When people hear the word liposuction they usually associate it with a cosmetic procedure to remove areas of excess fat in women. But, the fact is that liposuction has been the number one cosmetic surgery performed on men in North America for the past number of years.

Liposuction For MenMen turn to liposuction for basically the same reason as women and that is to rid themselves of unattractive fat deposits that can lead to a poor self-image. While liposuction can treat any part of the body that contains fat, the trouble spots for men most often are the abdomen, flanks and underneath the neck.

The other problem area for men and a common reason for having liposuction is abnormal breast enlargement (gynecomastia). It can be a very embarrassing problem for men to have male breast tissue that resembles that of a woman, and no amount of diet and exercise can address this problem.

Liposuction is a fairly simple operation and while recovery time can vary, it usually does not interfere too much with everyday life. The procedure for liposuction for men is exactly the same as that for women. The gold standard for the procedure is tumescent liposuction. This method uses a special solution that saturates the targeted area of fat before removal. Within the tumescent solution, anesthetic helps control discomfort and bleeding as the fat swells up, making it easier to remove. The fat is then suctioned out through small caliber cannulas that are attached by tubing to a suction apparatus. All incisions are very small, roughly two to three millimetres in length.

The recovery time from liposuction varies with the individual, the amount of fat removed from the patient, and the area the procedure was performed. Most men find they can return to work in 3 to 4 days, and those with more strenuous jobs may take a bit longer to fully recover.

A pressure garment is worn on the treated area for a month. Some swelling and bruising may take a month or more to disappear.