Liposuction is a procedure that involves removing fat cells from the body using a small, thin tube called a cannula. Thanks to modernized and improved technologies and techniques, there are multiple procedural methods. These include tumescent, radio-frequency assisted, and power-assisted liposuction.
BEFORE & AFTER
What is Male Liposuction?
Used on all areas of the body to sculpt a more slender shape and improve proportions, liposuction is a procedure that surgically removes unwanted localized fat deposits using a thin cannula, which is attached to a suction pump. The cannula is inserted through small incisions in the skin and gently suctions out the fat. When stubborn fat deposits cannot be eliminated with diet and exercise alone, liposuction is a safe and effective way to remove them.
There are crucial differences in the natural and typically ideal physiques between men and women. Men tend to carry excess weight in their waist, lower back, and love handles. This sometimes creates a “muffin top” appearance difficult to reverse. Regarding outcome differences, women generally desire a curvier, hourglass shape, whereas men prefer an athletic, v-shape. Dr. Bray is exceptionally detailed, and uses the newest technology and refined techniques developed over 10 years to create a more muscular, slimmer appearance with male liposuctions.
When reshaping a man’s body through liposuction, Dr. Bray uses multiple techniques and technologies, including radio-frequency assisted liposuction (RFAL), tumescent liposuction, power-assisted liposuction (PAL), and SAFELipo™ liposuction. By using various tools and techniques, he is able to extract the fat safely, accurately, and effectively.
Dr. Bray normally treats several areas in a single session for a full-body sculpting and contouring effect to create a more masculine physique. He most often uses general anaesthesia to target multiple areas at once. However, if there are fewer or smaller areas to be treated, then local anaesthesia can be a good option.
BodyTITE™ and FaceTITE™ are common liposuction techniques that use radiofrequency to tighten skin and dissolve fat in specific and targeted areas and are often used in combination with more traditional liposuction techniques. Dr. Bray was one of the first surgeons in Canada to make use of Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction technologies.
To be a good candidate for this procedure, you must be at, or near, your goal weight, live a healthy lifestyle, and confident you can maintain your weight after the procedure. Weight fluctuations post-procedure can negatively impact long-term results. If any medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure exist, they must be well-controlled prior to surgery.
Liposuction is also typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you will return home the same day. A compression garment will need to be worn for the first 3-4 weeks or so after treatment to minimize swelling and bruising and help prevent fluid collections. Full recovery takes approximately 6 weeks.
The Dr. Bray Difference
Dr. Bray has been practicing liposuction and plastic surgery for over 20 years. Over the course of the many thousands of surgeries performed, he has developed detailed, careful, and effective techniques. Being one of the first surgeons in Canada to use radio-frequency assisted liposuction, he is always looking to improve his practice. When performing liposuction surgeries, Dr. Bray uses multiple technologies to mold the patient’s ideal body. With the use of RFAL, tumescent, power-assisted, and SAFELipo™ liposuction, he relies on a range of tools for an effective outcome.
Dr. Bray always uses tumescent infiltration prior to liposuction for important practical and safety reasons. He injects large amounts of saline fluid into the body to disperse the fat cells, making it easier to remove them. In the same procedure, local anaesthetic and epinephrine shrink the capillaries and reduce bleeding.
The radio-frequency assisted liposuction (RFAL) technologies Dr. Bray uses are: BodyTITE™, FaceTITE™, and NeckTITE™. These target their respective areas of the body. Using RFAL, he heats the body’s fat cells and surrounding tissues. This liquifies the fat, making removal of the fat easier. RFAL allows fat cells to be removed without the risk of harming vital tissue, while also tightening the skin. Since the procedure stimulates the collagen in the skin, it not only tightens, but tones the skin as well.
