Small Volume Male Liposuction & Liposculpture in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs performs small volume liposuction and liposculpture in Melbourne, Victoria.

Liposuction is a popular fat-removal procedure. It removes small quantities of fat from almost any body part that is resistant to diet and exercise

In recent years, more and more men have been seeking cosmetic procedures, especially liposuction, to help reshape their body contour that can’t be altered with diet and exercise.

In men, liposuction can help shape the body, increasing the visibility of muscle definition (that’s already there), and alter body proportions.

Dr Patrick Briggs is an experienced plastic surgeon in Melbourne, Australia, and has many years of experience in fat removal surgery. He customises every procedure to meet the needs of his patients.

About Liposuction – Avoid Large-Volume Liposuction

Most plastic surgeons believe liposuction should be used to remove small amounts of excess fat to help alter your body shape. 

Liposuction is NOT a Weight loss Procedure

Please Note that Liposuction is NOT a weight loss procedure and performing large volume liposuction can causes many problems. A potential candidate for Liposuction is near their healthy weight range (BMI < 30).

Please Send In Your Photos before a Consult with Dr Briggs

Liposuction is NOT for everyone, some people may want excess skin removal or another procedure altogether.

NOTE – Before booking an appointment we ask you to send in your photos to ensure you are a suitable candidate for Liposuction.

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What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction removes excess, stubborn fat from different body areas of both men and women.

It involves making tiny incisions and using a small tube (liposuction cannula) to suck out fat from targeted areas. Liposuction is a way to alter the body contours with a lower risk of complications (compared to other more extensive procedures) in the right patient. 

Nevertheless, keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight loss solution. Instead, it’s a procedure that helps you eliminate fat that doesn’t respond to consistent diet and exercise efforts.  

Can Men Get Liposuction?

Men often get liposuction to shape different body parts and alter their body proportions.

Although the procedure is essentially the same in both males and females, the details of male liposuction may be slightly different than that of liposuction for women.

For example, most women get liposuction to slim and tone different body parts. The most commonly treated areas with liposuction in women are the abdomen, hips, and thighs. And the removed fat can be transferred to the face, breasts, or buttocks to add more volume.

On the other hand, liposuction in men commonly targets the arms, neck, chest, abs, and flank area.

Nonetheless, Dr Briggs can perform liposuction on almost any body part, including under the chin and along the jawline.

Candidates for Male Liposuction?

Men looking for a fat removal surgery in Australia can consider liposuction if they meet the following criteria: 

  • You have fat deposits you can’t lose with diet and exercise alone. 
  • You’re near or at your ideal weight. 
  • You have good skin elasticity (men with significant skin laxity may require additional skin tightening procedures).
  • You’re in good health and don’t have unresolved medical concerns that may prevent you from getting liposuction, such as an allergy to anesthesia or a blood clotting disorder. 

Although liposuction can remove fat, it doesn’t address loose skin. If you have poor skin elasticity and only get liposuction, your skin may become even more lax after fat removal. Therefore, if your skin has lost elasticity, you may consider a procedure that tightens loose skin, such as a male abdominoplasty.     

During your consultation, Dr Briggs will thoroughly examine your skin and areas of concern before recommending the procedure that may give you the expected results.

What Happens During Male Liposuction?

The steps of male liposuction are similar to those of liposuction in women. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete but might take longer (1-3 hours) for larger areas. 

Dr Briggs will perform the following steps during a men’s liposuction surgery:

  • First, he injects the targeted areas with a numbing solution that prevents pain, reduces bleeding, and protects the tissue from damage.
  • Next, he carefully makes very small incisions and inserts a thin, hollow suction tube (cannula) attached to a vacuum through those incisions.
  • Then, he moves the cannula strategically back and forth to dislodge the excess fat.
  • After, he sucks out a calculated amount of fat from the targeted areas and gives them more definition. That will help make the muscles underneath more prominent.
  • Finally, your incisions are closed using fine sutures or adhesive tape, depending on the size of the incision.

