- Medical Name: Male Body Contouring
- Common Name: Body contouring, liposuction, lipolysis, laser lipo, VASER, ultrasonic assistecd lipo, lipocontouring
- Anesthesia Type: Local / IV Sedation
- Procedure Duration: 2 to 4 hours
- Recovery Time: 1 week
- Procedure Location: Office
About Male Body Contouring
Most men have areas of their bodies that are resistant to exercise and a proper diet. Heredity and gender are the two main factors that dictate where excess fat (adipose) accumulate. Thus, both men have predictable areas prone to retain excess fat: flanks, chest (gynocomastia), abdomen and lovehandles.
Liposuction is the definitive technique to eliminate fat in most areas of the body and the face, and the only technique that can selectively remove localized fat in the flanks, chest (gynocomastia), lovehandles and abdomen.
The gold standard of lipo techniques is called “tumescent liposuction.” Tumescent liposuction has been around since the 1970s. This technique involves treating the area to be liposuctioned with a very dilute saline, lidocaine and epinephrine solution. The surgeon then uses a micro-cannula in strategically placed incisions to selectively remove fat. The success of liposuction is dependent upon the artistry of the surgeon, so choose your liposuction surgeon wisely.
Today, we see an increasing number of men wanting to take liposuction to the next level. Surgeons have created “high definition liposculpture” (or “hi-def”) for this reason. Men who are serious about fitness and their physique often ask the surgeon to help them create a more defined look, particularly in the abdomen. This is commonly called 6-pack abs. A skilled and artistic surgeon can successfully add definition to the abs. Often, the fat transfer will be added for increased definition.
While liposuction is a safe, effective and elegant technique, it is physically strenuous for the surgeon, particularly when working on men whose fat is usually more difficult to remove than women. Laser assisted liposuction (also called laser lipolysis and LAL) and power assisted liposuction (PAL) have gained in popularity. Both laser assisted liposuction and power assisted are “add-ons” to traditional tumescent liposuction that add ease in removal of the fat. Laser assisted liposuction equipment is made by a variety of manufacturers including SmoothLipo, SmartLipo and others. This technique uses a laser to heat up the fat prior to its removal via a cannula. It is said that the fat is easier to remove once liquefied by the heat, however it is not always the best option for every area of the body as it carries with it a risk of burning. Power assisted liposuction devices use compressed air or a motor to create a rotary or rapid in-and-out movement, thus breaking up the fat making it easier to for the surgeon to remove.
Ideal Candidate for Male Body Contouring
The ideal candidate for liposuction is in general good health, has good skin elasticity, is in the age range of 18 to early 40s, and is within a reasonable weight based upon gender and height. Candidates should have reasonable expectations for outcome.
Benefits of Male Body Contouring
Liposuction is the only tried-and-true technique to selectively remove fat from localized areas like the jawline (under the chin), inner and outer thighs, abdomen, arms, chest (gynocomastia), flanks, lovehandles and more. Liposuction has a very high patient satisfaction rate.
Risks and Limitations to Male Body Contouring
As with any surgery, liposuction carries the risk of complications even when the liposuction surgeon uses utmost care, judgment and skill. You should expect soreness, bruising and swelling at the sites. There is a low probability for skin irregularities at the site of the liposuction, bleeding, inflammation of the veins in the legs, infection, burning (laser assisted), temporary numbness and scarring. Liposuction is not a solution for weight reduction.
Alternate Methods to Male Body Contouring
While there are new, non-surgical techniques, liposuction is the only method that effectively resculpts fatty areas resistant to a proper diet and exercise.