Is It Common for Men To Have Liposuction?


In the past, there was a definite stigma against cosmetic procedures for men. With each passing year, that stigma has been fading, with men representing a growing share of both surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Men want to remain youthful and attractive as they get older, and are increasingly turning to procedures like liposuction.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgical procedure involving the suctioning of fat from places like the thighs and arms. The fat is vacuumed out through a tube that is inserted through small incisions.

Who makes the best candidate for a liposuction procedure?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has stated that the best candidates for liposuction are:

  • Adults
  • Within 30 percent of their ideal weight
  • Non-smokers
  • Those with firm, elastic skin
  • Free from serious medical conditions or life-threatening illnesses

The best way to determine if you would make a good candidate for liposuction is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

What areas does liposuction treat?

  • Waist and abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Upper arms
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Back
  • Chest area

Liposuction should not be considered as an obesity treatment. It cannot treat cellulite.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

To resume light activities, it should take from one to three days. It can take weeks or months for all post-procedure swelling to resolve.

What is laser liposuction?

The goal of a laser liposuction treatment is the same as with regular liposuction: removing unwanted fat. The difference is that a laser liposuction uses a medical laser instead of conventional surgery.

A laser fiber will be inserted into the treatment area. The laser melts the fat, which is then suctioned out. In many cases, incisions are not sutured following a laser lipo. Instead, surgical dressings may be applied to allow for the drainage of fluids in a natural way.

What is the treatment process like for laser liposuction?

The laser will be directed into the skin to break down fat cells. It creates openings in the membranes of the treated fat cells, resulting in the release of the contents of the fat cells into the bloodstream. This shrinks the size of the fat cells, leading to a more slim and contoured body profile.

The waste products from the fat cells are then transferred to the lymphatic system for eventual elimination from the body.

One last optional step following a laser lipo is the use of a special vibration machine that can assist the body in ridding itself of the fat cell waste.

Who makes a good candidate for laser liposuction?

Basically, the same people who make good candidates for regular liposuction are also eligible for laser lipo. Your eligibility can be determined during your consultation.

What is the recovery time for laser liposuction?

Most people are able to resume their normal activities in one or two days.

How common is liposuction for men?

Men account for approximately 11 percent of total liposuction procedures. So, although their share is smaller than that of women, it is still a significant number. And that number continues to grow as the social stigma around plastic surgery for men continues to fade.

Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 212-717-8550 or use our easy online form

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