Liposuction for Men
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What is liposuction like for male patients?

Liposuction for men is different than female liposuction. The reason why performing liposuction on men differs from women is because male fat tends to be much more fibrous, with many more fibro-septal networks, vertical fibroseptae and collagenous bands. This makes it much more difficult to remove the fat using old-fashioned, traditional liposuction techniques. Dr. Mulholland is renowned for his male liposuction results as he has pioneered the advent and use of energy-assisted liposuction techniques, such as VASERLipo™ and SmartLipo™, as well as a radiofrequency assisted lipo, BodyTite™.

These energy-assisted devices are inserted into the unwanted areas of male fat to gently and effectively coagulate and liquefy the fibrous male fat.  VASERLipo™ uses ultrasound wave to liquefy and coagulate the unwanted fat, which can then be used for transplantation. This is common for men to the midface or undereye area.

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Internal Vaser Lipo Probe Used at SpaMedica Toronto

Figure 1. The Vaser probe gently using ultrasound energy to cavitate, liquefy and separate the fibrous male fat for easy removal.

SmartLipo™ uses gentle laser energy to liquefy and coagulate the more gritty male fat and blood vessels. It facilitates a gentle removal and ensures a 17% overall skin contraction so any risk of loose skin is minimized.

SmartLipo Laser Used to Liquefy Fat in Toronto Patients

Figure 2. The SmartLipo™ laser is used to soften and liquefy the hard, fibrous male fatty tissue. The liquefied male fat is then easier to remove making the procedure more gentle with far less bruising, swelling and discomfort.

Finally, BodyTite™ is also used during male liposuction.  The radiofrequency electrical waves of the BodyTite™ device liquefy and coagulate the fat. They break down the fibrous tissue for easy extraction of the fat cell, leading to ideal contours. The major advantage of Bodytite™ is the softening and removal of the fibrous male fat. Bodytite™ provides 35% soft tissue contraction overall.

BodyTite Energy Assisted Liposuction Illustration in Toronto

Figure 3. Male liposuction areas respond very well to the strong coagulative effects of radiofrequency energy. Hard, gritty male fat is softened, liquefied and then removed gently with little pain. The male skin envelope may contract and shrink up to 35% after Bodytite™.

What are the most common anatomical areas for male liposuction?

The most common areas for male liposuction are the love handles, also known as the “spare tire”. Love handles are extra layers of fat over the flanks and often extend around to the back and to the lower abdominal “pot”.  Another common procedure Dr. Mulholland performs is liposuction on male breast tissue. Male breast tissue can be either fatty or fibroglandular. With Dr. Mulholland’s precision and energy-assisted devices, he can ensure results with no scars around the areola and under the breast. Dr. Mulholland also performs liposuction on chins. He uses heating techniques like BodyTite™, NeckTite™ and SmartLipo™ to ensure the extra fat under the chin is removed while maintaining the skin’s tightness.

Common areas where liposuction is performed on Male and Female Toronto patients

Figure 4.  Common body areas where Male Liposuction is performed

How is male liposuction performed?

Lipsouction procedures are performed either under local anaesthesia with oral sedation, or local anaesthesia with IV or general sedation. Local anaesthesia is inserted into the area of unwanted fat. The fat then becomes completely numb so that gentle heating and extraction of fat can be performed. Once the local anaesthesia is completed, the energy-assisted devices are used to liquefy, coagulate and tighten the fat. After this phase, the liquified and coagulated fat is immediately removed with a gentle, small, blunt-nose tipped microcannula.

Who is an ideal candidate for male liposuction?

The ideal candidates for liposuction are men who have unwanted fat even after dieting and exercising to modify their body type. Ideal candidates are healthy patients without uncontrolled illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease or hypertension. Unsuitable candidates include those who are unrealistic about the shape and figure they desire, or are medically unwell or excessively overweight.

What kind of anaesthetic is used during male liposuction?

Liposuction is performed under tumescent local anaesthesia. Tumescent local anaesthesia is an extremely dilute local anaesthetic that is inserted gently into the fat, distending the fat and numbing sensation during the procedure. The tumescent anaesthesia also distends and expands the fat cells, exposing them to the ultrasound energy of VASERLipo™, or the laser energy of Smartlipo™ or the electrical current of Bodytite™.

Anesthetic Applied to Buttocks Before Liposuction in Toronto

Figure 5. Dilute local anesthesia is gently infiltrated into the areas to undergo male energy assisted liposuction.

Is a male liposuction procedure painful?

Modern liposuction is a very gentle procedure. The energy-assisted liposuction techniques have been shown in peer-reviewed medical studies to be far less painful and have far less discomfort. A patient will experience less bruising and swelling compared to old-fashioned liposuction techniques. Recovery time is much quicker to allow you to return to work and activities faster.

How long does the male liposuction program procedure take?

Depending on the thickness and surface areas of the fat to be contoured, the procedure often takes approximately 45 minutes per area. Multiple areas are usually performed.

How long is the recovery following male liposuction?

