Although not commonly discussed, male liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure for men. The goal with male liposuction is to work on the problem areas that men have. Typically these main problem areas are love handles (flanks) and the abdomen. The goal with liposuction in a man is to enhance the V-shape of the trunk area and to show off the six-pack. This is done by using the liposuction in a precise manner in order to expose the abdominal wall musculature.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but it can make a permanent positive change in the patient’s physique because fat cells do not replicate. In male liposuction the back is not liposuctioned because the V-shaped gives men a muscular look. Liposuction can sometimes be done between the pectoralis major and the latissimus dorsi create a definition between the muscles. Leaving a six-pack look gives a much better result in men than a flat abdomen which is feminizing.
It is important to note that liposuction is not a major weight loss surgery. Liposuction patients should be within 15 pounds of their goal weight in order for the procedure to be most effective. Liposuction is the most long lasting and effective way to contour the body, particularly in trouble areas. For patients with excess skin, it is recommended that you look into a body lift or tummy tuck to address that issue.
For men, the recovery from the liposuction is not too bad. As with women, the first night can be rough because of the groggy feelings caused by anesthesia and the throbbing pain from the procedure. Most people feel much better in about 48 hours after surgery. Most patients do not need pain medicine after 4 to 5 days. There is absolutely no exercise for two weeks. After two weeks, treadmill level exercise can be done at a low intensity level. Four weeks must pass before heavy exercise can be done. Additionally, lymphatic massage aids in recovery by reducing the edema and improving the overall results.
The complications that are associated with liposuction are pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, drug toxicity, infection, hemorrhage and the connotations associated with anesthesia.
Male liposuction is a dynamic procedure that gives the man a more youthful muscular appearance. For lasting results, it is important for patients to be in the practice of a healthy diet and active lifestyle. In addition to long lasting results, it is also recommended that you resume physical activity to help with the healing process.
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