September 10, 2015
In its beginnings, it was believed that plastic surgery was designed for women, but nowadays cosmetic surgery is used for both genders, and both men and women undergo it. Men have realized that they may benefit from plastic surgery too.
Liposuction is a plastic surgery that helps men to improve the shape and contour of their abdomen, so they may look more athletic, lean, and attractive. Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery in the United States.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a plastic surgery that allows removing the undesirable fat that doesn't respond to diet and exercise, from any part of the body. This technique offers the advantage that the removed fat will not accumulate in the same part of the body in the future; in other terms, if the patient gains weight, the fat will be redistributed.
In the case of the men, the most common treated areas are the neck, breast (to eliminate gynecomastia or large breast in men), abdomen and waist (commonly called "love handles"), and the back.
Who is an ideal patient for a Male Liposuction?
The ideal patients for this procedure are those physically and mentally healthy men, with a relatively adequate weight, and areas with fat difficult to remove with diet and exercise.
How much does a Male Liposuction cost?
The price may vary according to the treated area, but in average the price may range between $2500 and $7000. This range of cost doesn't include extra fees like anaesthetics fees, hospital fees, among others. Usually, this type of surgery isn't covered by insurances, this is because it is an elective and cosmetic procedure.
What should the patient do before a Male Liposuction?
During the first consultation, it is important for the patient to explain his desired outcomes to the plastic surgeon; also, all his medical record including all the diseases and current medication. The plastic surgeon will examine the patient to determine the areas of the body that need liposuction; he/she will take pictures to show an approximation of the results and to compare with the new body after the procedure.
The man should avoid drinking alcohol, smoking or taking certain medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen at least two weeks before the surgery, they can alter blood.
What is the general procedure of Male Liposuction?
Usually, the patient is under general anesthesia, but when liposuction will be performed in small areas the patient may be under local anesthesia and sedation. The surgery may last from 1 to 4 hours depending on the amount of fat that will be removed and the extension of the areas that will be treated.
The plastic surgeon makes a small incision in the areas to be treated, after that he/she will insert a cannula or micro-cannula, connected to a vacuum system, under the skin to extract out the excess of fat.
There are many different liposuction techniques. In some of them the surgeon may use saline solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine or adrenaline (vessel-constrictor) subcutaneously in the area to be suctioned; this helps to make the fat deposits easier to remove, minimize bleeding, bruising and post-operative edema. In other techniques, the surgeon doesn't use fluids (dry liposuction). Similarly, the plastic surgeon may use laser or ultrasound to destroy the fat deposits.
What are the postoperative cares after a Male Liposuction?
According to the extension of the treated areas the patient could go home the same day (small areas), or spend at least one night in the hospital (extent areas). During the first days after the procedure, the patient should take rest at home with limited movements. Likewise, the man should use during many weeks after the surgery a support garment or elastic bands, depending on the area where the liposuction was made, in order to bring support to the affected skin.
Oral medications will be used for pain (analgesics or painkillers), and also antibiotics immediately after surgery. The physical activity should be increased progressively, avoiding strenuous exercises for at least a month after the procedure. Sun exposure should also be avoided during the healing period, this could leave visible scars.
What are the results from a Male Liposuction?
When a man undergoes a liposuction the results are visible immediately; however, the final results are evident after the healing process is complete, approximately after 3 months. The eliminated fat doesn't grow up again in the same area of the body treated with liposuction, so if the patient's weight varies, the fat will redistribute.
What are the side effects, risks and complications of a Male Liposuction?
All surgeries carry risks of any complication; however when it is performed by a surgeon with experience the risks diminish. Among the complications that the patient may suffer infection at the operated area, alterations in the healing process, clots (of fat or blood), seroma or hematoma, burns, organ perforation, nerve or tissue damage,bad reaction to anaesthesia, irregularities in the final appearance are included.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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