Liposuction is a large and popular field. Hundreds of thousands of Americans get the surgery every year. Among these patients are a number of everyday, common people. However, there are also a fair number of celebrities who have undergone the procedure. Some of them don’t come as much of a surprise; most people aren’t too shocked when they hear rumors about the Spears sisters or Cher getting a liposuction (also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy).
However, some of the people on the list might come as a bit of a surprise. One of the biggest shockers might be actor Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as the Rock during his wrestling days). Johnson is well-known for his muscular, ripped physique, and he has starred in such movies as “The Scorpion King” and “Walking Tall.”
Unlike many celebrities who try to hide their cosmetic enhancements from the public, Johnson openly admits his surgery. In 2005, he underwent a lipoplasty of the chest in order to correct a case of pseudogynecomastia. Pseudogynecomastia is a condition in which excess fat builds up in the male breast, which can lead to puffy nipples or to a somewhat feminine appearance to the male breast.
Regarding his surgery, Dwayne Johnson said, “It was an aesthetic thing. I went in and showed the doctor, and he said, ‘Are you crazy?’ I was walking around with my shirt off all the time, so I had it done.”
The surgery that the Rock underwent is relatively common among men. Some sources estimate that nearly 50% of all men experience some amount of excessive fat buildup in their breasts. Even if these men don’t spend as much time walking shirtless around a wrestling ring as the Rock, many of them nonetheless find it embarassing. Some men with a more extreme case of pseudogynecomastia find that they avoid situations such as swimming, where they would have to take off their shirts.
Liposuction can sometimes help to correct this condition, although typically not iwth the sorts of results that the Rock enjoys! The surgery uses a hollow needle called a cannula to remove the fat through small incisions. The cannula is hooked up to a vacuum device and as it is moved back and forth through the fatty tissue of the breast, it breaks up and suctions out the unwanted fat.
The surgery can only remove fat, so in cases where the breast swelling is caused by the actual inflammation or development of the glandular tissue (“true gynecomastia”), lipoplasty cannot help.
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Christian Heftel is a staff writer at liposuctionguide.com