Guys Can have Tummy Tucks, Too!
- Posted on: Dec 15 2019
Modern society has a way of placing a youthful appearance and attractive physique on a proverbial pedestal. The standards of appearance are something that we try to both live by and resist. For those in a competitive field or with a high standard of personal excellence, this can be particularly challenging. When appearance conflicts with self-image, it is beneficial to take action. One way that many people do this is with plastic surgery.
Of the many plastic surgery procedures, the tummy tuck is quite popular. It is one of the crucial aspects of the ever-popular Mommy Makeover. This should give you a clue as to why so many men who could benefit from a tummy tuck don’t even recognize it as an option. The misconception that abdominoplasty is only for women has existed for quite some time. However, for the man who has lost a fair amount of weight, this procedure can be profoundly beneficial.
Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Men who are interested in improving the appearance of their midsection should consult with a plastic surgeon. A consultation visit includes both discussion and an examination of the abdomen to analyze how much fat and loose skin are present. The performance of this examination helps determine if abdominoplasty can help at all and also if the tummy tuck would achieve more if combined with liposuction to remove small pockets of fat.
Abdominoplasty is appropriate in most situations. Where it may not help is when large fatty deposits exist in the intra-abdominal area, beneath the abdominal muscles, and near the intestines. Fatty tissue here can only be eliminated with diet and exercise or with weight loss (bariatric) surgery.
Abdominoplasty Options for Men
Men who are good candidates for abdominoplasty have options that are recommended based on the findings of their consultation. Common tummy tuck techniques include:
- Mini tuck. This technique focuses on the area beneath the belly button, down to the hip line. A mini tuck tightens loose skin only. No muscle tightening occurs.
- Standard tuck. A standard tummy tuck is performed through a horizontal incision above the pubic line. The surgeon may remove fatty tissue to create smoothness. Loose abdominal muscles are also stitched together for tightness. Excess muscle and skin are trimmed.
- Extended tuck. The most comprehensive tightening procedure, this technique corrects the abdomen and also the flanks. The belly button may also be repositioned for the most natural appearance.