Tummy tucks are most often requested by female patients, as the abdominoplasty can reverse the unwanted loose belly that pregnancy leaves behind. The truth is, however, tummy tucks aren’t just for women. This abdominal plastic surgery can benefit men as well. It is important to understand what a tummy tuck is intended for and what it can accomplish so that you can be certain you are a good candidate as a male patient.
When it comes to tummy tucks, the selection process for male patients can be very different compared to women. Since pregnancy is not a consideration for men, there must be a need to flatten the abdominal wall without both excess fat and skin. In other words, you can’t have a “beer belly” and expect a tummy tuck to give you an instant “six-pack” of abs.
Most men that qualify for abdominoplasty have recently lost a great deal of weight. In weight loss, the fat in the abdomen is reduced and thus gives room for the surgeon to take back the unwanted bulge. Tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall as well as skin tightening/skin removal is part of this procedure. If a man has a full belly of fat, it would be like trying to perform a tummy tuck on a woman in her ninth month of pregnancy.
The Male Abdominoplasty
The scars of a tummy tuck procedure in male patients can be horizontal and underneath the waistline so that they are hidden by underwear or a bathing suit. A more comprehensive 360-degree skin tightening can also be considered for men since they tend to have loose skin in the flanks and back as well. In such cases, liposuction can be combined with your abdominoplasty.
Men should be prepared for some downtime after their surgery, which means avoiding the gym or other strenuous activity until the incision has healed. You may be asked to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks to facilitate better healing and results. It may take up to six months before you see the full effect of your tummy tuck. If you are a healthy, non-smoker, you can expect an easier and faster recovery time.
Are you a man considering a tummy tuck? Let us explain the procedure further and help you get a realistic idea of what you can expect from this top plastic surgery procedure. Call Hillcrest Plastic Surgery in Orlando today.