Sculpt Specific Body AREAS


Liposuction in Men and Women

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Due to the varying fat density in males and females, the need and effects of liposuction are different. The following list categorizes the most treated body areas of each gender.

  • Female Body Areas Most Treated by Liposuction:
      • Abdomen
      • Breasts
      • Thighs (inner, outer, & anterior)
      • Upper Arms
      • Hips
      • Face & Neck
      • Back
      • Buttocks
      • Knees
      • Waist
  • Male Body Areas Most Treated by Liposuction:
      • Abdomen
      • Flanks
      • Breasts
      • Face & Neck
      • Under Chin

Body Areas for Liposuction

Combining the above data for both  genders, the most treated body areas include:

  • Abdomen: Tummy liposuction is the most pursued procedure in both men and women. The abdomen too easily gains stubborn fat. Usually, the lower abdomen stores more fat than the upper part and is easier to treat. Previous pregnancy, Caesarian operation, unhealthy eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, and genetics are the commonest causes of abdominal bulge. Age, gender, weight  gain and loss trends, location and amount of fat, and pregnancies (in case of women) determine the stomach liposuction plan.


  •  Thighs: Fat deposits in thighs usually occur in the inner, outer, and anterior region.  Of these, the outer thighs suffer mainly from genetically allocated stubborn fat pockets. Excessively heavy thighs may lead to distorted gait, rubbing of inner thighs, and unsymmetrical body. Usually, full and both  the thighs need contouring (circumferential liposuction) to achieve a  desirable and symmetrical shape, respectively. However, thigh liposuction  should be broken into two or three sessions, depending upon the amount of  fat to be removed and the person’s health. For example, the inner thighs can be treated in the first surgery, outer thighs in the second, and the anterior ones in the third. The minimum gap between the surgeries should be 1 month. If the entire thigh is treated at once, then the healing takes longer. In addition, the possibility of excessive liposuction is quite high in one session treatment. Consequently, the risk of associated complications also increases. For example, skin irregularity like dimpling & lumpiness, injury to lymphatic vessels,  excessive swelling, and pain in the legs and feet are possible, resulting in a delayed recovery.


  • Arms: Women often seek arm liposuction. Conducted best by the tumescent technique, the plastic surgery of arms yields the best results. The upper arm gains the most fat, which often leads to hanging skin. The front of the armpit and the back are the other key areas of concern. Distorted arm shape due to uneven fat distribution is also treated with lipo. Like thighs, the aesthetic surgical challenge here is extracting an equal amount of fat from both the arms to achieve symmetry.


  • Back: Generally,  women go for the liposuction of shoulders and upper back due to fat accumulation under the arms, lower back, and around the bra line, i.e. the fat above and below the bra strap. The back has more skin and less fat and, therefore, patients with at least some extra fat are suitable candidates. Tumescent liposuction is quite effective here.


  • Breasts:
    • Female Breasts: Breast liposuction in women is needed mainly due to large breast size and sag. The discomforts of heavy breasts are pain in shoulder, neck and back; headache; and distorted shape, resulting in  embarrassment. Treated well by the tumescent technique, breast liposuction contours, reduces weight and lifts the breast. Breast reduction procedure  is especially useful for women of mature age, including those who are  postmenopausal.
    • Male Breasts: Males develop large breasts primarily due to hormonal  changes, heredity, obesity, diet, exercise, drugs, excess alcohol, or  tumor. Medically known as gynecomastia, there is a serious condition where fibrous glandular breast tissues develop in excess. Medical  treatments other than liposuction cure them. Another condition of large breasts in males, called pseudo- gynecomastia, is due to excessive fat tissues. Liposuction effectively treats this condition.


  • Buttocks: Females usually have a tendency to accumulate the most stubborn fat in their back, which includes their hips and upper thighs. Tumescent liposuction offers an effective solution to them. The results include decreased and shaped curves. Finally, the two buttocks should look as symmetrical as possible, which is quite a challenge due to their round shape. Buttock contouring also runs the risk of excessive liposuction, resulting in pain when bending or sitting, asymmetry, lump, or sag. Therefore, buttock  liposuction is usually divided into more than one session.


  • Face: Fat gain on the face is usually genetic and is quite stubborn. Despite a slender body, a person can have a heavy face. People who are particular about their facial features (such as double chin, chubby cheeks, jaw lines, and loose skin) go for liposuction of the face. Liposculpture offers better solutions than face lift surgery.


  • Neck: Neck liposuction is more common among men. It is often combined with  face or chin liposuction.


  • Flanks and Waist: Flanks are the love handles of males. The fat deposition usually occurs along the belt line, on the sides, and back. Thick waist or muffin top is the equivalent of love handles in females. Fat deposits in the waist occur under the bra line, side, and back. Flanks liposuction helps achieve symmetry of abdomen, back, and waist. Flank and waist liposuction is often performed with that of back.


  • Legs and Ankles: Liposuction of legs and ankles is usually performed on females. The fat in the legs is genetically determined. Some women develop distorted shapes. The treatment requires care, as the legs do not have an even distribution of fat and consequently, there is a risk of injury to the veins. The vein damage may lead to swelling of feet and ankles, which may take time to heal. Walking after the surgery helps minimize the swelling.

Liposuction can be performed on almost all the body areas. Consult a minimum of two surgeons before going ahead with the surgery. Finally, looks should not be improved at the cost of health.