Is male liposuction right for you? NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Preminger delivers the lowdown.

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Male liposuction in New York

Though liposuction has traditionally been the domain of women who have had difficulty sculpting the abs, thighs and hips, in recent years the fat-extracting procedure has skyrocketed in popularity amongst men looking to enhance body parts that have proved frustratingly resistant to diet and exercise.

Whether you’re tired of flabby love handles, or sick of needing loose clothing to hide drooping man boobs, lipo for men can give you the slim, well-defined physique you’re after. Dr. Preminger’s patients proudly report a huge boost in confidence in both their professional and personal lives when they are finally able to wear fitted shirts and go shirtless in summer.

Discouraged by the fact that even intense gym regimens fail to make a dent in conspicuous fatty deposits in the midsection? Though liposuction is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise, it can help you finally achieve the workout results you’re aiming for.

Quick Facts

Procedure Length

1-4 hours (depending on extent of procedure)


General or Intravenous Sedation; Local for small volume

IN/OUT Patient

Usually outpatient


Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, contour irregularities


Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain


Back at work in 5-7 days
Resume light exercise at 2 weeks
Resume strenuous activity at 6 weeks
8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve


Can be permanent if diet and exercise are maintained

Dr. Preminger can remove fat deposits from these common trouble areas:

  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist (love handles)
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Chest area (men who have gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts)
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

Preparing for laser liposuction for men in Manhattan

Muscular male torsoDr. Preminger will conduct your one-on-one male liposuction consultation in her private Manhattan cosmetic surgery office suite. At this first meeting, you’ll have a frank discussion about your goals and what the procedure can and cannot do.

Dr. Preminger will review your medical history, including any prescription meds, previous surgeries or procedures, or any current or pre-existing medical conditions you may have that may affect the procedure itself or your recovery.

As with any surgical procedure, liposuction is not without risks such as bruising, infection, asymmetries, and slow wound healing. If the skin is not elastic enough, some rippling may require a secondary procedure.

Unfortunately, liposuction cannot help cellulite, nor is it indicated for men who have loose or sagging skin. The ideal candidate for male cosmetic surgery is someone who is in good overall shape, is a non-smoker (smokers are slow healers because of the restricted oxygen flow to the tissues), and whose skin tone is fairly firm and elastic.


Liposuction can be performed under general or local anesthesia, or intravenous sedation. Dr. Preminger will guide your anesthesia choice.

Dr. Preminger will start the procedure by making several small incisions in the area to be treated. Since the incisions are small, the procedure leaves little or no trace after it’s done.

The doctor will insert a small hollow tube into the incision called a cannula to dislodge and break up the fat deposits. She will then insert a small surgical vacuum to suction out the dislodged fat. The procedure can take anywhere from one to three hours depending on the extent of the liposuction.

"If you’ve been diligent about keeping in shape, but still have problem body areas where you retain excess fat, liposuction can help."

- B. Aviva Preminger, MD


If Dr. Preminger uses local anesthesia, you’ll be able to go home right after the procedure. If general anesthesia or sedation is used, you’ll relax in a comfortable recovery area until you awake. You’ll be wearing some compression garments or elastic bandages to control any swelling and help the contouring process. You may also have some small drainage tubes taped into place, which will be removed in a couple of days.

compression garments or elastic bandages to control any swelling and help the contouring process. You may also have some small drainage tubes taped into place, which will be removed in a couple of days.

Long-lasting results from lipo

One of the beauties of male liposuction is that the outcome of your procedure will be obvious immediately after surgery and even more dramatic once the temporary swelling subsides in a few weeks. It may be a total of 8-12 weeks for the swelling to subside completely, but by then, your transformation will be complete.

You can expect the results of your liposuction to last indefinitely. However, if you gain weight, you may notice some asymmetry or unevenly distributed weight in the treated areas.

Male liposuction in NYC

If your diet and exercise regimen is not yielding the results you hoped for, you may be a candidate for male liposuction. To discuss this or other male cosmetic surgery procedures, please call Dr. Preminger’s New York office at 212.706.1900 to schedule a private consultation.

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