Can Men Have Tummy Tucks?
Sacramento tummy tuck surgeon Donald Hause fields many questions from tummy tuck candidates, and some of them come up multiple times. One of the most common tummy tuck-related questions Dr. Hause receives is: Can men have tummy tucks?
The short answer is yes — men can certainly enjoy the benefits of tummy tuck!
Here, Dr. Hause explains more about men and tummy tuck surgery.
Male Candidates for Tummy Tuck
Most men seeking tummy tuck have lost a tremendous amount of weight, either through bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise. Weight loss is good for the overall shape of the body, but it can leave behind loose, saggy skin that pools in the lower abdomen. Also, men that have gained and lost a lot of weight may have weakened or separated abdominal muscles (a condition called rectus diastasis) that require surgical repair. And, although a man’s overall shape may be smaller, he may not have the abdominal definition that he desires. Tummy tuck corrects all of the above concerns; it will remove loose, saggy skin, tighten the remaining skin, repair the abdominal muscles and adds greater definition to the abdomen.
Generally, tummy tuck is suitable for men that:
- Are physically healthy
- Are at — or close to — their ideal weight (i.e., do not plan to gain/lose a significant amount of weight after surgery)
- Do not smoke
- Do not have any medical conditions that could increase the surgical risks
- Understand the procedure and the possible outcomes
- Have reasonable expectations of surgery
More about the Tummy Tuck Procedure
The tummy tuck operation is typically performed on an outpatient basis at a hospital or surgical center. Dr. Hause will make the surgical incisions on the abdomen; the length of the incision depends on the extent of correction necessary. Dr. Hause is careful to place the incision low enough on the abdomen that any scarring will be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit.
Through the incisions, Dr. Hause will tighten the abdominal tissues and muscles. He will remove surplus skin and tighten the remaining skin over the abdomen. Dr. Hause may relocate the navel higher on the abdomen, in some cases.
Male tummy tuck patients are released from the surgical facility after the operation, and can recover at home. There is swelling, bruising and mild discomfort after surgery, but these side effects are only temporary. Patients will have initially have limited range of motion, and should avoid bending, lifting, straining and other vigorous movements.
While results can be seen right after surgery, they will improve as the swelling subsides.