In today’s image-obsessed culture, more men than ever are turning to cosmetic surgery to reach their body goals.
Statistics from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) show liposuction to be the top procedure sought by men in 2018, followed by male breast reduction. These numbers are only expected to grow as attitudes towards cosmetic surgery continue to change.
For men, liposuction can address areas that stubbornly remain flabby despite hard work and healthy living.
How Liposuction Works
As the name implies, liposuction suctions out and removes unwanted fat from different areas of the face, neck, and body. It uses tiny surgical tubes, called cannulas, and a special surgical vacuum or large syringe to remove fat.
General anesthesia is used to keep patients comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Alexander starts by creating small incisions in the areas to be treated, and the cannula is inserted.
From there, Dr. Alexander will use the vacuum device to remove all unwanted fat. Once done, the incisions will be closed off with sutures.
Liposuction recovery can take a few weeks as swelling and bruising dissipate. There will be some discomfort right after surgery, but most patients are able to go back to work after one week. A compression garment will be needed to ensure faster healing.
Liposuction results in nearly permanent fat removal from the treated areas. Body contours are improved, and treated areas all look and feel firmer and more defined. As long as men keep their weight level and stay in good shape, liposuction results will last for years.
Men and Liposuction
For men, liposuction is a particularly effective way to define masculine body contours. Men tend to have firmer skin than women because their skin retains elasticity longer. Because of this, liposuction often ends up being an extremely effective treatment in removing unwanted fat without leaving too much loose skin behind.
Liposuction can be used to target stubborn pockets of fat that often accumulate with age. Most men target their abdominal area, but liposuction may also treat unwanted fat that accumulates under the chin, arms, and neck.
The “Daddy Do-Over” recently enjoyed its moment in the limelight as an increasingly popular method of getting dads the body of their dreams. Despite its focus on dads, the procedure speaks to the larger trend of men seeking surgery, like liposuction, to improve their appearance.
Of the many cosmetic procedures performed last year, more than 1.3 million were done on men alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Liposuction is at the top of the list, but other procedures include facelifts, eyelid lifts, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and others.
Clearly, men want to look and feel their best. Cosmetic surgery helps achieve these goals, and liposuction for men is just one part of a larger trend.
Sculpting Body Contours
Liposuction is great for men who want to trim their physique but continue to struggle with areas of fat that just won’t go away. Age and lifestyle changes can often leave men with unwanted fat that, over time, starts to drastically affect how the body shape looks.
For men, this usually affects the torso and abdomen. Having a round middle or “love handles” along the side can contribute to looking older, tired, and in “bad shape,” despite otherwise being in good health.
Liposuction may be used together with other procedures, like a tummy tuck, to further tone and define these areas for a traditionally masculine physique.