Liposuction For Men

So you watch your diet, you exercise and work out more than regularly and still find that “problem areas” are still of concern.  In men the hips or “love handles” are the commonest stubborn area that causes most concern.  The abs is the other common area of concern.

The good news is that liposuction or lipo-sculpture is a relatively straight forward and safe way to smooth these problem areas and get your ideal figure back.

Liposuction or liposculpture is a body contouring procedure.  Liposuction for men is a popular and not uncommon procedure.  Typically men tend to be concerned by waist fullness and tummy or abdominal prominence.  Ideally, the areas of contour bulges should be well localised and men respond well to liposuction of the waist and abdomen.   Creating a “six pack” appearance can also be achieved in suitable cases.   Diffuse fatty areas are not well served by this technique. It is important to stress that this technique is in no way a substitute for weight loss or exercise.


Areas that can be typically be improved by liposuction in men include:

  • waist area;
  • Abdomen
  • chest – man boobs
  • face -chin and Neck
  • post-surgical or post-traumatic fat deposits

With liposuction alone the skin is not tightened surgically.  Therefore, it is best suited for people who are in good physical shape and have ‘youthful’ skin qualities.  There are specific cases in which excess skin may be present following this procedure and surgical removal of the skin may be necessary to achieve a good cosmetic result.

How is the procedure performed?

Dr Drielsma uses the new S.A.F.E Lipo-sculpture technique. This stands for Separation: Aspiration: Fat Equalisation.

After tumescent or wet injection, the fat is separated or freed up using power assisted cannulas.  Aspiration (or sucking out) of fat is then undertaken.  Following this, fat equalisation is performed whereby freed fat cells are evenly distributed around the suctioned area to minimise and avoid ripples, dimples and imperfections.   This approach marks a significant advance in liposuction technique.

Surgery is usually done on a day stay basis.  A compression garment is fitted after the procedure and this is worn for some 6 weeks to give firm support to the treated areas to minimise swelling.

Liposuction FAQ

What should I expect after surgery?

Most patients experience bruising, swelling and discomfort which lasts about a week.  After the surgery a garment is worn to provide support and pressure to the liposuctioned areas.  This garment is worn for 4-8 weeks after surgery.

Following surgery, patients normally rests for 24-72 hours.  Normal bathing activities can usually be resumed after 48 hours and return to work is possible at one week.  A gentle massage program may be commenced 10-14 days after surgery.

When can I return to normal activities?

Generally patients are able to return to work 5-7 days after surgery.  Gentle exercise can be resumed after approximately two weeks, however, vigorous exercise should be avoided for six weeks.

Is there anything I should do before surgery?

Avoid taking aspirin for two weeks before surgery.
It is advisable not to smoke for three weeks before and after surgery as this will delay the healing process.
It is advisable to come off oral contraceptive medication prior to liposuction surgery

Are there any risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there is a small risk of complications.  Surgery and anaesthesia are very safe and it is most unlikely you will experience any difficulty.  However, there are areas of potential problems you need to understand before proceeding with your surgery.  You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following Dr Drielsma’s instructions after surgery.

Areas of numbness may occur and usually disappear after some months, however, there may be permanent components of sensory change.

Bleeding, infection and seroma (collection of fluid ) are rare following liposuction

Minor contour irregularities such as rippling or dimpling are not uncommon following liposuction.  These resemble celluilite which is commonly present also prior to the procedure.  Liposuction is about contour improvement, not perfection and having realistic expectations is important in ultimate satisfaction.  The S.A.F.E. techniques minimise these irregularities.

Although rare, there is a risk of clotting in the veins of the legs.  This can be reduced by flexing your calves after surgery to maintain leg circulation and moving around as soon as possible.

An area of skin loss can occur and has been reported in literature.  Fortunately, this has been an rare occurrence.

Important points to remember before proceeding with surgery:

There can be no absolute guarantee with any surgery.  In the hands of even the most experienced surgeon, a secondary operation to correct a minor irregularity may be needed.

It often takes up to six to eight weeks before the benefits of the procedure are visible.  It usually takes 6 months to see the final result, so don’t lose heart if you can see no improvement for the first few weeks.

Should there be any questions regarding liposuction, be sure they are answered in advance by Dr Drielsma.  Well meaning friends are not a good source of information.  Find out everything before the operation – a well informed patient is a happy one.

The best candidates for cosmetic surgery are those who want to enhance or improve their appearance, not those who seek perfection.  You will be satisfied with the results of surgery if you have realistic expectations.  It is important that you make the decision to proceed with surgery for yourself, not anyone else.

The next step when considering cosmetic surgery is a consultation with Dr Drielsma.  You will be shown before and after photos and will be given the opportunity to discuss the procedure with previous patients.

The above information mentions only some of the benefits and complications of liposuction.  This information should not be regarded as a substitute for information and advice provided by Dr Drielsma during consultation.

Dr Robert Drielsma is a fully qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialising in Cosmetic Surgery and Reconstructive plastic surgery with over 20 years experience.

**Results may vary for individual to individual