Board-certified surgeon, Dr. Steven Wallach is known for his expertise in liposuction without general anesthesia to remove unwanted fat from specific body areas. Males typically experience excess fat in the neck, chest, abdomen, flanks, and love handles. Learn more about liposuction for men in New York City.
Local anesthesia is a safer alternative to general anesthesia because of fewer associated risks. Side effects of general anesthesia can include nausea, vomiting, sore throat, and a higher risk of allergic reactions, blood clots, and breathing problems.
Liposuction with local anesthesia also tends to have a shorter recovery time than general anesthesia. Since the patient is awake during the liposuction procedure, the patient can communicate with the surgeon, by providing feedback on their procedure as it is performed. Since male skin is thicker and is encased in fibrous tissue, it can be slightly more difficult to remove. Since the skin is thicker, it can also adjust to your new contours better.
Ideal candidates for male liposuction with local anesthesia include those in good health and within a reasonable weight range. Many of these patients notice that certain areas of their body are unresponsive to their weight loss efforts. No matter what diet changes or exercise routines they utilize, the excess stubborn fat sticks around. Patients for liposuction must have realistic expectations about the procedure’s results. Liposuction is not an alternative for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction is through an in-depth consultation with Dr. Wallach.
Before your procedure, your treatment areas will be cleaned, and markups may be made to guide your surgeon. Dr. Wallach will start your surgery by carefully making small incisions in your targeted treatment areas. Dr. Wallach will then administer the local anesthesia and tumescent fluid. This process involves injecting a solution of the local anesthetic known as lidocaine, and a medication that constricts blood vessels called epinephrine. The treatment solution is more diluted than traditional use of local anesthesia, allowing for a larger area to be covered while minimizing any side effects. The lidocaine will numb the treatment area, while epinephrine works on reducing bleeding and bruising.
A thin hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions. The cannula is then guided around the treatment area to break up the fat cells. A suctioning device attached to the cannula removes the broken-down fat cells.
The duration of your liposuction treatment depends on your treatment goals and how many areas you are addressing. Normal liposuction procedures take between 1-3 hours.
After your surgery, you will be given detailed aftercare instructions to aid in your healing and recovery process. You will be instructed to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to reduce swelling and promote healing.
Once you are fully healed and your swelling has subsided, you can notice a significant improvement in your body contours. It is important to implement a healthy diet and exercise routine after your liposuction treatment to maintain your liposuction results.