Liposuction is a procedure that enhances the body’s overall shape by permanently removing fat deposits. Men generally look to improve the chest, abdomen, and “love handles.” Liposuction is an effective method of plastic surgery for all areas of the body, including the face, neck, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, lower legs, and arms. The result is a pleasing physique that helps patients achieve their goals. Liposuction consistently ranks among the top five aesthetic procedures performed in the United States.
The Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is performed by making small incisions that are inconspicuously placed in natural skin creases. Prior to the incisions, a solution that contains saline, local anesthesia and epinephrine is applied. This is called tumescent anesthesia. It helps to reduce bleeding and subsequent bruising following liposuction surgery. It also aids in a more comfortable recovery after surgery. Using a small instrument attached to a vacuum suction pump, the fat is essentially vacuumed out of the problem area. The amount of fat removed will depend on the area of the body being treated, and typically—fat is removed along with a portion of the tumescent solution. This combination is referred to as the aspirate after it is removed.
While there are different types of liposuction procedures, Dr. Garramone will determine which one is best for you during the consultation. Our liposuction services can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures. Liposuction can be performed to achieve varying reductions. For outpatient surgery, there are limits as to how much fat can be removed. When only one or two small areas are treated, we can use a local anesthesia. However, if multiple or large areas are worked on during liposuction surgery, general anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation is typically administered.
Fat Grafting (Liposculpture)
During liposuction, fat can also be transferred from one area of the body to another to improve contour. This transfer is referred to as fat injection, grafting or liposculpture. During liposculpture, fat is taken from one area of the body and repositioned to another area to improve contour in that second region. Fat injections are typically used in areas of volume loss such as the face. With smaller areas or reductions in delicate areas, fat transfer can require a bit more planning and finesse.
What to Expect After Liposuction
After the liposuction procedure, the incisions are closed with small stitches. A compression garment is placed over the treated areas, with a recommendation that it is worn for a minimum of four to six weeks post-surgery. In most cases, patients need to wear the garment for about six weeks. Most normal activities resume within two weeks, depending on the extent of the liposuction, as well as the number of areas that were treated.
Liposuction vs. Healthy Diet
Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet, nor is it useful for generalized weight reduction– it selectively removes fat only from specific areas. The goal of the operation is to simply contour the treated body areas to achieve an aesthetically pleasing look. It is the ideal procedure for a patient who is close to, or at their ideal body weight, but is having trouble contouring a specific area or areas.
To learn more about liposuction for men, call 239-482-1900 to schedule your consultation today.