Lipo (Greek, fat) + Suction (Latin, to suck). Whether you translate that as the suctioning of fat, or as fat sucks, you’re correct. Despite our best efforts at exercise and maintaining a decent diet, fatty tissue can accumulate in all the wrong places on the male physique. Particularly common problem areas include the midriff and flanks, with the chest, arms and legs following closely behind. Liposuction can be a great asset to men, and frankly, a necessary one. Exercise and diet can help us lose weight overall, but choosing the areas from which to lose it is hit and miss.
Age-old stigma has also been broken down: In 2019, more than 30,000 men in the U.S. received lipo, and it was the 3rd most popular elective procedure among them (after rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery.) In fact, liposuction tends to be unusually effective with men, due to great skin elasticity, and firmer and more vascular layers of fat.
Male lipo at Accents Cosmetic Surgery will help you lose the love handles and regain a tighter, leaner midsection.
Benefits of male lipo
Liposuction is a great choice for men looking to:
- Reduce or remove “love-handles” or a “spare tire” around the waist.
- Masculinize their chest and clear up gynecomastia
- Remove fatty pockets from the arms or legs
- Further chisel and refine the abdomen or six-pack
- Sculpt areas of the body that are unresponsive to diet and exercise
- Improve their self and sexual confidence
- Recovery is rapid and the convalescence period is uncomplicated
Who makes a good candidate for male liposuction?
Men who are close to their ideal body weight but who have a few localized pockets of fatty tissue that they’d like to remove are great candidates for male lipo. Dr. Berkowitz also often treats men who are quite buff or “ripped” and who simply want to further define their abdomen or six pack. Men suffering from gynecomastia (enlarged or feminine-like male breasts) can also clear it up with lipo and, occasionally, excision of glandular tissue.
In a personal consultation Dr. Berkowitz will discuss your goals for the procedure and ensure you meet basic criteria for the procedure, and then curate a tailored treatment plan to reach your goals. Patients who are of sound mind, in good general health and who have realistic expectations for the procedure should benefit greatly.
Popular male lipo areas of treatment
Areas of the body on which male patients often seek liposuction include the following:
- Double chin
- Love handles or flanks
- Six-pack or abs
- Enlarged breasts (gynecomastia)
Liposuction involves the use of a special tube, or cannula, and the placement of a few fine incisions. The cannula is inserted into the layer of fatty tissue, and moved about to safely suction the unwanted adipose tissue away. Male liposuction is done under local anesthesia.
After Your surgery: Recovery from Male Lipo
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure; it doesn’t require hospitalization or an overnight stay. Following surgery, patients will experience swelling and/or bruising that may last for some time (5-9 day), but will seldom interfere with routine social and work activities. Pain following the procedure is readily managed with pain medication. You will be provided postoperative guidelines and have the chance to get answers to any questions you may have about recovery. Throughout the process, you’ll also be in touch with our office should any questions or concerns arise. Recovery from male liposuction is usually very straightforward and uncomplicated.
Male Lipo FAQs
Q. Do men get lipo?
A. Yes! Liposuction is the 3rd most commonly performed elective cosmetic surgery for men in America.
Q. Where do men get lipo?
A. Men most commonly get liposuction on their:
- Waist (love handles, fatty pockets, flanks)
- Chest (chiseling and definition)
- Arms and legs
- Breasts, to treat gynecomastia
Q. Is male lipo painful?
A. Male liposuction is done under anesthesia. Pain throughout recovery is easily managed with medication.
Q. Is male lipo covered by insurance?
A. Unfortunately, insurance rarely if ever covers male lipo. Patients with certain advanced grades of gynecomastia may have success in getting insurance coverage for it. (CoolSculpting for gynecomastia is another excellent treatment option.)
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