The high value that society places on looking fit and youthful is something that both sexes face. Men, as well as women, may find that their abdominal area makes them self-conscious, especially if they are concerned with having “love handles,” a “pot belly,” or a “spare tire.” When diet and exercise fail to produce the desired abdominal muscles, male abdominoplasty, or male tummy tuck, can help. A safe and effective surgical procedure, male tummy tuck slims a protruding belly by removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. Here is a brief overview of the procedure.
Benefits of the Tummy Tuck for Men
A man's abdominal muscles may weaken for one of several reasons, including frequent or dramatic weight fluctuation, and aging. As the body ages, fat naturally redistributes itself to the abdominal region. In some cases, exercise and dietary measures do not produce the desired tightening and toning effect many men are seeking. Tummy tuck surgery improves the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the musculature. This procedure is safe and highly successful in creating a flatter abdominal area, as well as boosting confidence and self-image.
Variations on the Male Tummy Tuck Procedure
Typically an outpatient procedure, a traditional tummy tuck is performed using general or local anesthesia and sedation. The plastic surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdomen, extending from hip to hip. Excess fat and tissue are removed through liposuction, and the musculature is tightened. A second incision is made to reposition the belly button. Remaining skin is stretched to create a firmer, tighter abdomen. The traditional surgery takes between two to five hours, approximately.
A partial, or mini male tummy tuck will remove less skin and leave the belly button intact. The scar from the surgical incision is smaller, and recovery time is shorter compared to a traditional procedure. The partial abdominoplasty procedure takes one to two hours to complete.
Should a patient require an extended tummy tuck, the surgeon makes a surgical incision that extends around the flanks. The treatment area expands to include the upper hips and “love handles.
An endoscopic tummy tuck employs the use of a small camera device, inserted through tiny incisions, that transmits the images to a video screen to help the surgeon perform the procedure. The surgeon does not remove any skin, and the surgery is overall less invasive than other tummy tuck types.
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The Cost of Male Abdominoplasty
The cost of abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck surgery) for men varies. Full tummy tuck prices can range from about $6,000 to $10,000. A “mini” male abdominoplasty will generally cost less, while an extended male tummy tuck can cost more. Additional charges will cover:
- facility or operating room fees
- lab or test fees
- follow-up care
Find a Surgeon Experienced in Male Tummy Tuck Procedures
For more information on male abdominoplasty and to determine what type of tummy tuck procedure is right for you, use DocShop to arrange a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon in your area. The abdominoplasty procedure can produce a flatter, tighter, more aesthetically appealing midsection for many men.