As stigmas decline, men are getting more and more comfortable with the idea of having plastic surgery. In recent years, there’s been an uptick in male patients at plastic surgery practices across the US.
Some guys are simply getting more confident in having a say over their appearance. In other cases, men are feeling more pressure to look at certain way, in order to get ahead at the office or in their personal lives.
One of the most popular plastic surgeries for men is liposuction, or the surgical removal of excess fat. If you’re a guy thinking about liposculpture surgery, here’s everything you need to know.
Popular Liposuction Treatment Areas for Men
A plastic surgeon can perform liposuction on a variety of different areas of the body. For men, a few areas tend to be more popular than others.
One of the most popular liposuction treatment areas for men is the abdomen. Guys are often looking to get rid of a little beer gut or want to get some definition in their abs.
Another popular location for liposuction is the chest. Gynecomastia, a condition that causes the breast tissue to become enlarged, is a fairly common problem for men of all ages. In some cases, the enlarged breasts can be corrected simply by performing liposuction to remove excess fatty deposits from the area. In cases where there is considerable enlargement of the breast tissue, however, an additional surgery might be needed to excise the tissue.
The neck and chin are also common treatment areas for guys. No one wants to have a double chin! Besides that, droopy, saggy jowls can make men look older than they really are. In some cases, liposuction of the neck area might be combined with a neck lift to more fully rejuvenate the area.
Does Liposuction Help You Lose Weight?
Hate to break it to you fellas, but liposuction isn’t a substitute for weight loss. If you’re more than a few pounds overweight, your surgeon is most likely going to recommend that you lose the extra weight first, then come back for liposuction.
The surgery is more of a finishing touch on weight loss than a weight loss method. That’s because even though the surgical results can be dramatic, a surgeon isn’t going to remove pounds and pounds of fat. It’s just not safe or effective long-term. Additionally, removing too much fat from an area at once can make the skin in that area more likely to sag and droop, rather than bounce back.
How Long Does Liposuction Take?
How long your surgery takes depends on a few factors, including how many areas you’re having treated. Generally speaking, you can expect the surgery to last anywhere from one to four hours. You’ll most likely be under general anesthesia during the surgery, so the time is going to seem to fly by.
What Happens After Liposuction?
After you have liposuction, it’s super important that you listen to and follow the instructions your surgeon gives you. One of those instructions is most likely going to be to wear a compression garment around the treated areas.
Compression garments might not look cool, but they help shape the area, which has a positive effect on the final results.
You should also plan to take some time off from work following liposuction. You might need a full week off, but some people do go back after just a few days. It all depends on how you feel and how extensive the surgery was.
What Alternatives to Liposuction Are There?
These days, liposuction isn’t the only way to get rid of unwanted fat. Non-surgical options are available, such as Coolsculpting. Coolsculpting freezes your fat, causing the body to flush out the destroyed fat cells over the course of a few weeks.
If you have just a small amount of extra fat to lose and you can’t take a few days or more off from work, non-surgical fat removal might be a better pick for you.
In Houston, Texas, Dr. Paul Vitenas performs liposuction at his surgical center and offers Coolsculpting at his spa, Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique. To learn more about your fat removal options, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.