What’s the difference between lipo for men and lipo for women?
The procedures are the same. But the targeted body areas are often different. Men tend to develop pesky fat deposits in their abdomen, “love handles,” chest, and chin. In particular, men store more fat in their midsection than women, who tend to store it in their lower bodies.
Are you a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction should not be regarded as a weight-loss method. Men who are already at or near their desired body weight but struggle to remove lingering pockets of fat will achieve the most satisfying results. Candidates for liposuction should be in good general health, without conditions that can increase surgical risks.
Selecting the right doctor
Training matters. Experience matters. Technical skill matters. Caring matters. Listening skills matter. Your doctor should combine elite-level technical ability with a keen eye for human aesthetics and a commitment to your health and well-being. That’s how we “operate” at The Michael Horn Center for Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL.
Preparing for your liposuction
If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for a period before and after your procedure, as determined by your doctor. You may be directed to suspend the use of some supplements and medications (such as aspirin) that may promote bleeding. Your doctor may also want to perform some basic lab tests prior to your liposuction.
Make sure you arrange for someone to drive you home and to stay with you for at least the first night following your procedure.
Risks and side effects
All surgeries come with risks such as infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, complications from anesthesia, and allergic reactions to medications or materials. You will have some bruising following your procedure and may have some post-operative numbness that subsides over time.
Costs will vary according to the scope of your treatment. Since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not pay for it. Have a thorough conversation with your surgeon prior to your liposuction.
Your liposuction procedure
The procedure takes about an hour for each area treated. Depending on the amount of fat to be removed, your liposuction may be an outpatient procedure or require an overnight stay in the hospital.
After you are given your appropriate form of anesthesia, your target areas will be injected with medications that will break up your fat cells. Your surgeon will select one of several available liposuction techniques based on your treatment areas and goals.
The procedure involves only a few small incisions that are only one or two millimeters wide. Once the incisions are made, a laser is often used to soften the fat and stimulate skin tightening in the area. The targeted fat cells are then suctioned out using microcannulas.
You can expect one to two weeks of recovery time, depending on the size and location of your treatment areas and how much fat was removed. During this time, you will have some swelling and bruising. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication as needed and appropriate. You may need to wear compression garments around the clock (except for showering) for up to three weeks. Patients typically return to work within one week and are encouraged to start moving around the day after treatment.
Most men will see 90 percent of their desired outcome within three months following their surgery, but it may take up to six months for your treated areas to heal completely and your results to be maximized. Once fat cells have been removed, they cannot grow back. But you can still store fat in untreated areas, so it’s important to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Recent national surveys show that liposuction surgery results rank very high in patient satisfaction.
Schedule your male liposuction consultation at The Michael Horn Center for Plastic Surgery
You are doing what you can to maintain a healthy, trim, and contoured body. Yet stubborn fat cells remain. Schedule a consultation at Michael Horn Center for Plastic Surgery to see if liposuction can be the solution.