liposuctionTypically males carry weight on their abdomen, hips (and complain about “love handles”), on the chest, chin and the neck.

If this sounds like you and you are at, our close to your ideal weight, then liposuction may be able to help you to attain a more proportionate appearance.

Liposuction (also called suction assisted liposculpture, lipectomy, lipoplasty, or simply “fat suctioning”) is not a substitute for weight reduction, but a method of removing localised fat that doesn’t respond to dieting and exercise. Men can benefit from liposuction wherever these unwanted fat deposits occur.

If your problem is on your chest,and you have developed what are commonly called “man boobs”, don’t stress, you are not alone! We treat scores of men of all ages with this  problem.

This condition is called Gynaecomastia. Your surgeon will examine you to determine if the problem is simply an excess of fat in this area, or an overgrowth of breast tissue.

If the problem is an excess of fat, then liposuction is ideal.

However if the problem is tough fibrous tissue, then a direct excision of the tissue is generally required. For more information on this, see the Gynaecomastia section of this site.

The best candidates for liposuction are men of relatively normal weight but who have pockets of excess fat in particular areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations.

Most important, having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour. If your skin is not elastic, it won’t reshape to your body’s new contours, and may require an additional procedure to surgically remove the excess skin. This type of procedure will leave visible scars.

The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view.

Problems with liposuction are rare, provided you are fit and healthy and at, or close to your ideal weight, and you have not had surgery in the area recently.

Your surgeon will take special care to ensure you’re your result is symmetrical, however asymmetry (uneven contour or shape) is possible and sometimes requires a second procedure.

In your initial consultation, Dr McGovern will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie, and carefully assess your skin tone.

If your problem area is the abdomen, it may be that the fat is intra-abdominal (under the muscle and around  your internal organs). Liposuction is not suitable for this problem. Occasionally the problem is more than just an excess of fat in the area and Dr McGovern may recommend abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, and discuss the options or the combination of procedures that would be best for you.

Be frank in discussing your expectations with your surgeon. He will be equally frank with you, describing the procedure in detail and explaining its risks and limitations.

Liposuction is performed under a general anaesthetic at either the Sunshine Coast Day Surgery ot the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital. In general smaller areas of liposuction, such as the hips, can be performed as a day procedure, while larger areas may require an overnight stay.

During your consultation with your surgeon, be sure to tell him about any large weight losses or gains you’ve had at any time. You should also inform him if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.

Liposuction can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal.

Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your plastic surgeon.

Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.