Where RFAL heats the fat cells to liquify then remove them, power-assisted liposuction sends vibrations through the cannula (thin, hollow tube) to break up stubborn fat tissues. Similar to the other liposuction procedures, this procedure allows for relatively quick healing, and utmost safety. The small incision area, combined with the vibrations allows for less scarring, and less force from Dr. Bray.
SAFELipo™ is very similar to PAL, but with an added step. Dr. Bray’s goal is always to make his patients look as youthful and natural as possible. By using SAFElipo™, the added step allows him to even out fat distribution. The goal of this is to reduce fat creases, ripples, or misshapen areas left by uneven fat cells.
Depending on the patient’s body, goals, and nature of the skin, Dr. Bray will use some or all of the above procedures. His approach is holistic, and therefore he considers all aspects of his patient’s body. By using various technologies, he liposuctions and contours the body. Lastly, Dr. Bray works to create a proportional body. As such, he may recommend other procedures such as abdominal etching and male breast reduction, should the patient benefit from it.
Custom Options For Male Liposuction
There are various custom options to include in a male liposuction. The most common are flanks, chest, abdomen, abdominal etching and breast reduction. Much rarer procedures include inner thigh, knee, ankle, and calf liposuction.
The most common regions for male liposuction are the flanks (love handles), abdomen, and chest. Since men typically carry stubborn weight in the abdomen and flanks, liposuction of this area can make a drastic change in appearance. However, men’s bodies differ from each other. Thus, Dr. Bray tailors his approach to his patient’s unique concerns. Some may hold weight in only one part of their abdomen, while heavier men will require liposuction of the entire region.
Depending on the patient’s goals and body type, abdominal etching can be a very worthwhile, additional procedure. Dr. Bray performs abdominal etching quite regularly for men, and aims to keep their abdomen natural looking. By complementing the etching to the patient’s body type, he avoids awkward results such as a chiseled abdomen on a stouter body. If the patient is already muscular, abdominal etching offers the muscles a much more, athletic and fitter appearance. He enhances the grooves and borders of the muscles to represent a six pack, suiting the rest of the body. However, even for less athletic men, abdominal etching’s results are on a spectrum. Dr. Bray can highlight the midline of the muscles and obliques to create a slimmer, more toned appearance. Abdominal etching for both muscular and slimmer men is common.
Chest liposuction can be performed without male breast reduction if the fat deposits are minimal. As such, Dr. Bray uses local anaesthesia to target smaller areas of the breast. However, oftentimes the chosen procedure for chest liposuction is a male breast reduction. This involves removal of large amounts of fat, and may include the breast gland.
Dr. Bray works holistically with his patients’ bodies. A patient may require liposuction of their entire upper body to have a proportional physique. If this is the case, Dr. Bray can perform a 360 degree liposuction. This involves liposuction of the flanks, abdomen, and chest. Since this procedure necessitates multiple larger areas, it might be performed over multiple sessions, a factor Dr. Bray would evaluate during your consultation.
Certain areas are much rarer to perform on men. These include inner thighs, calves, inner knees, and ankles. Inner thigh liposuction reduces excess fat on the upper inner thigh area that may cause thighs to rub together. Knee, calf, and ankle liposuction are beneficial for the small, stubborn areas. All of these procedures tone and tighten the lower body; however, it is best to discuss with Dr. Bray before considering these procedures.
Dr. Bray understands that many patients are hesitant to undergo a face or neck lift. Instead, he offers a new rejuvenation treatment using radio-frequency assisted liposuction (RFAL). Named FaceTITE™ and NeckTITE™, these treatments are usually performed under light sedation. Although the results are not as dramatic as a face or neck lift, these procedures offer a significant improvement over laser and other surface treatments. The procedure is performed by placing a tiny incision inconspicuously under the chin, where a small amount of fat can be removed. This is typically finished within a few hours and is a fully outpatient procedure.
Preparing for Male Liposuction
Medical conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, thyroid problems, diabetes or the regular use of certain medications might affect your surgery. If any of this applies to you, please disclose all of these items in your medical questionnaire prior to your consultation with Dr. Bray.
