Liposuction for Men

Minimally-invasive fat removal and male breast reductions in Nashville & Memphis

Liposuction and Body Contouring for Men

Male and female fat can behave very differently. Our liposuction for men procedure takes this into account, combining tumescent liposuction with the latest in laser and radio frequency technology in a single, minimally-invasive procedure that removes stubborn fat and tightens the skin. NEW: Now with optional PRO-NOX Pain management for added comfort.

Liposuction for men is available in Tennessee at NuBody Concepts in Nashville and Memphis. Each fully-equipped plastic surgery center is led by a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.


Each patient is unique. What your treatment will look like is determined by you and the plastic surgeon who you will meet with in a personal consultation.



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Frequently Asked Questions

When we refer to “traditional liposuction,” we mean earlier forms of liposuction when it first became popular. It used manual force using a longer cannula to remove the fat. The procedure we use today, by contrast, uses the gentle power of water to liquefy and flush out the fat, combined with a round of laser energy to sculpt and tighten the skin. This is easier on the body, resulting in less trauma and bruising, and only requires local anesthesia as needed. Also see our Liposuction for Men page.

Liposuction is one of the most effective ways to remove fat without full-on surgery (i.e. tummy tuck). It’s minimally-invasive, meaning the surgeon inserts a thin cannula under the skin to extract the fat, leaving practically no scars, and the recovery is just 1-2 days (vs. several weeks for a tummy tuck). It’s a one-time procedure that requires no repeat treatments (like some non-invasive fat removal options such as CoolSculpting).

We offer radio frequency assisted lipolysis (RFAL) to supplement your liposuction procedure for additional skin tightening results. It is a newer form of liposuction that uses radio frequency energy to contract fat cells and tighten the skin. It is an add-on to our liposuction that can achieve up to 35%- 45% skin contraction.

Liposuction is not a weight loss program. The goal is to remove fat cells, not to lose weight, and candidates should be within 30 lbs of their target weight. Liposuction results are best measured in a waistline or pant size reduction. If you are interested in weight loss, learn about the Orbera Gastric Balloon.

CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells so that your body can subsequently flush them out naturally (meaning through your bodily functions). It’s a non-invasive procedure that requires several repeat treatments to be effective. Liposuction, by contrast, is a one-time procedure that eliminates the fat all at once. Compared to fat removal with CoolSculpting, liposuction achieves much more visible results.

Liposuction requires the insertion of a tiny cannula under your skin, through which the water is flushed through the tissue to break down the fat cells. To insert this cannula, your plastic surgeon makes several incisions in your skin. These incisions are very small and generally do not require stitches (though some surgeons may place sutures as needed). They are highly unlikely to leave any scars.

We generally advise patients to wait 1-2 weeks before resuming strenuous exercise. However, you’ll be able to return to your day-to-day activities as tolerated the day after the procedure.

The movement of the cannula under your skin can cause slight discomfort. Depending on your needs and preference, pain relief can be provided anywhere from light to heavy sedation, or no sedation at all. We also offer the patient-administered PRO-NOX pain management system as an optional add-on to liposuction procedures.

Bruising and swelling are typical side effect of liposuction. How much of it you experience in the days after your procedure depends on your body. Our customized procedure typically causes only minor bruising and swelling, because the use of water instead of physical force keeps any disruption of tissue to a minimum.

No. Your liposuction at NuBody Concepts is done while you are awake and comfortable. Any discomfort will be alleviated with local anesthesia and IV sedation as needed. Your recovery is typically fast, allowing you to resume most day to day activities within 24 hours.

Yes. Liposuction does not interfere with your future ability to have children. Also, the fat that is removed with liposuction will not come back to the treated area(s) even if you become pregnant.

There are two key differences:

a) Men and women often have different types of fat. Men tend to more often have so-called visceral fat, which lies under the muscle and cannot be removed with liposuction. Which type of fat you have is easily determined by the plastic surgeon in your personal consultation.

b) Liposuction is an excellent procedure for male breast reductions, especially when radio frequency assisted liposuction is added on. You may not need a surgical reduction with a longer recovery, if your fat can be removed and your skin tightened with liposuction. Again, what works best for you is easily determined in a personal consultation.


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Types of Male Liposuction

Liposuction for men and gynecomastia treatments vary in availability and technique. Different methods are utilized depending on the shape of the body, the fat deposit locations, and the desired results of each patient. Prior to your surgery, you can schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss all of your options.

Below are a few techniques that may be offered:

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction: Ultrasound or ultrasonic lipo uses a small tube (cannula) that is energized via ultrasound. This often melts the fat away on contact. The vibrations break down the walls of the fat cells and emulsify the fat, which makes it easier to suction out. This method is great for fibrous areas (such as the back or male breast) or areas that have been treated with lipo before.

Tumescent Liposuction: Tumescent liposuction utilizes a combination of saline solution with local anesthesia (lidocaine) and a vessel-constrictor (epinephrine) to prepare the targeted area for suction. These three solutions are pumped just below the skin. The fat is then suctioned out through small suction tubes. Tumescent is one of the most popular lipo techniques.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction: Laser lipo is similar to tumescent and ultrasonic lipo. This procedure uses tumescent fluid and a small tube to deliver laser energy through a small incision to emulsify the fat underneath the skin. Laser lipo (aka SmartLipo) is less invasive and causes less trauma than many other traditional liposuction methods.

Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL): Similar to ultrasonic and laser liposuction, RFAL applies targeted heat to underling tissues to coagulate or shrink the skin. Also known as skin tightening, this lipo technique is often combined with tumescent liposuction to enhance results. It works particularly well for the treatment of male breasts.

Is There a Difference Between Male and Female Liposuction?

Although there is a slight difference between male and female liposuction, the procedures themselves rarely differ. The greatest difference between the cosmetic procedure for each gender lies in which areas are treated.

For men, the most common areas treated are the love handles, lower abdomen, and the upper arms. In some cases, men may receive liposuction during a breast reduction procedure when being treated for gynecomastia. It is also not uncommon for some men to target the neck, thighs, chest, and chin.

While the procedure itself is the same no matter who is being treated, there is a difference between males and females regarding the fat itself. Men have a higher occurrence of so-called visceral fat, which cannot easily be removed with liposuction alone. Females tend to have higher amounts of subcutaneous fat, which is easily targeted with liposuction. It is important to let your plastic surgeon determine if your fat is visceral or subcutaneous before selecting liposuction.

Again, the procedures themselves do not change based on gender. The anatomy of the patient will be the main consideration during operation. The recovery times, risks, and benefits are unchanged.

Candidates for Male Liposuction

The best candidates for a male liposuction procedure are those who are in reasonably good shape but may have stubborn areas of fat that have not responded to traditional weight loss methods via diet and exercise. Liposuction surgery seeks to resolve areas where fat has localized, leaving patients to experience low self-esteem due to a disproportionate appearance. These areas can be spot-treated to help patients achieve the best physique and aesthetic appearance possible with liposuction surgery.