It is critical when doing liposuction on men to have a vision of what will make that man look the most handsome. Unfortunately, sometimes men and women simply want to remove “as much fat as possible.” This is never a good idea, especially in men. For instance, if the love handles have too much liposuction it will feminize the man’s waist. Just look at a picture of Michaelangelo’s Statue of David to see that a bit of “love handle”—even if it is comprised of fat and not obliques—is critical for a man to look right. While a woman’s thighs must be wider than her waist, it is essential that a man’s thighs be narrower than his waist.
In 1998, Dr. Teitelbaum was the first surgeon in Southern California to have an ultrasonic liposuction machine. This type of liposuction can be more effective at removing the more fibrous type of fat found in men. Today, he uses ultrasonic liposuction on men with denser fat deposits, and supplements it with power-assisted liposuction as well as other techniques to sculpt the best possible body.
The most common areas for male liposuction are the neck, chest, and love handles. Many men have double chins or even slightly fat necks that simply do not seem to belong with their otherwise well-conditioned bodies. This fat deposit can obscure the outline of the jawbone, making the patient look older and less athletic. Chest liposuction is very common and there is an entire section devoted to this issue, which is called gynecomastia. Love handles are the third most common area for which male plastic surgery patients seek liposuction. Some men are incredibly fit, yet their love handles bulge too much and give even thin men a “muffin top.” Liposuction in that area is very frequently done with other plastic surgery procedures on men, such as neck lifts or gynecomastia surgery.
Liposuction of the abdomen is also a very common area for liposuction. While some convexity is desirable in the lower abdomen of a woman, a man should be as flat as possible in that area.
It is very uncommon for man to want liposuction of his legs, but occasionally there are men with excess fat in their outer thighs. This can be very distressing to men because the hourglass shape formed when thighs are wider than the waist is characteristically feminine. Aggressive liposuction on the outer thighs to narrow this area can dramatically improve the appearance of these men.