San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti Talks About Liposuction for Men
Liposuction surgery has now become the most commonly performed operation in Plastic Surgery and is especially popular among our male patients in the San Diego and Riverside areas. This procedure is used to improve your figure in either one specific area, or in several areas. Modern liposculpture is both a scientific procedure and an artistic one, incorporating a concern for the patient’s well-being and health during and after surgery with a genuine artistic sculpting of tissues.
Who Will Benefit From The Procedure
Patients seeking liposuction for improvement of body contour have generally tried multiple diets and exercise programs, to no avail. Certain problem areas remain. It is important to realize that suction lipectomy is not a method of weight reduction in itself, as relatively little weight of fat is removed from the body when the surgery is performed safely. The procedure is designed specifically to improve body contour. Therefore, it is important for you to be at or close to your “set point” weight. The problem area for men is usually the “love handles”.
To be safe, the surgeon must not exceed the safe limits of fat removal or administration of local anesthetic, and always consider the health of the patient before proceeding with the procedure.
The Surgical Procedure
The procedure varies between 1 and 3 hours, depending upon how much work is to be done in various areas of the body. Liposuction is generally performed in an outpatient operating suite. Incisions for the procedure are generally one quarter inch in length and are placed in inconspicuous skin folds with minimal or no shaving of hair. Modern liposculpture is nearly circumferential, rather than just in the problem areas.
What To Expect After Surgery
The initial week is the period during which any pain, swelling and bruising appear to be at their maximum. Between week one and week two, it is not uncommon to feel somewhat fatigued and during approximately the third week even mildly depressed.
Resumption Of Physical Activities
You will generally be able to begin resumption of your normal activities in three to six weeks. Patients are back to work in 3-7 days.