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One of the most common procedures that men request is liposuction. It is performed on patients that are in good shape, but can’t seem to shake the bulge. Liposuction can help by extracting excess deposits of fat and slimming problem areas.
Cosmetic surgery isn’t just for women and, as three male plastic surgeons operating in the Bethesda, MD area, we would know. While the majority of patients are still female, the number of treatments and procedures we perform on men has been quickly rising over the years. Men deserve to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside too!
Find out if you would benefit from liposuction by contacting board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Richards, Dr. Magge, and Dr. Jabs at Cosmetic Surgery Associates in Bethesda, MD today.
Liposuction, also known as fat suction or suction lipectomy, is a technique used to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, back, flanks, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. Several different liposuction techniques may be used, either alone or in combination with each other, including the tumescent, laser assisted (LAL), and power assisted (PAL) liposuction methods. Liposuction is not a substitute for losing weight, but a method of removing localized fat that does not respond to dieting and/or exercise. Patients will be able to walk immediately after surgery but will be told to avoid more strenuous activities for two to four weeks. Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic operation that we perform. Our patients usually return to work in 4 – 7 days depending on the number of areas treated.
The number of plastic surgery procedures performed on men has been steadily rising over the years and liposuction is one of the most frequently requested procedures by men. Like women, men too care about their appearance and want to look their best. And with more male-specific techniques available, more men are eager to undergo plastic surgery procedures because they can accomplish an ideal sculpted male physique. There are many different reasons why men may choose to undergo liposuction. Many of these reasons are in some way related to confidence, whether it be in order to give them more confidence in their job, dating, or simply day-to-day lives.
Liposuction can be performed to remove fat from almost anywhere on the body where there are localized excess fat deposits. Some of the most popular areas include:
In order to determine whether or not the patient would benefit from liposuction in one or more of these areas, they should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as one of the surgeons here at Cosmetic Surgery Associates.
Liposuction can be performed in order to treat gynecomastia, which is the enlargement of male breasts. This can occur due to a variety of factors including increased genetics, estrogen level, drugs and medication, Klinefelter Syndrome, hyperthyroidism, or simply aging. Assuming that the patient has good elasticity remaining in their skin and the majority of their enlarged male chest can be attributed to excess fatty tissue, liposuction alone may be enough to treat this condition. Tumescent, laser, and power assisted liposuction may all be good techniques for treating gynecomastia. In order to determine whether or not one would be a good candidate, contact our Bethesda, MD office today.
In order to be considered for male liposuction at Cosmetic Surgery Associates, patients should schedule a consultation with Dr. Richards, Dr. Magge, or Dr. Jabs in Bethesda, MD.
Our doctors are familiar with the ideal male physique and perform customized male-specific liposuction techniques for each patient.
Good candidates for male liposuction should be close or within range of their target weight loss goal. However, they may have stubborn localized fat deposits in areas that don’t seem to respond to diet or exercise. Like any patient interested in cosmetic surgery, they should be in good health before the treatment. Besides being at a stable and healthy weight, they should also be nonsmokers and not suffer from any critical medical conditions that could affect their ability to heal.
The doctors at Cosmetic Surgery Associates are well-trained in a variety of liposuction procedures in order to help our patients meet their specific goals. The various methods can be performed alone or in combination,depending on the patient’s body, goals, and lifestyle.
Tumescent liposuction gets its name from the tumescent solution that it administered during the liposuction process. In this procedure, a dilute amount of saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine is injected into the surgical area prior to suctioning the fat. The special solution produces firmness in the area, which makes the fat cells easier to target and reduces the amount of bleeding. It also helps minimize discomfort during the procedure and throughout recovery. This is considered the gold-standard method of liposuction.
Laser assisted liposuction liquefies fat cells prior to extraction as well. However, it accomplishes this by using laser fiber inserted through a small cannula. Also called SmartLipo Triplex, laser assisted liposuction usually only requires oral sedation or local anesthesia and minimal downtime. Tumescent solution is often combined with the laser assisted liposuction for optimal results. One method may be used for certain areas while the other method is used for other areas in the same treatment session.
Power assisted liposuction is very similar to the tumescent technique. It utilizes tumescent solution to produce swelling and firmness in the area, which makes it easier to target fat deposits and reduces bleeding. However, when suctioning out the fat, the cannula will be connected to a vibrating device that helps shake apart the fat cells, making them easier to extract and increasing patient comfort.
I was very apprehensive at first, but the staff, and Dr. Richards were very reassuring. The final result was remarkable and a night and day difference! Why did I wait so long? I look younger than my youngest sister, and all of my friends. I was blown away at the results I achieved.
The liposuction procedure is typically performed at our state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center, where the patient will not need to spend the night following the procedure. Depending on the extent of the procedure, patients will have the opportunity to choose between local anesthesia, oral sedation, and general anesthesia.
The procedure normally takes between 1-2 hours.
First, the doctor will make small incisions around the surgical site. Inserting a cannula through the incisions, usually made in natural body creases, he will introduce tumescent solution to the area. Then, he will perform one of the techniques discussed above. The right technique(s) will be determined at the time of the consultation.
As cosmetic surgery becomes more and more popular among men, our doctors find themselves personally performing more male procedures. Some of the most common procedures among men include, but are not limited to:
- Tummy tuck: Clinically referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is performed to enhance the appearance of the abdomen by tightening abdominal muscles and removing lax skin. This is performed on men who have lost a significant amount of weight. Liposuction and tummy tuck are often performed at the same time.
- Facelift: For men interested in enhancing the appearance of their face as well, a facelift is a popular procedure. A facelift is performed on patients who want to reduce signs of aging on the face, including excess skin, lines and wrinkles, and sunken features. It is frequently combined with a neck lift.
- Eyelid surgery: The eyes are the window to the soul and eyelid surgery can help brighten the appearance of the eyes by correcting the appearance of excess skin, bags, or droopy eyelids.
Feel free to ask one of our doctors about these procedures or any others of interest.
A friend or family member should be available following the treatment to drive the patient home and help for at least the first 24 hours of their recovery. Following the procedure, the patient will be wrapped in a compression garment that helps reduce swelling and enforces the desired outcome. There may be some soreness or discomfort in the initial days following the procedure. This can be controlled with an approved over-the-counter medication or prescription provided by one of our doctors. Patients will be able to walk immediately but should avoid strenuous activities for at least three weeks. Usually, patients can return to work within 4-7 days.
Men interested in male liposuction are encouraged to contact Cosmetic Surgery Associates in Bethesda, Maryland to schedule a consultation. During the consultation, the patient will meet personally with one of our board certified plastic surgeons. The doctor will ask the patient why they are interested in liposuction, what are their goals, and what is their current diet and exercise regimen. The doctor will then conduct a physical examination to determine whether or not the patient would be a good candidate for liposuction and which technique, or techniques, they would benefit from most. Please feel free to come in with any questions for doctor regarding this procedure, alternative procedures, or cosmetic surgery in general. Our doctors are here to lend their expertise and help the patient make the right choice for his body and lifestyle.
Average cost: $2,000-$7,000
The cost of your liposuction procedure will depend on your specific case and if you opt to receive additional treatments or procedures. Please feel free to schedule a private consultation to receive a quote.