You’ll be fitted into a compression garment and transferred into a recovery room until the anesthesia wears off. Most men can return home to recover the same day. Patients who get more extensive fat removal may need to stay at the hospital overnight. 

What To Expect During Recovery From Male Liposuction?

Male liposuction recovery time may vary from one patient to another, depending on the targeted area, the amount of fat removed, and the body’s unique healing ability and pain threshold. 

Below is a general idea of what you can expect during your recovery from the procedure:

  • You’ll need to wear a compression garment after surgery. It helps reduce swelling and prevent seromas (fluid buildup under the skin).
    • Compression garments help your skin retract into its new form and avoid lumpiness or contour irregularities after male liposuction.
  • You will experience swelling, bruising, and soreness that begin to resolve one week after liposuction. 
    • Most of the swelling and bruising should subside within 2-3 weeks.
  • You may feel numbness around the treated areas for several days. That’s completely normal and eventually resolves on its own. 
  • Most men can return to work and do everyday activities around a week after liposuction.
  • You can resume your exercise routines and strenuous activities 2-3 weeks after men’s lipo.
  • Residual swelling can last 3-6 months, sometimes longer, before resolving completely.
    • During that time, the treated areas may appear larger than they actually are. 

You’ll notice a difference in your body shape and contours immediately after liposuction. However, you’ll need to wait until the swelling completely subsides to see the final result.

Dr Briggs will provide comprehensive post-operative and wound care instructions to encourage a smooth recovery from male fat removal surgery.

What Are The Risks Of Male Liposuction?

As with any other surgery, male liposuction has possible complications, including:

  • Wound infection (especially with poor post-op wound care)
  • Seromas (swelling caused by fluid buildup under the skin)
  • Hematomas (a bruise-like swelling caused by blood pooling under the skin)
  • A permanent feeling of numbness in the skin (caused by nerve damage)
  • Fat embolism (a piece of fat can break off, travel into a blood vessel, and block it)
  • Internal organ injury (caused by the suction cannula – this is extremely rare)
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Reaction to anesthesia

It’s worth mentioning that the risks of liposuction for men are the same as for women. Dr Briggs uses current liposuction techniques and takes all necessary precautions to avoid complications from male liposuction surgery.

For more information visit our Risks and Complications page.

What Is The Cost Of Male Liposuction Near Me?

There is no set price for male liposuction surgery in Australia. Several factors may affect how much you’ll need to pay, including:

  • Pre-surgery lab tests fee (may be covered by medical insurance)
  • The surgeon’s fee (differs from one surgeon to another)
  • Anesthesia fee (depends on the type of anesthesia and length of procedure)
  • Hospital and surgical facility fees (can also vary depending on the procedure’s duration and whether you spend a night at the hospital)
  • Post-surgery garment fees (compression garments)
  • The extent of fat removal
  • Whether you combine your liposuction with other procedures, such as a male abdominoplasty
  • The amount of aftercare you’ll need

In most cases, Australian Medicare and private health insurance don’t cover the costs of liposuction procedures since it is considered purely cosmetic and not medically necessary.

After your consultation, Dr Briggs will provide a comprehensive estimate of how much your male liposuction procedure will cost.


FAQs about Male Lipo

In which areas can men have Liposuction?

  • Men can get liposuction for practically any body part with excess fat deposits.
  • The most popular body areas for male liposuction are the neck, chest, belly, and flanks.
  • Men can also get fat removal with liposuction for the face, arms, thighs, buttocks, and calves.  

Are male liposuction results permanent?

  • The fat removed with liposuction doesn’t grow back – liposuction permanently eliminates fat cells.
  • That means your men’s liposuction results should be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy, stable weight.
  • If you gain considerable weight after liposuction, your body will most likely redistribute the excess fat between body parts that didn’t undergo fat removal.

Can men lose weight with liposuction?

  • It’s important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss tool.
  • Instead, it targets resistant areas of fat that diet and exercise alone cannot remove.

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Furthermore, he is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 9 AM – 5 PM on Weekdays.

Phone (03) 8849 1400 Or Email us.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1400.

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is essential (as of the 1st July 2023).
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.


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