Men are increasingly focusing on their health and appearance, often striving for an ideal body shape: trim and athletic, with a broad chest and shoulders, a V-shaped torso, and flat abdomen. However, aging, hormone and metabolism changes, and hectic work/home environments contribute to fat accumulation along the abdomen, flanks (love handles), breasts (gynecomastia), and chin and neck. When weight loss, diet, and exercise have failed to resolve these fat deposits, male body contouring may be an option.
A variety of body contouring procedures are available for men, with the following benefits:
- Removing fat deposits from the flanks (love handles), waist, abdomen, chest, and neck
- Flattening a bulging abdomen
- Removing excess skin after weight loss
Because men are different from women, a “one size fits all” approach to body contouring must not be taken, as a feminized result may occur. Dr. Steele fully understands the anatomic differences between the sexes and will customize your surgery to deliver a masculine silhouette after surgery. Options include the following:
Male Tummy Tuck
Time off work may vary from a few days to 2 weeks. Normal household activities and light walking are usually resumed within the first week. Cardio exercises can be resumed at 3-4 weeks, while extensive weight training can be resumed around 6-8 weeks after surgery. You should expect bruising and swelling. The bruising resolves by 2 weeks, while the swelling can take up to 3-6 months for complete resolution.
Can I have body contouring if I am overweight?
What's the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?
- Removes some fat from the midsection
- Removes excess, loose/stretched-out skin
- Tightens the abdominal muscles, which helps flatten the abdomen when viewed from the side and helps narrow the waist when viewed from the front.
- Redistributes the skin from the upper abdomen to the lower abdomen. This tightens the skin and helps thin the fat layer of the abdomen as well.
A tummy tuck will reverse the changes of aging and weight loss, while liposuction is useful for removing fat from isolated areas. In order to get a good result with liposuction, the patient should be close to an ideal weight and have good skin tone. If liposuction is performed in an area without good skin tone (lots of stretch marks), the patient will very likely be left with loose skin that does not contract or shrink down.