Male Liposuction – Reading PA
Body Contouring for Men
In today’s world, looking and feeling your best means having a fit, firm body. But for many men in Reading, PA , this may seem an unattainable goal. Despite spending hours in the gym and cleaning up your diet, sometimes that spare tire, double chin, or love handles just won’t go away. The truth is, even the healthiest eating habits or most disciplined exercise program cannot always conquer stubborn areas of excess fat, particularly if you are genetically predisposed to store fat in certain areas.
For men who want to get rid of these fat deposits, liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat from specific areas of the body, face, or neck. The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure for men in 2011 according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (over 41,000 procedures were performed), liposuction targets stubborn, diet- and exercise-resistant fat deposits to sculpt the body into a slimmer profile.
Liposuction can flatten the abdomen, trim the oblique area, or eliminate a double chin. Results are seen almost immediately and will continue to improve as post-operative swelling subsides. Men aged 20 to 35 who have good skin tone and with isolated collections of fat experience the best results from liposuction.
Common areas for liposuction in men include:
- Chin and neck
- Upper arms
- Abdomen and waist
Before our surgeons agree that liposuction is a good option for you, you need to understand (1) what will be done, (2) what you can expect during recovery after surgery, and (3) the risks that come with this or any surgical procedure. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a solution for weight loss and will not produce any substantial weight loss results. If you are overweight or obese, it is best to reach your goal weight before undergoing liposuction.
To determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction, contact us at Berks Plastic Surgery to schedule a free personal consultation.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, performed in our AAAASF accredited surgical suite. For your safety and comfort, you will receive general or sedation anesthesia with a board-certified, M.D. anesthesiologist. Your surgeon will make a tiny incision in the area to be treated, inserting a wand that melts the fat, and following up with a second wand that loosens and suction the fat. Before your liposuction procedure, you must stay away from products that contain epinephrine-like drugs, including cold medications. Dr. Reedy or Dr. Fernandez will provide you with complete pre-operative instructions at your personal consultation.
Most patients experience minimal initial discomfort, which is usually controlled well with oral medication. When general anesthesia is employed, patients normally require one to three hours of observation afterwards, before being discharged to go home. Compression garments or taping are advised for about four to six weeks, to reduce swelling. Full recovery from swelling and bruising takes a few weeks.
Risks and Complications
There are risks and possible complications associated with any surgery. In liposuction, irregularity of the skin is one, but it is greatly minimized by our use of small-diameter cannulae, along with massage of the affected areas immediately after surgery. Hematomas and seromas are abnormal localized collections of blood or inflammatory fluid after surgery. Adequate drainage of incisions can help prevent them. Hyperpigmentation can occur, but it usually fades and may be improved by bleaching creams, and the patient must stay out of the sun until all bruising is gone. Swelling of the legs and ankles also can occur, and proper compression garments can minimize these effects. Extremely rare but severe complications can include blood clots, injury to abdominal organs, excessive blood loss, allergic reactions to drugs, and cardiac arrhythmias during general anesthesia.
Dr. Reedy and Dr. Fernandez take great care to evaluate each patient individually. They will advise you of your own unique risk profile, and enable you to compare it with that of liposuction candidates in general before determining if you are a good candidate for the procedure. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about liposuction, please contact us today.
If you live near Allentown, Pottsville, Reading or Lancaster, liposuction specialists at Berks Plastic Surgery can help you get the results you are looking for!