One of the most common reasons men come to my plastic surgery practice is for liposuction in Phoenix. Over the years, plastic surgery for men, particularly liposuction, has increased significantly in popularity. In the properly selected patients, liposuction can be an effective way to improve men’s physiques with minimal scarring and fairly low rates of complications.
I use what is called power-assisted liposuction, which uses a special machine that rapidly reciprocates (vibrates back and forth) a hollow cannula (metal tube) that removes fat with suction. The reciprocating action reduces the force needed to perform the liposuction, resulting in a more accurate, gentle and less traumatic approach. Like most modern surgeons, I also use a tumescent technique in which fluid with epinephrine and local anesthetic is infused prior to the liposuction to minimize postoperative pain and bleeding.
For men, there are three areas that are frequently cited as areas of concern that can be dramatically improved with liposuction. These areas include the chest, the flanks (love handles) and the submental (under chin) areas.
With regard to the male chest, excess tissue in this area is called gynecomastia. A feminized chest in a male patient often causes extreme embarrassment and can result in the patient avoiding beaches and pools, maintaining poor posture to hide his chest, and wearing extra shirts to make his chest less noticeable. The excess chest fullness is generally caused by a combination of diet-resistant fat and a dense, rubbery, white tissue called glandular tissue.
To correct gynecomastia, I use a very small incision on the underside of the areola, and through this access point I remove the glandular tissue. Then, through the same incision, I perform power-assisted liposuction to smooth and contour the surrounding chest. This surgery can achieve very dramatic results, and patients are usually extremely relieved to have a normal appearing chest again.
A second excellent area for male liposuction is the flank (love handle) region. This is another area of stubborn fat for men. Often, my male patients report that despite significant diet and exercise, this is the last area on their body that shrinks down. (In contrast, for most women the thighs represent the last holdout for diet-resistant fat.) The skin of the flanks is generally thick and elastic, and it will shrink down nicely for most men after the fat is removed. Liposuction will give most men a leaner, more athletic appearance.
A third area that is popular for men seeking liposuction is the submental (under chin) region. Men with thicker fat under the chin sometimes feel this gives them a softer or weaker appearance. Through a tiny incision under the chin, I am able to remove fat to help refine the neck and jawline. Sometimes this procedure is combined with a chin implant if a patient feels he has a “weak chin” as well.