. Most plastic surgeons work very hard to make the incision as inconspicuous as possible to hide it in the body’s natural crevasses and contours. That said, some long term scarring is to be expected for certain procedures, though Liposuction rarely, if ever, leaves scars due to the tiny nature of the incisions.
Risks Of Male Liposuction
Finally, Body Contouring and Liposuction can both be wonderful ways to create results not otherwise attainable, but as with any surgical procedure, there are risks and as such the decision is not one to be made lightly. Consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if this is the right procedure for you. Some of these risks include:
- Rippled or loose skin
- Worsening Of cellulite
- Contour irregularities
- Pigmentation irregularities
Typically, when large amounts of fat are removed, it may be necessary to have surgery in order to remove the leftover excess skin.