Surgical Options

classically “masculine” physique is often characterized by a strong, defined upper torso with minimal fat distribution to the lower body.

If you’re a transgender man or non-binary transmasculine individual, it can be difficult to change your body size and shape through diet and exercise alone. As a result, many patients consider upper and lower body liposuction to be a necessary and transformative step in their journey towards physical and mental well-being.

Benefits and Risks of Liposuction

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can be used to target unwanted fat from various regions of the body. Many transgender patients choose liposuction to downsize the feminine curvature of their waist and hips. It’s also frequently used to slim and contour traditionally “feminine” lower body weight around the thighs and buttocks.

Liposuction is a versatile procedure with a variety of benefits including:

  • Safe, effective fat removal
  • Potential reduction in cellulite
  • More sculpted contours
  • Boost in self-esteem and body confidence
  • Long-lasting results

Generally speaking, liposuction is considered very safe. However, all surgical procedures carry potential risks that should be carefully considered. Choosing a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mosser is the best way to ensure a successful outcome with liposuction.

Temporary side effects may include mild-to-moderate discomfort, bruising and swelling. Though rare, more serious complications may include infection, fluid build-up, nerve damage or blood clots. Prior to undergoing surgery, Dr. Mosser will discuss these risks with you in-depth.

Upper and Lower Body Liposuction: What Areas Can Be Treated

Many of our patients desire to have liposuction in several different body areas. Some of the most commonly treated regions include:

  • Flanks
  • Inner & outer thighs (saddlebag area)
  • Upper body, chest and back
  • Buttocks

For buttock liposuction, it’s important to know that we take a conservative approach to this procedure to reduce the risk of loose or droopy skin following surgery. As a general rule, the best candidates for liposuction are healthy, physically fit and have realistic expectations.

The Liposuction Procedure

In most cases, liposuction is a very straightforward procedure. Most patients only require mild sedation combined with local anesthesia (rather than being placed under general anesthesia). Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Mosser will initiate surgery by making very small, strategically placed incisions near the target treatment areas.

Through these incisions, he will insert a cannula (a small suctioning tool attached to a vacuum). Using gentle back and forth motions, Dr. Mosser will break-up fat deposits and suction them away. Surgery is generally completed in 1-2 hours, but the actual length of your procedure will depend on the regions being treated.

Recovering from Upper and Lower Body Liposuction

For most patients, the recovery process is easily tolerated. General discomfort, bruising and localized discomfort are common during the first several days. Post-surgical swelling may be present for a few weeks, depending on your body’s natural healing response.

It’s recommended that all liposuction patients spend the first couple of days resting and recuperating in bed, with limited physical activity. Once you’re feeling up to it, you can gradually begin to resume light physical activity. Assuming your job is relatively sedentary, you’ll be able to resume work within a week. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a month until your body is almost fully recovered.