For many males, maintaining an attractive abdomen is easier said than done. Even after following strict diet and exercise regimens, men are often left with results that are less than satisfactory. To noticeably improve their midsection and achieve a flatter stomach, tummy tuck surgery is typically desired. Also known as “abdominoplasty,” this cosmetic procedure can give men the toned midsection that was previously unattainable.
A tummy tuck can effectively improve the following conditions in the abdominal area:
- Loose or hanging skin
- Stretch marks on the lower abdomen
- Weak abdominal muscles
- Excess fat
Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty is an individualized procedure that patients should undergo for themselves, not to fulfill the desires of others. Ideally, candidates for tummy tuck surgery are:
- In good overall health
- At a stable weight
- Realistic about the outcome
- Self-conscious about the appearance of their abdomen
Tummy Tuck Procedure
There are typically three parts to the abdominoplasty procedure:
Anesthesia: To make the patient as comfortable as possible, general anesthesia will be administered before the surgery begins.
Surgery: Incisions will be placed under and/or above the belly button, depending on the regions of the abdomen that need to be addressed (during a personalized consultation, patients will be informed about the specific areas that will be targeted). The underlying muscles are tightened, and excess fat and skin are removed.
Closing Incisions: The incisions are closed using a combination of sutures and adhesive bandages.
Although some pain and discomfort will be apparent after abdominoplasty, medication will be prescribed to alleviate these symptoms. A specialized compression garment and drains will be applied to the abdominal area to reduce swelling and remove any excess fluids for the first few days. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to make sure the recovery process is going accordingly.
Due to swelling and bruising, the results of tummy tuck surgery will not be immediate. However, over the coming weeks, patients will see a noticeably flatter and more defined midsection. Long-lasting results can be maintained with a healthy lifestyle, and men can feel satisfied about their abdominal area for many years to come.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your midsection, we encourage you to contact the practice of Dr. Christopher Patronella today. Feel free to call (713) 799-9999 or fill out our online contact form to get started. Dr. Patronella is a tummy tuck specialist who is respected nationwide for his ability to help men attain the results they desire.