No smoking of any sort of nicotine, vape or marijuana products for at least 6 weeks before your procedure. Failure to do so might adversely affect your surgical outcome. We also advise not consuming alcohol at least a week prior to surgery.
Follow Dr. Bray’s instructions concerning diet, hygiene and medications. Before any kind of surgery, your stomach should be empty, which is why you should not eat or drink after midnight the day before the procedure.
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to allow easier change of clothes before and after surgery. Please arrive without any jewelry, makeup and nail polish on the day of the procedure. If you wear contact lenses, please switch them out for glasses.
Plan enough time for your recovery. Taking time off from work will be essential. The amount of necessary recovery time can vary dramatically between people depending on the extent of their surgery but also the physical demands of their occupation. Dr. Bray and his team will evaluate your personal situation and make recommendations regarding your return to work.
Extensive surgical procedures like body liposuction require an overnight stay at Dr. Bray’s surgical clinic. His nurses will monitor your vital signs, ensure you receive sufficient pain medication, and assist with all other necessary aspects of this early part of your recovery. Dr. Bray will assess your progress the morning after surgery and ensure you are ready to go home. Schedule a drive to your appointment and to return you home after surgery. By law, patients cannot drive after surgery.
In line with COVID-19 regulations, we have reassessed our cleaning and sterilization protocols. Upon arrival in our office we conduct symptom screenings with a questionnaire and check our patients’ temperature. We also require masks for our staff and patients. COVID-19 testing before surgical procedures is mandatory in order to protect our staff and other patients.. Please have yourself tested by arranging a test in your area prior to your surgery.
Dr. Bray requires a number of lab tests, diagnostic tests and medical evaluations leading up to your surgery. The nature of these tests will vary according to the procedure, your age, health, history, and other key health factors. Necessary testing may change based on procedure, age, health, history and other factors.
It’s of utmost importance to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet, supplements and medications. Stop drinking alcohol and smoking of any kind. Avoid exposure to sick people and quit taking blood thinning medications, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and a number of supplements. Post-surgery preparations should be made, such as arranging transportation, getting time off from work, stocking up on food and anything else you will need post-surgery and making sure someone will stay with you during the first two days after the procedure.
Figure out what you are going to wear, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding pre-surgery fasting and any other preparation measures. Go to bed early and get well rested before your big day. We also recommend getting your house in order and buying ice packs to help with swelling after the surgery.
Male Liposuction: Before and During Treatment
Patients with a history of medical conditions including, but not limited to, diabetes, blood pressure, or hormone fluctuations may have adverse health reactions to the procedure. Regular users of tobacco products can also create unnecessary risks during and after surgery. Please consult with Dr. Bray if any of these issues relate to you.
Before treatment, Dr. Bray will mark the areas of your body with skin-safe markers and take photographs for before and after pictures.
Depending on the amount of liposuction being done, Dr. Bray will decide to use either general or local anesthesia. Treatment may take up to several hours depending on the size of the area and amount of fat that needs to be removed.
Post Op / Aftercare for Male Liposuction
Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure which means you may return home the same day. However, in cases where an extreme amount of fat is being removed, Dr. Bray may keep you overnight.
Dr. Bray is very involved in the post-operative care process, and will lay out dietary, medication, and exercise guidelines to aid in the healing process. It is important to follow these guidelines to ensure the quickest and most effective recovery possible.
In many cases, directly following treatment Dr. Bray will leave the incisions open so that temporary drains may be placed to remove excess fluid build up. The first 4 weeks following the procedure you will need to wear a compression garment or elastic binder wrapped tightly around the treatment area. These must be worn diligently and continuously, as they not only reduce swelling but help to contour and shape your body. You should limit all physical activity during this time, removing any unnecessary movement.
