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How Does Liposuction Differ Between Male and Female Patients?

Posted April 05, 2022 in Liposuction, Male Plastic Surgery

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It doesn’t matter if you are male or female; we all struggle with excess fat in different areas of our bodies.

Sometimes, all you need is a balanced diet with consistent exercise to keep away fat; however, even with that, it’s still possible to have stubborn subcutaneous fat. This fat doesn’t go away easily, no matter how healthy you eat or how much time you spend at the gym. 

While this can be frustrating, the good thing is that there is a simple plastic surgery procedure that can help get rid of this stubborn fat!

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Liposuction is one of the most trusted cosmetic procedures available. 

In fact, in 2020, liposuction was one of the top five most performed plastic surgery procedures, with over 210,000 men and women undergoing the procedure. One of the best parts is that once the fat is removed with liposuction, it’s gone for good! 

However, it is important to understand that there is a difference between liposuction for male patients and female patients. While the techniques are the same for men and women, the reasons for undergoing the procedure as well as the treatment areas tend to be different. 

Below, you’ll find some information about these differences.

What Is Liposuction? 

Liposuction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted fat from various places on your body. 

It is often performed under general anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Depending on how many areas you treat, liposuction usually takes around one to two hours to complete.

For liposuction, Dr. Mabourakh will make a small incision near the treatment area. Through this incision, he will insert a cannula (a thin, hollow tube), which is used to loosen the subcutaneous fat beneath the skin. This fat is then vacuumed out of your body through the cannula. 

Liposuction can be performed as a standalone procedure, or it can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures, including: 

What Are the Differences Between Male and Female Fat?

The fat in men’s bodies is denser than the fat in women’s bodies. This thicker and more fibrous fat in men is also located closer to the muscles, which makes separating and removing the fat with a cannula more difficult. As a result, when ultrasonic liposuction is used by Dr. Mabourakh, it becomes more effective on male patients. 

Because of these differences, men should ensure that their liposuction is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mabourakh, who has knowledge and experience with male liposuction procedures. 

What Are the Different Reasons Men and Women Have Liposuction Surgery?

Men and women undergo liposuction surgery because they have excess body fat that they want to have removed (or at least lessened). 

However, the end goals are usually different between men and women. 

Men generally desire a more sculpted and chiseled appearance after liposuction surgery; women usually desire a slimmer, more contoured body aesthetic. 

The best part, however, is that liposuction can allow both men and women to have the results that they’ve always wanted. 

What Are the Different Treatment Areas Between Men and Women?

Men and women tend to carry their excess fat in different areas of their bodies. 

While women store excess fat on their hips, flanks, thighs, and buttocks, men tend to have excess fat in their chest (“man boobs”), waist (“spare tire” or “beer gut”), love handles, and arms. 

This different distribution of fat in men and women is why more women choose to have liposuction of the thighs and hips with their abdominoplasty and why some men have the gynecomastia and tummy tuck combination. 

Each plastic surgery procedure can help address specific concerns for men and women, and while the general concept of liposuction is the same for male and female patients, you want to make sure that you are trusting your liposuction results to a plastic surgeon who knows the differences between male and female liposuction.

Have More Questions About the Differences Between Male and Female Liposuction?

If you have any questions about liposuction for men and women or want to know more about the other procedures and treatments that Dr. Mabourakh offers, then please contact our Folsom office at (916) 984-8585, our Stockton office at (209) 464-5656, or fill out our contact form

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