While the majority of tummy tuck recipients are women, some men are good candidates for the procedure as well. In addition to improving the toll that pregnancy can leave behind on the abdomen, a tummy tuck can also correct issues caused by weight loss, which affect men and women alike. Men might need a tummy tuck for the following reasons.
1. Excess, Loose Skin
When a person puts on excess weight, the skin expands to make room for the extra fat. This stretching weakens the skin and causes it to lose its natural elastic strength. Consequently, after weight loss, there may be loose skin in the abdominal area. After major weight loss, the skin may even hang in folds. A tummy tuck trims away the excess skin so that the skin lies flat and taut across the abdomen. This helps the midsection to appear trim and toned.
2. Stretch Marks on the Lower Abdomen
Stretched-out skin is typically lined with stretch marks. Stretch marks are essentially scars left by the stretching process, and they tend to be more prominent or lengthy when the skin is stretched too quickly (i.e., when the weight was gained quickly). With the removal of excess skin from the lower abdomen, a tummy tuck can remove many stretch marks to minimize the evidence of previous weight fluctuations and help the abdomen be more natural in tone.
3. Weak Stomach Muscles
Men can develop weakened stomach muscles when excess fat collects in the abdomen. These can contribute to a bloated appearance. Intense physical exercise can help tighten the core muscles, but in some cases, a little extra help may be needed to correct split or stretched stomach muscles. Muscle tightening during the tummy tuck procedure further defines the abdomen and helps it to appear firm and toned. A tummy tuck does not instantaneously produce a six-pack, but it tightens and tones the midsection so that it is no longer flabby but flat and firm.
4. Persistent Belly Fat
A lot of men develop stubborn belly fat, especially as they age. The accumulation of excess abdominal fat is especially common for men who have gained a lot of weight. The fat may build up beneath the abdominal muscles and line the intestines, increasing the risk of other health problems. This area of the body is one of the most difficult to tone, and this fat can be challenging to eliminate despite regular exercise. Consequently, most tummy tucks include liposuction to eliminate persistent belly fat and flatten the abdomen.
5. Self-Confidence and Body Image
Self-confidence and body image are tied to your perception of yourself. Men who are unhappy with their appearances can increase their self-confidence by taking measures to improve their image. A tummy tuck can significantly improve a man’s appearance in ways that exercise and dieting cannot. Undergoing this procedure can dramatically boost a man’s body image and self-confidence. These improvements brought about by tummy tuck surgery have the capacity to improve all aspects of a man’s life.
If you are dissatisfied with your midsection, a tummy tuck for men might be the best solution for you. Set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Christopher Patronella to learn your options for improvement and Dr. Patronella’s recommendations for you. Dr. Patronella is a nationally respected tummy tuck specialist who is renowned for his natural-looking results. To schedule your appointment, call (713) 799-9999 or fill out our online contact form today.