Liposuction for Men

Online I keep finding info about women who had liposuction. Thats fine, but I would be very interested in doing something about my love handles and stomach roll.  Is it common to do male liposuction to improve body contours? Are the risks of liposuction for men the same as for women?

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Liposuction for Men

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One of the most common reasons men come to my plastic surgery practice is for liposuction. 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, some of the most common areas of concern are the flanks (love handles) and abdomen. Often, my male patients report that despite significant diet and exercise, these are the last areas on their bodies that shrink 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. The abdomen can get great results as well, but is dependent on the patients skin quality. Liposuction will give most men a leaner, more athletic appearance.
The risks of liposuction are essentially the same for both men and women and are fairly low.  The most common issues tend to be bruising, swelling, and mild irregularities after surgery. I highly recommend going to a plastic surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has a lot of experience with this surgery.

Santa Monica Plastic Surgeon
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Male liposuction

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Most liposuction patients are females, but the same benefit can be achieved for men, and more men are becoming aware of the benefits of liposuction.

The most common areas for men are the "love handles", the lower abdomen, breast and the neck, and all of these can be performed under local anesthesia, called tumescent liposuction, if desired. The recovery is usually minimal, providing the amount of fat to be removed is not excessive and they are generally in good shape. Skin contracting back and becoming tight to is less of a problem with men since they have not had their skin stretched by having little ones. 

Your plastic surgeon must also evaluate you to asure the problem is only excess fat and not excess skin as well. Some skin tightning will be achieved with liposuction if it is not excessive.

If the problem is a "beer belly," liposuction will probably not be satisfactory. This is usually when the abdominal contents are large and surrounding musculature is inadequate to "hold it in," However, liposuction in males has been very satisfactory for properly indicated patients.

Recovery time is generally 2 to 3 days according to the volume of fat removed before normal activities can be resumed with the exception of vigorous exercising.

Liposuction for men

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More male patients are undergoing cosmetic surgeries especially liposuction. This operation is not a replacement for diet and exercise, nor is to treat obesity. Undesirable fat is usually  stored in abdomen, flanks ( love handles ) and in the breast area. Not infrequently we see fat deposits underneath of chin and in and around the neck especially in patients with short necks. Accumulated fat are more dense in male patients , therefore ultrasonic liposuction ( liposelsction/vaser ) is a preferable technic to treat male patients.

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Liposuction is popular for men

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Men are coming to see us for liposuction almost as often as women. Men who are close to their ideal weight but have persistent stubborn fat deposits on their abdomens, love handles or chest find that liposuction can significantly improve the way they look. The operation is very similar in men as it is in women. Liposuction is quickly becoming one of the most popular operations we perform in men.

Liposuction is very common for men

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Liposuction is a very common procedure for men.  Infact, in my practice the number one procedure for males is Liposuction and the most commonly treated areas are the flanks or "love handles", abdomen and chest.  Men have thick skin and have not lost the skin elasticity like many women after pregnancy and get great results.  Liposuction is a wonderful treatment option for men and women who are generally in good shape with a healthy BMI but just how those problem areas no matter how much they diet and exercise.


Renato Saltz, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Liposuction in men

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liposuction on men is actually very commonly performed. It is mostly done on abdomen, flanks and necks. Men actually do quite well as their thicker skin tends to contract or shrink down well. The risks for the liposuction are the same as for women. 

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Male liposuction /fat reducing options/coolsculpting

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Men can be great candidates for liposuction or even the new Zeltiq non invasive procedure. 

The best candidates are men who are actually in decent shape but have resistant pockets of fat in the central abdomen and/or love handles.  Despite exercise, they have a hard time  eliminating these fat pockets.  Liposuction works very well in these cases and a high satisfaction is the rule. 

Zeltiq "Coolsculpting" is a procedure that does not require anesthesia and destroys fat by freezing. The patients undergoing this procedure can watch TV, work on the computer, ipad, or read during the procedure which normally takes an hour per cycle. However it partially reduces fat but not is nearly as effective as liposuction. It can be repeated to continue to reduce the areas of concern. This procedure is not for everyone but is a low risk option for those who want to avoid surgery and anesthesia and are willing to accept less dramatic reductions of fat. 

Jay Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Men liposuction is different than women liposuction

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I perform many liposuctions on men, as well as women. Most men are concerned with excess fat of the flanks, love handles and the lower abdomen. Unlike women who develope many stretch marks from pregnancy, men usually don't develop stretch marks, and therefore tend to get a better result with liposuction. This is beacuse their skin has better elasticity.

Sean Younai, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Men can get great results from liposuction.

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Many more men that women seek out and have liposuction. However, men can achieve excellent results as well. This has become one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures for me and the most common areas we treat is around the waist line. If you are otherwise in good health and near to your ideal body weight, liposuction can permanently reduce stubborn areas of superficial fat accumulation. Liposuction of the "love handles" is a procedure that can be done quickly and with a short period of recovery. Newer approaches including SmartLipo and Vaser have improved outcomes with liposuction for men and women. Get a consultation and get your questions answered by an experienced Plastic Surgeon who performs liposuction frequently. Soon you could be tucking in your golf shirts again!

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Mathew C. Mosher, MD
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Liposuction does what diet & exercise will never achieve!

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One of the fastest growing segments of our patient practice is liposuction for men. We have seen a variety of patients ranging from businessmen to ex-pro football players and the problem is typically the same as you approach your 40's and 50's...namely, an apparent redistribution of fat to the flanks and belly. This is made worse by the natural decrease in muscle bulk as testosterone levels go down. The smaller muscle bulk in the back and chest then make the flanks and belly appear even larger!

Occasionally, we see an unusual amount of fat collection in the breast area of men - gynecomastia. Liposuction is the best solution for most of these cases as it is typically a transitory hormonal issue and not a weight problem.

So, what's the answer? Here are some good guidelines....

  • Eat sensibly and exercise 40 minutes daily. This will affect your overall size, but likely not your shape!
  • Try to achieve a stable weight.
  • Be realistic in your weight loss and workout goals.
  • Talk to your plastic surgeon about your program goals, successes and failures - we can often help by directing you to the right people!
  • Remember, liposuction is used to change your shape and contour areas where fat is present and out of proportion. It is typically is not the best option for weight reduction.
  • Find out about the new options available including ultrasonic assisted, laser assisted, as well as the recently introduced water assisted liposuction (Body Jet). These options can help to decrease the pain and bruising thus decreasing recovery time.

Liposuction in men is often very successful due to thicker skin and good contraction of the skin common to most men. We typically focus on the trunk area, but are also fielding more requests for neck liposuction.

Best Regards,


Kirk A. Churukian, MD
Los Gatos Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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