Male Liposuction Specialist – Dr. David Pratt
Serving Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and Everett, WA Patients
It used to be that most conversations about cosmetic surgery centered on what women wanted. Today, men are also frequent visitors to cosmetic surgery offices, and there are several good reasons why. To begin with, men realize they too can benefit from looking younger and feeling better, with increased self-confidence. With so much attention given to male liposuction, men now have a better understanding of the procedures available, and they are taking advantages of their cosmetic surgery choices in greater numbers than ever before. In fact, according to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1.1 million men underwent cosmetic surgery procedures in 2006.
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Today’s business world serves up a daily dose of intense competition. It is not unusual for men entering their thirties to develop a significant bulge in the midsection, commonly referred to as “love handles”, Additionally, fat deposits often begin to develop in the abdominal and breast regions, often leading to restriction of one’s outdoor sporting activities because of embarrassment.
When a man begins to look older or less fit, he may be perceived as being less able to get the job done. Many men are ensuring their competitive edge with cosmetic surgery, particularly liposuction, which has literally transformed the body shaping process for men. Using very small incisions, areas of concern to men can be liposuctioned, with minimal scarring.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical technique for removing specific areas of unwanted fatty tissue. “Liposculpture” is actually more descriptive, since Dr. Pratt, a highly skilled Bellevue cosmetic surgeon, permanently changes the contour of the body with the procedure. A narrow tube (cannula) is inserted through tiny incisions and its attached suction device removes the fat.
What kinds of Liposuction are available for men?
Men and women have different needs when it comes to liposuction. Whereas women are mostly concerned with the arms, abdomen, hips, thighs and knees, men tend to have extra fat deposits in the chin, neck, breasts, abdomen, and so called ‘love handles’.
The neck area is usually suctioned through a tiny incision underneath the chin or behind the ear. The pad of fat found underneath the chin, along the jaw line and lower cheek, as well as the front of the neck can be thinned out if the overlying skin has adequate elasticity.
In the love handle region of the loin and abdomen, incisions are made in several discrete locations, allowing for a crisscross pattern of suctioning that provides a smoother finished look.
For men concerned about the loin and back areas, Power Assisted Liposuction is available to tackle the fibrous fat found here. This is also a treatment of choice for many plastic surgeons when assisting male patients with Gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts).
You can set the stage for good results in your own surgery. Choose the type of surgery you desire carefully, understand the side effects and risks, and take your time choosing a cosmetic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, because you deserve only the very best!
Is Liposuction painful?
Typically, our liposuction patients report minimal pain when “spot liposuction” is performed, with only small areas treated. More extensive liposuction procedures will be associated with increased discomfort, at least for the first few days. This pain is well controlled with oral pain medication and elevation of the legs if they have been treated. Learn more about our PainBuster Program. Nausea and vomiting can contribute significantly to postoperative discomfort; thus, Dr. Pratt will prescribe an anti-nausea “patch” prior to your surgery (Learn more about our No Nausea protocol.
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
Dr. Pratt most commonly uses Tumescent Liposuction, a technique in which a medicated solution is injected into fatty areas before the fat is removed. The fluid, a mixture of intravenous (saline) salt solution and epinephrine (a drug that contracts blood vessels) facilitates fat removal and reduces bleeding during the procedure, and bruising following surgery.
What is Power-Assisted Liposuction?
With Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL), one of the latest forms of Liposuction technology, the traditional Liposuction cannula is combined with an integrated power source that automatically moves the Liposuction cannula in and out in an oscillating-type motion.
Similar to an electric toothbrush, the PAL reduces the amount of movement the surgeon’s hand, wrist, and arm must make during the procedure. With PAL, it is thought that lessened surgeon fatigue during long procedures may lead to improved Liposculpture results.
Dr. David Pratt reserves this technique for extensive Liposuction procedures involving the treatment of several large areas
Will Liposuction help me lose weight?
The answer is Yes and No. Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure per se. Excess weight is best lost by diet and exercise. However, liposuction can often act as the “catalyst” or “kick start” to a better lifestyle. Often, patients will not be so self-conscious about going to the gym or participating in aerobic exercise groups.
Am I a good candidate for Liposuction?
The best candidates for liposuction are patients with problem areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of the body such as seen in the breast and abdominal regions of men. Liposuction can be used to thin out these problem areas and get them back into proportion with the rest of the body.
Other important considerations in evaluating a patient include:
- Firm, elastic skin
- Good overall physical and emotional health
- Realistic expectations
Age in itself is usually not a major consideration. But if you are older, you’ll probably have less elastic skin and may not see the same results as that of a younger person with tighter skin. If that is the case, additional procedures may be required to address the excess skin.
What can I expect during my consultation?
