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Is Liposuction Different for Men and Women?



Liposuction is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure, partly fuelled by new advances in technology, but also fuelled by the increasing social acceptance of cosmetic surgery amongst both men and women. Accordingly, liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries, regardless of gender.

Even though women still constitute a majority in pretty much every London liposuction clinic, there certainly is a growing market and an ever-increasing demand for male liposuction. As this trend has been estimated and as interest in this procedure is continuously growing, people often wonder if liposuction is the same for men and women. So, let’s address the things that are the same and also take a look at the differences between female and male liposuction.

Procedurally, liposuction is the same regardless of the patient’s gender. The operation is done under local anesthesia, and it is performed using small, hollow tubes, also known as cannulas. The cannula is hooked up to a vacuum device and then inserted into the target area through a small incision in the skin. The surgeon then moves the cannula through the target area to break up and suck out the excess fat.

Nowadays, thanks to advanced technology, various techniques involve laser treatment of the target body area. Such methods include SmartLipo, ProLipo, CoolLipo, and LipoTherme. They have simplified the operation and made the recovery process faster. Yet, whether you are a man or a woman, visiting a London liposuction clinic and consulting with a qualified surgeon will give you the most accurate information regarding the different types of liposuction and which method will be the best for you.

Knowing that the liposuction procedure, regardless of the exact technique involved, is the same for men and women, let’s now take a look at the differences. First of all, male liposuction can be more complicated than females due to the different fat density. Women typically have more spongy fat tissue, which makes dislodging it a relatively more straightforward task on the surgeon’s part.

On the other hand, male fat is often more dense, fibrous, and adherent to the layer over the muscle. Male fat is also more resistant and harder to extract, and therefore its removal may not be as smooth. These factors make male liposuction more time and effort intense, which may sometimes even result in it being more costly, although the same techniques are used at the same London liposuction clinic.

Another main difference between male and female liposuction is the location. Because the male physiognomy is different from the female, the most commonly treated body areas vary between the genders. As women usually store excess fat around their thighs, hips, arms, and abdomen, these are also the most frequently treated areas amongst women.

On the other hand, men do not tend to carry excess fat on their thighs and hips, but often experience unwanted fat gain on their waists. Hence the flanks and the abdomen are popular liposuction sites amongst men. Although men do not typically store as much fat around their chest as women, it is significantly more embarrassing when it happens. Accordingly, liposuction is also reasonably standard in treating the male chest area. Other popular places where men frequently get liposuction include the chin, neck, and jowls.

Given that men and women undergo liposuction on different body areas, and given that surgical experience is so crucial, people considering liposuction may want to be careful to ensure that they find a London liposuction clinic and a surgeon who has sufficient experience in treating the area they want to be operated. Although liposuction techniques may be the same for men and women, the aesthetic for the male body is very different from the female aesthetic.

A liposuction clinic or a particular surgeon that has a lot of experience with female liposuction is not automatically the best prepared to perform a male liposuction, and vice versa. Talking in depth with potential surgeons and asking to see before and after pictures of the desired body area on patients of the respective gender may help you make a considered decision regarding the choice of a surgeon.