Tummy tuck surgery offers patients a way to achieve the abdominal tone they want. For many, it is a second chance to trim and slim the area, while strengthening the muscles and improving the overall appearance of the dreaded mid-section. Weight gain, aging, and other factors can get in the way of the toned look you want, but a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can correct much of this damage. Today, more and more male patients are discovering the benefits of tummy tuck surgery firsthand.
Male Interest in Tummy Tuck Surgery
Plastic surgery clinics across the U.S. have been noticing a significant rise among male patients requesting abdominoplasty surgery. In general, men are taking more interest in plastic surgery, including facelifts, liposuction, and other top procedures. Men who seek out the tummy tuck procedure often do so as a result of aging and fluctuations in weight. While it’s not a solution to achieving those coveted six-pack abs, a tummy tuck surgery gives men a second chance to look slim and svelte again.
Male Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Any adult patient with concerns about the tone of his or her abdomen can be considered a candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Most patients are in good physical condition but have stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin around their abdomen, conditions that cannot be reversed with diet and exercise. To be eligible, you should also be in good overall health, be a nonsmoker, and have a realistic expectation for your results. A plastic surgeon can help you to decide if tummy tuck surgery is the best way to achieve the results you desire and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.
During a consultation with your plastic surgeon, your abdomen will be examined and analyzed to determine the amount of fat cells and the degree of loosened skin. You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, past surgeries, current lifestyle habits, and any concerns you have for the surgical process. Not all men, or women, are considered good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. In some cases, liposuction or another procedure may be more appropriate, so be open-minded when you consult with your plastic surgeon.
Preparing for Male Tummy Tuck Surgery
As male patients prepare for tummy tuck surgery, it’s important to consider the recovery process and put off all important plans, physical activities, and other commitments until you are fully healed. Prep yourself by telling your family and close friends about your surgery and how they can help you. Plan for your time away from work, as you will likely need to miss about two weeks or more. Take care of any necessary chores, errands, or projects ahead of time and set up a comfortable recovery space for your post-operative rest. Your plastic surgeon will give you a list of pre-operative steps to follow so be sure to use this as a clear guide for your preparations.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
While you consider the tummy tuck procedure to tone and sculpt your own abdomen, it can help to have a better understanding of the procedure and what’s expected. Tummy tuck surgery can be customized to suit the individual patient’s needs, typically lasting between two and five hours to complete under general anesthesia. The procedure usually begins with two incisions made across the hipbones near the pubic bone and then around the navel. Your surgeon will then separate the skin from the abdominal muscles, which are then tightened with sutures to create a firmer abdomen. Liposuction can be used at this stage to remove any excess fat deposits and improve the contour of the abdomen. The skin will then be stretched down, the excess trimmed away, and the navel reattached where it would sit normally. The incisions are then closed and wrapped in sterile surgical dressings to support the healing process.
Plan a Male Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
To be prepared for a successful tummy tuck surgery and recovery, it’s essential to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to get the information you need. Contact the office of Dr. Douglas S. Steinbrech, a plastic surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, to book your consultation today. He will be happy to walk you through what you should expect from a tummy tuck procedure or any other surgery that might address your areas of concern. A specialist in Minimally Invasive Aesthetics, he incorporates this philosophy into all of his surgical and nonsurgical procedures, aiming to get you the best results possible. Dr. Steinbrech has been selected by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons. Contact his office, located at 60 East 56th Street, Suite 3A, in New York City, by calling (212) 750-0070.