Abdominoplasty in male cosmetic plastic surgery patients
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tucks for men, is a procedure that is often performed on women, and most of my blogs have talked about female cosmetic plastic surgery patients having these procedures.
Tummy tucks can also be performed on males, and though the number of male cosmetic plastic surgery patients who need an abdominoplasty is significantly less than female patients, there is no substitution for this surgical procedure when it’s necessary.
Tummy tucks for men
Reasons for a male to have an abdominoplasty differ from abdominoplasty in female cosmetic patients.
Typically females will have abdominoplasty for:
- Excess loose skin
- Excess fat
- Separation and weakness of abdominal muscles
Males obviously do not have the sequelae of pregnancy to deal with and so do not have the separation of abdominal muscles that is a major reason for female abdominoplasty. They can, however, have extra fat and skin looseness.
Significant weight loss is the main reason for male tummy tucks.
Surgery techniques for abdominoplasty in men
Techniques for abdominoplasty in general include:
- Excision of extra skin in the abdomen
- Liposuction of fat from the abdomen, flanks and love handles
- Suturing of abdominal rectus muscles
In male tummy tucks, liposuction and the excision of skin between the umbilicus, belly button, and pubic areas is performed in the same way as in female abdominoplasty.
The main difference is in the type of abdominal rectus muscle plication performed.
For female patients, I tighten the abdominal muscles in a diamond shape to bring the waist line in to a pre-pregnancy form and emphasize a small waist.
When men have tummy tucks, the idea is to tighten the muscles, if necessary, into a V shape, not to give them a small waist. This tightening of muscles is performed in a vertical manner.
The recovery from an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck for men tends to be less difficult than for women because less tightening of the abdominal muscles is required. Men are typically able to resume work after 7-10 days.
Still, the great majority of men looking for improvement in their abdominal contour and tummy shape will benefit from just a liposuction, without any removal of extra skin or a tummy tuck. Many male tummy tuck patients also benefit from liposuction of the chest to reduce gynecomastia.