In some ways, liposuction for men is relatively new. But it’s always been there—though it is certainly talked about much more openly than it used to be. Liposuction is a procedure that has often been associated with weight loss and body contouring, two activities that have a somewhat feminine connotation.
Plastic surgery in general has often been associated with the more feminine side of things. But lately that’s been changing, and a new surge in “plastic surgery for men” has become apparent. To be clear, plastic surgeons always work with the patient, what the patient desires and what the patient wants.
In that way “plastic surgery for men” or even “liposuction for men” isn’t particularly new or novel. However, the marketing of certain plastic surgery procedures towards men—and the popularity of those procedures—is pretty new. That’s why it’s valuable to know what “liposuction for men” is when you hear it.
What Makes Liposuction for Men Unique?
At its core, liposuction is about contouring the body. Many people think of liposuction as a kind of extreme weight loss strategy, like a surgical diet. But that’s not entirely accurate. Instead, liposuction is designed to contour the body. It’s really great at smoothing out areas that bulge, so you’re left with a slimmer, more svelte physique.
These bulges are usually composed of fat, of course. The human body loves to hang on to fat! In women, body contouring is usually employed to emphasize the natural curves of the body, often in the form of the traditional hourglass figure. That approach would be (generally) inappropriate for men.
Instead, men tend to desire their liposuction to emphasize the angles of their bodies. In keeping with more traditional notions of masculine bodies, men prefer to look more angular than they already do. When men get liposuction, it’s often so that they can look more athletic, and often stubborn areas of fat can interfere with that type of appearance.
Men often look for some of the following in their liposuction procedures and results:
- Removal of fat from the belly area
- Removal of fat from around the waist
- A flatter, firmer tummy and chest
- Shoulders that look broader
- A torso that looks more angular
- Legs and arms that look more athletic
- A jawline that looks more angular and athletic
Most surgeons who are performing liposuction for men will start with this more angular, masculine baseline for this procedure.
Liposuction and Gynecomastia
Liposuction for men often comes in the form of treatment for gynecomastia. In laymen’s terms, gynecomastia refers to the development of male breast tissue (colloquially known as “man boobs”). For many men, gynecomastia is a source of discomfort because it makes achieving a masculine profile quite impossible.
Male breast tissue develops for a wide variety of reasons, including genetics, diet, and lifestyle. Interestingly enough, gynecomastia is quite common in former athletes who, once their athletic routine changes, have trouble managing weight. And, to be sure, male breast tissue is not always a result of the development of fat in the chest—sometimes it can be caused by excess skin or other issues.
However, in cases where gynecomastia is caused by excess fat around the chest, liposuction is an effective way to mitigate that fat and achieve a more masculine looking chest.
For those who are looking to get gynecomastia surgery, the benefits of this liposuction are quite pronounced:
- Patients are able to feel confident in the way they look
- Patients are able to enjoy going swimming without having to worry about wearing a shirt or feeling self conscious
- Patients are able to achieve a more masculine looking profile
- Many patients note a definite increase in confidence and self esteem
Many of the benefits will indeed be quite unique and individualized. Much will depend on what a patient is trying to achieve or what they are bothered by, in particular, with their gynecomastia.
Popularity of Liposuction
Liposuction for men continues to increase in popularity. This is, in part, due to the increased openness of plastic surgery for men more broadly. But it also has something to do with how we conceptualize male bodies (all bodies, for that matter). We tend to see slenderness as a sign of confidence, self-control, even worthiness.
Patients can feel frustrated, then, that they are unable to eliminate certain areas of fat using diet and exercise. In men (as in women), these areas of fat can crop up just about anywhere. Men can develop excess tissue around the chest or the belly or even the arms and legs. Some men will even get liposuction of the neck, due to the development of excess fat there.
These areas of fat can be incredibly stubborn. And if they don’t respond to diet and exercise, then there’s no amount of diet and exercise that can make them go away. That’s unfortunate, but liposuction can give patients the ability to do just that. It’s why liposuction isn’t necessarily a “weight loss” tool.
In fact, many surgeons encourage their patients to be close to their ideal weight before the procedure. In other instances, the surgeons insist that patients simply be a stable weight in order to protect the results of the procedure.
And when it comes to procedures for men, liposuction is by no means the only one out there. Indeed, most liposuction procedures require at least some form of tummy tuck or other body contouring to accompany them. This is because any time you remove a significant amount of volume, you may also have to remove some of the excess skin this might create.
For many patients, this excess skin could be just as troublesome as the original areas of fat (and that would be quite irritating). As such, many surgeons will actually perform these two procedures together quite routinely.
A “New” Procedure Here to Stay
Liposuction for men isn’t likely to go anywhere. Indeed, it’s likely that this procedure will be around for quite some time (as long as people naturally develop areas of fat that don’t seem to go away). Attitudes about liposuction are changing, too, and that’s a good thing. So if you want to get rid of some stubborn areas of fat, be sure to contact a local plastic surgeon and see how liposuction for men might be able to help you get the angular, athletic, masculine body you’ve always wanted.