Modern liposuction using energy-assisted devices have a very rapid recovery. It is not uncommon for individuals to undergo multiple-area liposuction on an afternoon and return to sedentary work or regular activities the following day. It is usually recommended, however, that you take two to three days off after your lipocontouring procedure to allow time for recovery. The recovery process also requires the patient to wear a post-liposuction garment. For men, sometimes a small drain is used as well to help “attach” the skin to the underlying muscle.

Compression Garment

Figure 6. A postoperative Liposuction compression Garment is worn to improve skin contour

A post-liposuction garment is a high-tech compression garment similar to the material of Spanx®. It is used to shrink-wrap the overlying soft tissue while it heals in the ideal shape and contours. In general, these liposuction garments can be worn under any clothing and are quite comfortable. They provide support during the healing process. Generally, liposuction garments are worn 22 hours a day for three weeks. After three weeks, the liposuction garments are worn for support during the day and can be taken off in the evening and overnight. Liposuction patients can return to low-impact activities such as walking or using a stair climber or an elliptical within the first week or two. Return to high-impact activities such as jogging, running, weight training, hot yoga and stretching should wait until the fourth to sixth week.

What will I look like after male liposuction?

Immediately after the procedure, there will be some swelling which is contained by your compression garment. Liposuction using energy-assisted devices does not result in much bruising.  If possible, avoid taking aspirin three weeks prior to the procedure to minimize the risk of bruising.

What kind of results can I expect after male liposuction?

When VASERLipo™, BodyTite™ and SmartLipo ™  are all used in the same procedure, a patient can expect great contour enhancement results. Dr. Mulholland is well-known for his advanced male patient liposuction body contouring of all areas. Improvements in figure, shape and contour are ensured as fat is removed in the areas of contour concern. Patients should see improvements in their shape and contour moreso than their weight. Fat is removed so there will be some weight loss, but the focus is on removing inches and enhancing a patient’s contour.

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Figure 7. Male Smartlipo™ and Bodytite™ patient with treatment to the love handles and abdominal “pot”.

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Figure 8. Male SmartLipo™ and Bodytite™ of the breast tissue.

What are male liposuction patients saying about their liposuction procedures with Dr. Mulholland?

Most liposuction patients are extremely happy with the results of their body contouring because they realize diet and exercise cannot specifically reduce unwanted bulges such as breast tissue, love handles and lower abdominal fat. Dr. Mulholland’s patients are particularly satisfied because of his expertise in assuring the best possible soft tissue contraction after the removal of the fat. This ensures tight, soft, and ideal figure enhancements after liposuction.

How long will the results last after male liposuction?

The results of your liposuction will be lifelong. The fat that is removed will not return. It is very important to have weight maintenance after liposuction and stay within five to ten pounds of your liposuction weight to ensure permanent contour and figure enhancements. Excessive weight gain will not result in fat returning to the same areas, but the fat can travel to other areas where you normally would not have collected it.

Is there any maintenance required after male liposuction?

There is no surgical liposuction maintenance required for the fat that has been removed as it is permanently gone. However, to ensure optimal skin contraction and tightness, skin-tightening body heating treatments are to be completed during your program.  Treatments are performed using devices such as Venus Freeze, Accent®, Exilis®, VASERShape™, Forma™ or Thermage® Body.  Once your series of post-operative treatments have been completed, Dr. Mulholland will recommend a single treatment every three months to maintain skin tautness, elasticity and contour.

How much will male liposuction cost?

Dr. Mulholland has a range in liposuction pricing depending on the size and amount of fat and number of areas to be removed. In general, a single-zone liposuction with three combined devices such as VASERLipo™, SmartLipo™ and BodyTite™ will start at between $3,999 to $6,999 for the first zone. There are discounts for subsequent procedures on a second, third and fourth zone. Depending on the size of the patient and their Body Mass Index, patients can have three to four zones performed with total body contouring for $9,999.

Why choose SpaMedica and Dr. Mulholland for my liposuction procedure?

Liposuction is an art. That art meets science with the application of energy-assisted devices. The use of energy-assisted devices is a highly-specialized skill; one that Dr. Mulholland has been an innovator and pioneered. He has helped develop the radiofrequency VASERLipo™ and the BodyTite™ and SmartLipo™ procedures and has taught these techniques to hundreds of physicians from around the world. He has more combined energy-assisted devices than any other physician in North America. He is sought out by patients worldwide for lipocontouring procedures. By choosing Dr. Mulholland, you’re getting one of the foremost experts in the world in advanced modern liposuction using energy-assisted devices. The SpaMedica team is well-known for their service,experience and attention to your post-operative and pre-operative needs. In addition, Dr. Mulholland and SpaMedica combines post-operative skin tightening in addition to the lipocontouring to ensure the best possible contour.

How do I schedule a consultation for male liposuction?

To schedule a liposuction consultation with Dr. Mulholland, simply call the number on this procedure page or fill out an e-mail consult request form. A SpaMedica customer service representative will respond quickly and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mulholland and his team so you can learn more about your body contouring opportunities with energy-assisted liposuction. Call or e-mail now to start the process towards a new figure, shape and form.


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