Tummy Tuck for Men
Like many men, you probably work hard to be healthy by eating a good diet and exercising regularly. As many men age, they find it more and more difficult to achieve their ideal body shape – particularly in the areas of the stomach and abdomen. Even avid marathon runners develop fat deposits as they age, simply because our bodies store fat differently as we get older.
Our plastic surgeons believe a tummy tuck, or lipoabdominoplasty, is the best way to address the combination of excess fat and skin in your abdominal and lower abdominal areas. The name lipoabdominoplasty comes from a combination of abdominoplasty (the removal and tightening of excess skin of the abdomen) and liposuction. A tummy tuck is not intended as a method of weight loss, but is instead designed to reduce fat deposits that remain stubbornly in place despite a healthy diet and exercise.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Before you schedule your procedure, you will first meet with one of our doctors to discuss your concerns and goals and to ask any questions you have. They will help you determine if a tummy tuck is necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals, or if liposuction alone will be sufficient.
If you decide that a tummy tuck is right choice for you, your surgery will be scheduled. During your surgery, our doctors will first remove the excess fat from your abdomen and love handles using tumescent liposuction (liposuction using numbing fluid injected into your fat deposits). After liposuction, our doctors will contour and tighten your upper and lower abdomen.
Candidates for Tummy Tucks for Men
Not every man is a candidate for a tummy tuck. In particular, severely overweight men or inactive men whose bodies would respond to exercise and diet should not rely on surgery to achieve what they can achieve through a healthy lifestyle. However, many men find diet and exercise ineffective in reducing fat in some parts of the abdomen, and other men may be candidates for a tummy tuck due to excess skin.
Good candidates for tummy tucks may include men who have:
- Excess skin resulting from bariatric surgery
- Excess skin due to weight loss
- Stubborn fat deposits that are unresponsive to diet and exercise
- Awkwardly placed excess fat and skin in the abdomen
Preparation for Surgery
Although anyone undergoing plastic surgery should quit smoking at least three weeks beforehand, this is particularly important for a more invasive procedure such as a tummy tuck. Smoking restricts blood flow throughout the body, making it more difficult for your body to heal. You should quit smoking as soon as you decide to have plastic surgery in order to avoid complications and setbacks during your recovery period.
Please learn more about tummy tucks for men by contacting our practice today.