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Cosmetic surgery has often been viewed as an area of medicine reserved mostly for women. However, according to the Telegraph, the number of cosmetic procedures performed on men in Britain rose by 16% in 2013 – and liposuction was far and away the fastest-growing procedure.

Here at Institute for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Otis Allen understands the desire of some men to undergo liposuction in order to attain the toned body they want. Some men just struggle losing weight, and that’s where liposuction can provide a great benefit.

However, you need to know a few things about liposuction before you talk to any plastic surgeon about the procedure.

It’s not an overall weight-loss method
While liposuction can suck fat away from certain areas of your body, it’s not an instant weight-loss solution. If your goal is to lose weight, but you can get rid of fat around your stomach or hips, then liposuction is a great choice to compliment your existing diet and exercise schedule.

What are the risks?
While it’s an incredibly popular procedure, liposuction still presents risks about which you need to be aware. The May Clinic lists the following as common risks associated with liposuction:

• Contour irregularities. Your skin may appear bumper, wavy, or even withered If there’s uneven fat removal or unusual healing.
• Numbness
• Infection
• Fat embolism

While liposuction does present a few risks, it’s still a great option for men who are trying to get back in shape but can’t shed stubborn fat from certain areas of their body. If you think you’re a candidate for liposuction, call us today at 309.827.3881 to schedule a consultation.