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Male liposuction is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure performed on men in the United States. Male liposuction was performed on more than 16,000 male patients in the United States during 2003. This represents sixteen percent of the total number of liposuction procedures performed that year, a number which totals almost 400,000, making liposuction the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed today.
Male liposuction options and procedures are similar to the options and procedures available to female patients. Male liposuction is a procedure that is best performed on a physically and emotionally healthy male patient of virtually any age who is deemed an appropriate candidate for this procedure. The ideal candidate is a male of normal weight with firm skin who has pockets of unwanted fat. During male liposuction, fat deposits can be removed from the tummy, hips, back, butt, knees, thighs, chest, neck and face.
Male liposuction is best performed on a patient who is aware of the risks and benefits of the procedure and has realistic expectations about the results. It is important for a patient to discuss their full medical history and all current or recent medications and supplements with their cosmetic surgeon in order to make sure that male liposuction is appropriate. Patients with a history of diabetes, heart or lung problems, poor circulation, and patients who have had recent surgery in the same area may not be good candidates for male liposuction.
As with all liposuction, there are a number of techniques that can be employed while performing male liposuction. One of the most popular, safe and effective techniques utilized in male liposuction is the tumescent procedure. The tumescent male liposuction technique can be performed under local anesthesia and sedation, and may not require general anesthesia. This procedure involves injecting a liquid solution into the treatment area that is three times the amount of fat that will be removed. This prevents the body from going into shock due to fluid loss during male liposuction. The injected fluid is usually a mixture of a salt solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood vessel constrictor to reduce blood loss during the procedure). Other methods of male liposuction include the super-wet technique and ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL), both of which carry their own risks and benefits.
During the male liposuction procedure, unwanted pockets of isolated fat are suctioned from the body via a special tube called a cannula. The length of a procedure depends on a number of factors including the technique that is used, the size of the male liposuction treatment area, the amount of fat that is to be removed, and the type of anesthesia that is used. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and benefits of male liposuction that patients should fully understand before undergoing this type of procedure.
If you would like to learn more about male liposuction, you may wish to speak with a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgery professional who can discuss your treatment options with you in greater detail. Please contact us to speak with a surgeon near you.