Men are increasingly comfortable having cosmetic procedures to improve their physique and confidence, and often have concerns about muscle or skin laxity in the abdomen, particularly after losing a large amount of weight. Men mostly have visceral fat in the abdominal region (as opposed to subcutaneous fat), which is located around the internal organs. This type of fat responds well to diet and exercise, but it’s also the kind of fat that comes with serious health risks, and it can weaken the abdominal muscles, too. The abdominoplasty, more commonly called a tummy tuck, can help with this. It’s designed to remove loose skin and fat, and tighten underlying muscle structures that have been affected by weight loss.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are non-smokers at a relatively healthy weight who struggle with loose skin or protruding abdominal muscles diet and exercise cannot correct. It is not a weight loss procedure, so realistic expectations are important.
During your consultation, board-certified plastic surgeonDr. Scott Greenberg will discuss with you how abdominoplasty will achieve your goals for a flatter abdomen. This will include your medical history, any concerns or questions you have, and your expectations. You’ll also learn the different techniques of a tummy tuck to best determine which may be most beneficial for your specific procedure.
Some patients may need only a mini-abdominoplasty to achieve successful outcomes. This involves tightening only the skin and muscle below the umbilicus and results in the smallest incision. A standard tummy tuck tightens skin and muscles both above and below the umbilicus, and you might benefit from the addition ofliposuction to improve the shape of your flanks. An extended tummy tuck tightens the abdomen and sides, and may reach as far as the love handles around the back.
Dr. Greenberg performs abdominoplasties in our accredited in-office surgery facility under general anesthesia, and we recommend an overnight stay for comfort, safety, and a positive start to your recovery.
The techniques of a tummy tuck don’t change much between male and female patients, but there are some considerations to be made. A less-curved incision is made above the pubic mound and care is taken not to cinch the waistline and flanks too much to avoid a feminine hourglass shape. The masculine shape of your belly button is also considered. Beneath the surface, excess fat is removed and muscles tightened to the abdominal wall if needed. Once the excess skin is removed, the incision is closed and your newly sculpted core is wrapped in a compression garment.
After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Some swelling and discomfort is expected in the days following your procedure, and the compression bandages should be worn for 3 weeks depending on your recovery progress. Oral medications and ice packs are recommended for pain management. Most patients return to work within 2 weeks and resume strenuous activities 4-6 weeks post-op.
After the initial swelling and bruising subside and the compression garment is removed, your new physique will be revealed. Your abs will be flatter, and with fat around them removed, they may appear more toned and obvious. Your skin will be smooth and tight, and if you’ve had liposuction, your sides will be slimmer. It may take a few months for your tissues to fully settle into the final outcome.
Take the First Step – Request A Consultation
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137