Liposuction for men
Lipodystrophy is the medical term for abnormal fatty tissue formation. In men, lipodystrophy is found on the upper body half, such as abdomen and “love handles”.
Enhance silhouette and body shape
What can and can’t do
It should be clearly understood that liposuction is not an alternative to a diet, but it is designed to redefined body contour. The ideal candidate will have a healthy weight with well-localised fatty excess, not likely to be eliminated via calorie-reduced diets or exercise. For better results, Dr Mario F. Bernier will prefer to use ultrasound assisted liposuction on men, because the fat is more fibrous.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction consists in liquefying or emulsifying fat deposits by using a cannula that transmits ultrasound waves from its tip. Upon contact with these waves, fat cells are turned into oil. The liquefied fat will then be suctioned off under low pressure. Compared with SAL, UAL has been clinically proven to remove significantly larger amounts of fat, lower risks of skin irregularities. Some studies suggest a 30 to 50% reduction in blood loss compared to the conventional method.
The skin's capacity to shrink after liposuction varies from person to person. That is why the surgeon sometimes deems it necessary to limit fat extraction, so that excessive accumulation of loose skin will not occur.
On the other hand, it is quite normal to have some loose skin following the procedure. For the skin to hug the natural body contours once again, the patient must wear a compression garment between 2 to 4 weeks.
A perfectionist's dream comes true
For several years now, ultrasound has been commonly used in the medical profession. It is used in ophthalmology for cataract surgery, in neurosurgery for brain tumour resection, and in general surgery for hepatic tumor resection. In 1988, Dr. Michele Zocchi, a famous Italian plastic surgeon, extended the scope of this technology by developing ultrasonic liposuction. Since then, several devices have been developed, tested and improved. Dr. Bernier was the first Canadian plastic surgeon to perform liposuction in 1997 by using this instrument. He is convinced of the many advantages of this technology.
In November 1998, Dr. Michele Zocchi associated himself with Dr. Mario F. Bernier to conduct a training seminar on ultrasonic liposuction. The surgery involving ultrasonic liposuction was performed at Dr. Bernier's Clinic for a live transmission before a group of about one hundred plastic surgeons gathered in a downtown Montreal hotel.