Tummy tucks for men are not as common as tummy tuck surgeries for women, but men are gaining in numbers over the last two to three years.
We used to routinely perform approximately 5% of tummy tucks for males and 95% for females, but we have noticed a real spike in tummy tucks for male patients. Today, we perform 10% of our tummy tucks for men because of the advances that we have made in the body contouring arena.
Tummy Tuck for Men Goals
Tummy tuck for men patient goals are quite different than their counter gender, women clients. To begin with, men expect a quick and easy recovery because they want to get back to work. As such, several medications are prescribed to allow our male clients to return to work expeditiously. Specifically, we utilize a long-acting numbing medication called Exparel during tummy tuck surgery, which helps eliminate severe pain from the abdomen over the first four days after surgery. Avoiding the peak of pain over the first few days results in the ability to expedite your recovery following cosmetic surgery.
In addition, men do not want anybody to know that they have had surgery, so they don’t want any surgical incision lines/marks to be exposed. As such, several modifications have been made to the tummy tuck procedure to accommodate tummy tuck clients’ expectations.
First, muscle plication is avoided since most men have stronger abdominal muscles that avoid stretching and thinning out, as observed in women. In addition, men don’t undergo pregnancy-induced changes, which lead to severe abdominal dilatation and muscle thinning secondary to a boost in estrogen and progesterone.
Skipping muscle plication is the most important factor in quick recovery. Whereas full tummy tucks performed in women will require 3 to 4 weeks of recovery, tummy tuck men patients can expect to return to routine daily activity by two weeks following surgery.
In addition, tummy tuck for men patients will have a low incision line that falls under their underwear so that it is not visible when they are topless. Since men are more likely to walk topless, for example, at the pool, etc., it is even more critical for their incision lines not to be visible.
This concern is also lending itself to using the minimal length of the abdominal incision line to complete their tummy tucks. Finally, SurgiSculpt surgeons specialize in creating “innie” belly buttons are critical to men’s clients who want to hide their surgical incisions and scars from others.
Finally, modifications made to the traditional tummy tuck allow our surgeons to eliminate excess skin over the lower abdomen and reduce loose skin above the belly button. All of this is achieved while maximally removing fat deposits to reveal your abdominal muscles, giving you a six-pack.
Tummy Tuck for Men: Summary
In summary, if you are a man and interested in abdominoplasty surgery, we urge you to complete an initial consultation. Following your comprehensive analysis and explanation of your recovery process, you can ask all of your questions to get reassurance that your expectations are realistic.
Suppose you are considering a tummy tuck and are a male. In that case, we urge you to consult with a SurgiSculpt surgeon so that they can teach you how to undergo a tummy tuck with minimal discomfort, quick recovery, and a natural and non-operated outcome.