Even in our appearance-obsessed culture, it may seem that only women get plastic surgery to enhance their looks, but from liposuction to neck lifts to nose jobs, men are jumping on the bandwagon. In 2017, men accounted for over 1.3 million cosmetic procedures, an increase of 29% since 2000.
At PNW Plastic Surgery in Portland, Oregon, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Leo Urbinelli and his team offer a full range of men’s plastic surgery procedures, including liposuction, to help men look and feel their best. Here’s what’s involved.
It’s a biological fact that men and women store fat differently in their bodies — in the type, amount, and location of the fat.
On average, women have 6-11% more body fat than men, despite eating proportionally fewer calories. Studies reveal that estrogen, a female sex hormone, reduces a woman's ability to burn fat for energy after eating, most likely to prime her body for childbearing: Fat can be used to help support the fetus. Women also tend to store fat more in their hips and thighs than in other regions.
Men, on the other hand, tend to store excess fat in the upper body, especially in the waist and abdominal area, which accounts for the large proportion of beer bellies. And they lose fat more effectively than women, though primarily because of diet, not exercise; with fewer calories in, fewer find their way into fat stores. It also turns out that belly fat is much easier to metabolize than fat in the hips and thighs.
That doesn’t mean that men can skate through dieting and end up with a perfectly toned body; they can’t. Especially as they get older, fat tends to collect in the love handles, under the chin, and in the chest, no matter how much they try to get rid of it.
Liposuction surgery, sometimes just called “lipo,” removes excess fat deposits while slimming and reshaping the target area(s) to improve body contours and proportions. While there are other body contouring procedures, none allows for the detailed improvements available with lipo.
The primary difference between male and female liposuction lies in the treatment areas. Since women tend to store fat in the hips and thighs, that’s where many focus their efforts. Men, though, focus instead on the waist and abdomen, as well as the upper arms, back, chest, chin, and neck. Using liposuction on the chest area, for example, can help create a more masculine “chiseled” look; on the waist, it can tone and firm your abs.
Liposuction is offered as an outpatient procedure, and it may be performed with local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the doctor’s preferences and your needs.
Dr. Urbinelli makes one or more small incisions near the treatment area, then inserts a thin tube called a cannula through the incisions to loosen up the excess fat beneath the skin (subdermal fat). Finally, he suctions out the fat. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the number of areas treated.
You may have to wear a compression garment over the area(s) following surgery for about a week to prevent swelling, but many patients are able to return to work in just a few days. And once the fat is gone, the effects are permanent. You’ll have a more toned, masculine appearance as long as you keep eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Dr. Urbinelli has extensive experience performing other types of plastic surgery on men. Some of the most common include:
A lower rhytidectomy improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. It’s useful for treating:
Gynecomastia is an overdevelopment or enlargement of the breasts in men that can result from hormonal changes, genetics, or obesity. Gynecomastia surgery can reduce breast size, flattening the chest and enhancing its masculine contours.
In addition, chin surgery and mandibular angle augmentation (jaw surgery) can improve the look of the jaw line, giving it a more defined appearance. When you come in for your consultation, you can discuss adding one or more of these to your liposuction procedure to create the body you feel comfortable living in.
Plastic surgery in general, and liposuction in particular, help men as well as women look and feel their best. To learn more about the options available to you, call PNW Plastic Surgery at 503-208-2348 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Urbinelli, or book online with us today.