Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) for men involves all the same steps as the procedure for women, but men often have very different goals for this type of procedure than women do, so they require a specific approach. At my Orange County, California plastic surgery offices, I treat a number of male patients each year with treatments ranging from BOTOX® Cosmetic to liposuction, rhinoplasty, and surgery for the ears or the eyelids. Each of these procedures requires specific approaches for men, not only because men often have different reasons for undergoing plastic surgery, but also because the sense of balance for male features is entirely different from the aesthetic “ideal” for female features.
Where most women are concerned with balancing and softening their natural curves, male abdominoplasty patients typically want to accomplish two things:
- Eliminate the “gut” that the loose abdominal muscles allow to hang out
- Create a more toned, chiseled look that compliments a more muscular frame
Typically, belly flab is just loose fat above the abdominal muscles, but in some cases the abdominal muscles themselves have overstretched, becoming permanently loose and allowing the organs to press forward out of the small area where they would normally be contained.
When the muscles tear or overstretch this way, exercise cannot tighten them effectively or completely, so many men will choose to have a plastic surgeon stitch the muscles back where they belong. In an Irvine tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon simply tightens loose muscle strands with a line of stitched down the center of the abdomen and removes excess skin and fat from above the muscles, before closing and bandaging the incision site.
Important Differences for Men:
The basic abdominoplasty procedure involves the same steps for women as for men, but the surgeon needs to adjust these steps in order to create a result that accomplishes what men want it to:
- The upper abdomen is typically more of a concern. While women often undergo Irvine tummy tuck procedures to restore a smaller, firmer waist, men generally want to flatten and firm their upper as well as their lower abdomen. Men tend to develop excess flab above the belt line, so they will often need to remove fat from the fibrous area between the pectorals and the belly button, in addition to the typical lower-belly areas.
- Liposuction often plays a bigger role. While women will typically pair abdominoplasty with breast enhancement or liposuction of the lower body, men often focus much more on delineating muscle tone by eliminating excess fat in the pectoral muscles, abs, and back.
What to Look For in a Surgeon:
When you meet with your surgeon, you want to know that he or she can get great results for the male body, specifically. Find out:
- Whether they offer multiple liposuction options
- How many procedures they have performed for men, specifically
- Whether they can show before-and-after photos of male tummy tuck procedures