Men often have resistant fat deposits in highly targeted areas such as the abdomen and flanks. These are areas with thick, highly elastic skin that responds very well to liposuction. Liposuction can be used in a male plastic surgery procedure and can also help define certain muscle groups such as the abdominal “six pack,” serratus striations, and pectoralis borders. For men that have excess breast tissue, liposuction can also be very effective, simple, and well tolerated.
Because liposuction is such a common and popular procedure some people have begun to think of it as a weight loss solution. This, however, is not the case. Good candidates for liposuction are healthy and at a stable body weight. They are not obese, and are basically in good shape. Individuals who undergo liposuction share some of following characteristics:
Tumescent liposuction will usually take place in either in our outpatient center or hospital. The surgery by itself can take 45 minutes to two hours. Local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are usually used for minor procedures, and general anesthesia for major procedures.
Once the anesthesia has been administered, plastic surgeon Neal Goldberg, MD will make small incisions near the target areas. Next, the tumescent solution containing diluted lidocaine is injected into the area. A cannula (thin tube) is then used to break up, or dislodge the fat. Tumescent liposuction cannulae are even thinner than those in other liposuction approaches, and the incisions made are also smaller. The fat is suctioned out through a plastic tube with the assistance of a high-pressure vacuum mechanism.
You can expect to be somewhat sore after the surgery. Numbness, burning, and swelling are common post-operative effects. Dr. Goldberg will probably advise you to walk around shortly after procedure. After two days, the small drainage tube that was inserted beneath the skin to prevent fluid build-up is removed. Dr. Goldberg will likely recommend that you continue to wear the elastic compression garment for about 2-3 weeks. Additional liposuction treatments may be recommended as only a certain amount of fat can be removed during one procedure.
Dr. Goldberg treats patients from all over the state. For more information about liposuction, call our office for a consultation at 866-481-5585.