On January 1, you promised yourself this was finally going to be the year you got the beach body of your dreams. You’ve put in your hours at the gym, doing cardio and strength training. You’re even supporting all that hard work by being smart about what you eat. * And while you’ve been impressing yourself with the results you’ve gained in some areas, there are still parts of your body that seem unresponsive to your efforts.
Now, the summer is almost here, and you’re still feeling self-conscious about taking off your shirt in the locker room or at the beach. Why haven’t your love handles or spare tire seemed to shrink, despite all those crunches you’ve done? And what are some ways men can improve their self-confidence and be proud of the muscle definition they’ve worked to achieve?
Contrary to popular belief, spot training exercises like crunches aren’t an effective way to lose body fat. ** If you’ve been consistently doing crunches for months, you may have built up washboard abs by now – the only problem is that they’re hiding under your stubborn belly fat. To reveal your muscles, you need to shed the layer of fat on top of them. However, fat loss isn’t as easy as it might sound to achieve on your own.
Understanding Your Body Fat
Fat serves two important biological purposes: storing a backup supply of energy and providing insulation. However, fat deposits can accumulate in specific trouble spots such as your belly, your legs and the sides of your torso. Many people – both men and women – are genetically predisposed to store pockets of body fat, and overcoming genetics can be a challenging hurdle.
Even if you are at or near your target weight, you may still have excess fat in unwanted areas. Men, especially, may struggle with the appearance of fat that is obscuring the muscles they’ve been trying to develop. If you find yourself nodding in agreement as you read this, you may be a good candidate for liposuction – a surgical procedure that removes troublesome deposits of body fat from targeted areas.
More Men Are Choosing Liposuction
While women discovered the benefits of liposuction decades ago, men are now increasingly discovering the merits of the procedure as well.
Here are some key benefits of liposuction for men:
- Removing stubborn fat deposits from the arms, legs, sides or buttocks
- Ability to target pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise
- Allowing a healthy man to more prominently display the physique he has worked hard to earn
- Helping motivate men who already work out to become even more physically fit
- Reducing the overall body fat percentage on a man’s frame by a small amount
- Improving the appearance of muscle definition in areas that are less developed
Liposuction and Male Self-Esteem
As you’ve seen, there are many benefits of liposuction for men, but perhaps the most vital is that the procedure has the potential to greatly enhance a man’s self-image and confidence. Though society puts less emphasis on male body insecurities, a 2016 study about body image reveals men and women are nearly neck and neck when it comes to having low self-esteem related to their appearance.
The designers of the study placed an anonymous online survey on NBCNews.com and Today.com, which garnered responses from 12,176 adult men and women living in the United States. The survey questions focused on body image, weight and physical appearance.
The results were eye-opening – they showed that 15 percent of men *** were “very to extremely dissatisfied” with their weight, compared with 20 percent of women. These similar numbers are proof that men feel just as self-conscious about their bodies as women do.
If you are struggling with low male self-esteem, you’re not alone. When it feels like you’ve tried everything under the sun to get that beach body, but haven’t seen the rewards you’ve hoped for, liposuction is one of the best ways men can improve their self-confidence.
Your Options for Liposuction
Many men who would be excellent candidates for liposuction feel hesitant to go through with the procedure because they have misgivings about the idea of changing their bodies through cosmetic surgery. However, innovations in surgical techniques have brought about many new options that have made the procedure less invasive.
Board-certified cosmetic surgeons, such as San Francisco-based Dr. Michael Kulick, offer options such as LipoSelection, which is an ultrasound technology that liquefies fat before it is removed from the body. LipoSelection is a superior alternative to older methods of liposuction, and can create smoother, tighter skin on virtually any area of your body while reducing recovery time and undesirable side effects.
If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of liposuction for men, contact Dr. Kulick today. We will happily answer any questions you have and determine ways our liposuction procedures can boost male self-esteem and help revolutionize your life.
* Source: Men’s Health, October 2017
** Source: Livestrong.com, September 2017
*** Source: ScienceDirect.com, 2016