Dr. Neavin’s Practice is the Premiere Clinic in Los Angeles for Male Liposuction
Liposuction is a process where unwanted fat is sucked out from the body. The most common areas in men are abdomen, flanks, back, and under the neck. You may also have seen it referred to lipoplasty, body sculpting, or suction lipectomy. Often, rather than wasting this precious fat with lipo, it is injected into areas of the face to restore youth, or buttocks to restore projection. Please refer to the fat grafting gallery for more information on this.
Liposuction is generally a same day surgery. Men can go home after surgery. Recovery is quick. For abdomen and flank areas, a binder is worn for several weeks to reduce swelling. There is generally very little pain, and the surgery is very safe. Although the surgery can be done under just local anesthesia in the office, it is often advisable to undergo general anesthesia much less lidocaine is required (which in excessive doses can be dangerous), and surgeons can be more vigorous in sucking out the fat.
What are the different techniques?
There are several types of liposuction currently being marketed. You may have heard of laser lipo, SmartLipo, and Slim Lipo. However, the traditional tumescent lipo remains the gold standard method for removal of fat and is the safest technique. In this procedure, the fat is injected (infiltrated) with a solution containing local anesthesia such as lidocaine, epinephrine (adrenaline), and IV fluid. This solution numbs the fat layer and constricts the small blood vessel allowing the surgeon to remove more fat with less bleeding and general anesthetic.
The other techniques mentioned above involve tumescent techniques with additional steps. There is Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) which uses a mechanical hand piece that supplements the motions of the surgeon. There is also Laser Assisted Lipolysis (proprietary names include SmartLipo). Laser Assisted Liposuction is for SMALL volume liposuction cases only and often requires more than one session to remove the fat.