|Updated: 4/11/2007 4:46 pm
||Published: 4/11/2007 4:46 pm
Because men tend to have thicker, more elastic skin and firmer deposits of fat than women, liposuction can be especially effective. While the methods are generally the same, operations performed on men may use a larger cannula (KAN-yuh-luh) to remove their typically greater amounts of fat. The most common areas on which men request liposuction are the abdomen; the sides of the waist, also known as 'love handles;' the underside of the chin; and the breasts. The abdomen may be reduced with liposuction alone if the skin tone is good and only moderate amounts of fat are present. The procedure can also improve the resistant pockets of fat around the waist called love handles. The chin can be treated with liposuction in younger men when excess fat is the cause, not sagging skin. Still, another area that can be re-shaped is the breast. In some men, a condition called gynecomastia (guy-neh-co-MAST-ee-ah) occurs in which the breasts are larger than normal. If the problem is caused by fatty tissue and not glandular tissue, the fat can be suctioned away through a tiny incision made under the arm or in the dark border around the nipple called the areola (air-ee-OH-la).