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Male liposuction is becoming increasingly popular. Liposuction can be an effective means to remove excess fat that does not respond to diet and exercise alone. Liposuction can improve your overall physique, leaving you looking and feeling better.

The liposuction procedure can be performed on people of all genders. There are not major differences between male liposuction and any other type, although the treatment areas tend to be different due to how fat congregates on a male body. Regardless of gender, liposuction surgery is a safe procedure that can be a highly effective way to look and feel better.

However, no surgical procedure is right for everyone. Before undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery, you should carefully evaluate the pros and cons. Below, we’ll go over the basics of male liposuction to help you decide if it’s right for you.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction targets fatty deposits in areas like the chest and abdomen. Oftentimes, these deposits do not go away in response to diet and exercise and are often genetic.

During liposuction, a doctor removes these areas of fat using a thin tube called a cannula. Your doctor will make a small incision in the treatment area and suction out the fat.

Liposuction can be done under general or regional anesthesia, depending on how much fat is being removed. Unless there are complications, you can go home the day of your liposuction procedure.

Liposuction recovery takes about six weeks, however it may take three to six months to see the final result. You usually need to wear a compression garment for the first three days after the procedure. While you may experience moderate pain or soreness for a few days, the discomfort is manageable with medication.

You can resume light physical activity and exercise within two to four weeks, and most patients can return to normal activities within six weeks.

How Does Male Liposuction Differ From Female Liposuction?

For the most part, it does not. Both men and women can benefit from liposuction, and the procedure and recovery time are the same regardless of gender.

The only real difference between male and female liposuction is the typical treatment sites. Fat tends to congregate in different places on the male body. Men commonly get liposuction done on the lower abdomen, chest, and the flanks (or love handles). Male liposuction is also sometimes performed on the chin and neck.

While these are the most common areas to get male liposuction, men can get liposuction on other areas of the body where they have unwanted fat deposits.

An additional important consideration is whether your surgeon is skilled at male liposuction. All liposuction is for the most part liposculpting, so the goal is always to create the best possible form and proportions. Having an experienced sense of male aesthetics is a separate set of skills from female aesthetics.

Is Liposuction Permanent?

Yes and no. The fat removed during liposuction is permanently removed from the body, but you can still regain fat after liposuction. If you don’t maintain a healthy weight, new fat can form in the treatment area.

Although fat can reaccumulate in the area of liposuction, the ratio of fat deposition in the body is permanently changed. Your trouble spot will unlikely continue to be your trouble spot after liposuction.

Is Liposuction Safe?

Yes. Every medical procedure carries risk, but when working with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, the risk of complications is very low.

Prior to undergoing liposuction, your surgeon and medical team will make sure the procedure is safe for you. They’ll do a physical exam, talk over your medical history and lifestyle, and have you undergo basic blood work to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery.

Liposuction carries a risk for side effects like infections, which are usually easily treated. In rare cases, more serious side effects like fat embolisms or kidney and heart problems may occur. However, they can usually be avoided if you’ve been medically cleared to undergo liposuction and follow aftercare instructions closely. Despite frequently told horror stories about liposuction, liposuction is one of the safest cosmetic procedures one can undergo.

Never work with a plastic surgeon who rushes you into liposuction. A reputable plastic surgeon will always make sure you undergo the necessary medical exams before scheduling surgery.


Male liposuction is a safe procedure that can resculpt your body and improve your self-image. Male liposuction is not significantly different from any other type of liposuction, although the treatment areas tend to be different.

As with all surgeries, liposuction carries some risk for complications. However, healthy adults who are medically cleared to undergo liposuction do not usually experience significant problems. If you’re a good candidate for liposuction, it can be a great way to enhance your self-esteem and self-image. The vast majority of men who have liposuction are happy with the final results.

Ready to get started? Leif Rogers is an Ivy League-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon and a standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you’re considering liposuction, get in touch with his team to schedule a consultation.

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