After the first week, you will begin to notice a significant reduction in swelling and pain. Most people are able to return to their regular work after 2 weeks. However, it is likely you will need to continue wearing your compression garments throughout this period. Moreover, depending on your line of work, you may need more or less time off. Around the 3-5 week mark is when soreness has significantly reduced and visible results will become more apparent. Bruising should also be reduced at this time as well, but you will need to continue limiting any strenuous activity. During recovery, it is important that you maintain a healthy diet and limited exercise to support healing. Good nutrition is important; ensuring your body is well rested, hydrated and fed the proper vitamins will promote healing. especially in the few days following the procedure
Finally, while you are not able to exercise strenuously, taking short walks and gently moving can help aid your body in recovery. If you find your progress is not as expected at the 6 week mark, please contact your Dr. Bray.
The process of liposuction surgery does permanently remove fat cells from the body. Following the surgery, fat cells will not be able to move back into that area, so you should only pursue this option if you are comfortable with permanent change to your body
A good candidate for male liposuction is someone that is close to their goal weight, is not considered overweight, and generally leads a healthy lifestyle. Those that have high skin elasticity may also see greater results as skin heals; however, having less skin elasticity does not necessarily disqualify a candidate. Candidates should also not have a history of medical conditions or be regular smokers. Candidates must also have realistic expectations about success. While liposuction can substantially improve the appearance, tightness, and overall shape of the body, it must be combined with a continued healthy lifestyle for the best and longest-lasting results. Lastly, it’s important to understand that liposuction alone will not remove cellulite from the body. Therefore, if cellulite reduction or removal is your goal, it may be best to consider a different cosmetic procedure.
If you meet these requirements, consider contacting Dr. Bray to schedule a consultation.
Almost any part of the body can be treated with liposuction. Most common areas in men include the chest, abdomen and flanks (“love-handles”). Speak with Dr. Bray about which areas are the most concerning for you. He will work with you to design a treatment plan that suits your unique situation and needs. Often, multiple sections can be targeted in the same setting, so it’s best to discuss all of your priorities during your consultation.
Immediately after the procedure is the most difficult in terms of swelling, pain, and bruising. Added discomfort occurs due to wearing compression garments; although the compression garment significantly improves healing. In approximately a week, you will notice swelling and bruising begin to decline. For patients who are having large amounts of fat removed, pain medication may be prescribed for the first week after the procedure. Due to this discomfort, it is recommended that you plan ahead and take time off work as mobility will also be limited.
A compression garment is a tight vest or bodysuit, almost like a cyclist’s outfit, that must be worn after liposuction or other cosmetic procedures to help the body recover. It reduces swelling by applying pressure across the treatment area to prevent fluid buildup. It also helps to shape and define the area into your goal outcome. The garments can be worn underneath regular clothing such that they are not visible to others.Patients may experience some discomfort as they adjust to the tight sensation of the garment. If you have concerns about how your compression garment fits following the procedure, please speak to Dr. Bray immediately.
Dr. Bray works to ensure that the scars are as tiny and inconspicuous as possible. Depending on the region being liposuctioned, he will aim to make the incision in a concealable area. He also uses the newest technology, such as BodyTITE™ that promotes healing of the scar by stimulating collagen in the skin. Nonetheless, liposuction does require minor incisions to be made in areas where fat deposit is being removed. In some, there are several incisions that are necessary. Anything that cuts through all layers of your skin is likely to result in a wound that will be visible for a certain amount of time. Therefore, while scarring may be minimal, it is still a potential risk of liposuction treatment. Wearing your compression garment properly following the procedure can help reduce the likelihood of scarring because it will help reduce fluid buildup and inflation to help promote faster healing. Always follow Dr. Bray’s post-operative guidelines regarding medication, exercise, and diet to improve the healing process.
How does abdominal liposuction differ from a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a more intense surgical procedure that involves the actual removal of excess skin and fat. Liposuction, on the other hand, only removes fat.
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