Once you and Dr. Pratt have had a chance to talk about what you are hoping to achieve with your liposuction surgery, he will examine your problem areas which you hope to improve and check for excess or stretch damaged skin.
Finally, you will talk about where Dr. Pratt plans to make the incisions and whether or not you will require removal of skin for optimal improvement.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Pratt you will find out what kinds of costs are involved and will be given a written price quote. Be sure to discuss your expectations openly and ask as many questions as you need to.
What does preparation for my Liposuction entail?
Prior to your liposuction surgery, you will attend your preoperative appointment with Dr. Pratt, at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. At that time, our staff will review your consent forms with you, answer any questions you might have, and the risks and benefits of liposuction surgery will be thoroughly reviewed.
You will be given your prescriptions to be filled prior to your surgery. You will be given a list of medications and supplements to avoid for two weeks before and after surgery.
If you are a smoker, you will be instructed to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to your liposuction. You should not smoke for at least two weeks following surgery.
What happens on the day of surgery?
You will receive your liposuction as an outpatient in our state-of-the-art facility in Kirkland or an area hospital outpatient surgery center. You will arrive approximately one hour prior to surgery.
At Pratt Plastic Surgicenter, our OR staff will make you comfortable and acquaint you with our preop area. Your own personal locker will be assigned to you. You will be given a luxurious robe to wear and Dr. Pratt will answer any last minute questions and make the preoperative markings on your body to guide him during the procedure.
The anesthesiologist will answer any questions you have regarding your anesthesia. General anesthesia is generally used, although a local anesthetic can often be used for small areas or facial liposuction.
The duration of the procedure depends largely on the number of areas that require treatment, but usually the procedure will last between two and four hours.
Following surgery, you will recover in quiet, serene postoperative recovery room. You will be given pain medication as needed, and any nausea will be aggressive treated with IV medications.
When you have fully recovered from your anesthesia, you will be offered a soft drink and crackers prior to your discharge home. An overnight stay is not typically required.
Does Liposuction last forever?
Since liposuction results in a permanent change in the distribution of your body fat, your new contour will be with you for the rest of your life. Whether you gain or lose weight, your basic shape will remain the same. However, it is important to follow a good diet and exercise plan following liposuction.
How long is the recovery period?
This largely depends on how extensive an area that is to be treated. Small, isolated areas can be liposuctioned with minimal down time, i.e. a day or two.
Larger treatment areas may require a longer recuperation. If circumferential thighs (all the way around) have been suctioned, elevation of the legs above the heart is advised until the majority of swelling has resolved.
Following Liposuction surgery, you will wear a custom-fitted elastic garment and/or compression stockings for approximately four weeks in order to control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours.
Following liposuction of the male breast, a special compression jacket is worn for at least four weeks in order to help reduce the postoperative swelling and define your final result. For liposuction in the male abdominal region, an abdominal binder will be worn for about four weeks.
Will my Liposuction surgery cause my skin to dimple or have indentations?
Visible irregularities following liposuction are unusual in a patient who is a good candidate, when the procedure is carried out by an experienced surgeon. Sometimes, irregularities are a result of excess skin with poor elasticity.
What alternatives exist to Liposuction?
Liposuction is elective surgery. If it’s not for you, consider your options for diet and exercise to reduce the accumulation of fat in your trouble spots. If excess, sagging skin accompanies unwanted fat deposits, you may be a candidate for a lipectomy which entails removing both fat and skin.
When done in the abdominal area this would fall under the category of tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck. In the arms removal of fat and skin is call brachioplasty and is often combined with other body contouring procedures such as lower body lift or medial thigh lift, particularly in patients who have had previous weight loss surgery or have lost weight by dieting.
Why should I consider Dr. David Pratt to perform my Male Liposuction surgery?
Dr. Pratt is widely recognized as a world-class, board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience in the field of male cosmetic surgery, including liposuction of the abdomen and enlarged breasts. In addition, he is considered a top facelift, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty, mommy makeover and breast augmentation specialist.
His dramatic, yet natural-appearing surgical results certainly speak for themselves. Dr. Pratt and his staff are passionate about cosmetic surgery, compassionate, and dedicated to patient education.
Dr. Pratt’s utmost concern is the comfort and safety of each and every patient. Our modern Seattle area offices offer a warm and friendly feeling, as well as the most recent advances and sophisticated technology available today.
I am interested, what do I do next?
Seeking reliable answers to your questions about male liposuction surgery? Schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. David Pratt to find out if you are a good candidate for one or more of these procedures.
Dr. Pratt’s office serves the greater Seattle area, including Bellevue, Everett, Kirkland and Tacoma, with office hours that suit your busy lifestyle. Go ahead and live your dreams!