The Male Tummy Tuck – Is a Tummy Tuck Suitable for Men?

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Guys, have you been feeling left out? The world of cosmetic procedures is usually female-dominated, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t enjoy a better figure and an improved look as well. Qazi Cosmetic Clinic offers male tummy tuck procedures for candidates who would benefit from losing a few inches off their belt line.

Is a Tummy Tuck for Men Effective?

Male patients often choose to get a tummy tuck because they want to correct the appearance of a belly. The male tummy tuck procedure is one of the most effective treatments for loose skin, unwanted fat, separated abdominal muscles, and a bloated appearance. A single procedure can transform your body and take you down a few pant sizes.

The fact of the matter is that eating right and exercising don’t always work as well as you’d like for unwanted pounds. Belly fat in particular is especially stubborn. Because weight loss is so complex, many men have turned to tried-and-true surgical methods to achieve their ideal body. Is it cheating? Nope! Think of a tummy tuck like a #lifehack to get the most out of your life, without grinding away at ineffective exercises. 

Why Is the Male Tummy Tuck a Popular Procedure?

When you read about tummy tucks, blogs will often aim the procedure at women. The blog will highlight the benefits of getting an hourglass figure and losing weight after pregnancy. Men are not able to get pregnant, but a lot of new dads experience their own weight gain after the baby comes. Dads don’t have as much time as they used to cook healthy meals and hit the gym, so it’s normal to develop a “dad bod.” 

The male tummy tuck is popular for many of the same reasons that the female tummy tuck is popular. Like their female counterparts, men might choose to get a tummy tuck because: 

  • The fat won’t go away with diet and exercise
  • They want their clothes to fit right again
  • Men want to look their best before entering or reentering the dating scene
  • Dads also want to get their bodies back after the stress of raising kids
  • For men who have always been large, a tummy tuck may finally be the answer
  • A tummy tuck can address loose skin, which often occurs when someone loses a lot of weight on their own
  • A well-done tummy tuck leaves very little scarring, so no one will ever guess that you had the procedure
  • Some co-conditions have weight loss as a side effect; men frequently want to lose their weight as part of their recovery
  • It is normal for the body to change over time; most men gain weight as they age, so a tummy tuck for men can be a way of reclaiming their youth to look younger
  • If your frame is not built to carry some extra weight, it can be hard on your joints to carry that big belly around

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    How Is a Tummy Tuck for Men Different from a Standard Tummy Tuck?

    For men and women, the procedure of a tummy tuck is normally very similar if not nearly identical. Women are usually smaller than men, so a tummy tuck on a woman may remove less skin and excess fat. When a man gets a tummy tuck, the medical team will trim away the excess loose skin, take out the extra fat, and hide the incision between the hips on the beltline. 

    Compared to the type of tummy tuck that female patients get, there are 2 major differences between a male tummy tuck and a female tummy tuck: how the abdominal muscles are tightened and the option for abdominal etching.

    Abdominal Muscle Tightening

    One aspect of a tummy tuck is that the surgical team goes in and tightens the abdominal muscles if needed. When the muscles in the abdominal wall become separated, it is a condition known as rectus diastasis. This condition occurs more often in women because it can be caused by pregnancy and giving birth. In men, rectus diastasis is usually caused by improper form when exercising and chronic bad form.

    After postpartum women, middle-aged men who are overweight and were former athletes have the next highest prevalence of rectus diastasis. If you are a man who has abdominal pain, difficulty lifting items, a pooch, and a jelly-feeling belly, then it is possible that you have rectus diastasis. Because this condition is more common in pregnant women, it can be under-diagnosed in men.

    Because of the different ways that men and women get rectus diastasis, there are different ways for it to be fixed during a tummy tuck. For a lot of men, rectus diastasis can be fixed through physical therapy alone, so the procedure might not always be necessary. In men, the abdominal wall is usually separated in a different way than it is with women, so surgeons have to pay special attention to the muscle thickness in order to maintain core stability

    Abdominal Etching During a Tummy Tuck

    Whereas women might have a boob job or a BBL done at the same time as their tummy tuck, men also have the option of combining procedures for a complete transformation. Whether you grew up on Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, idolize Hugh Jackman’s ultra-ripped Wolverine, or want your own Baywatch-level body, abdominal etching may be the key to getting it.

    The stars might make it look easy, but getting a chiseled six-pack requires a lot of dedication, free time, and the right nutrition. For most people with day jobs, it isn’t possible to spend 4 hours a day in the gym. 

    Abdominal etching is a procedure in which the medical team uses strategic liposuction to shape a realistic-looking six-pack on almost anyone. Of course, you will need to keep your weight down and continue your gym routine, but abdominal etching can be a game changer for men who want a muscular, masculine physique.

    Many men in Orange County opt to combine their tummy tuck with an abdominal etching procedure. After the loose skin and fat is carved away, the medical team can go in and form realistic-looking abs using your body’s existing skin, fat, and muscle. 

    Is it cheating? Nope, it is working smarter, not harder to achieve the peak male form. Think of it this way: women get BBLs, breast implants, fillers, and more to look as feminine as they want to be. It is about time that men can utilize procedures to become the best version of themselves.

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    What Happens During a Male Tummy Tuck Procedure?

    Part 1: The Consultation

    If you have started considering a tummy tuck, the first step is to have a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. Dr. Nadir Qazi is always happy to have new male patients who want to find a new way to achieve their goals. While Qazi Cosmetic Clinic is a medspa and Dr. Qazi is not a surgeon himself, he works with a team of experienced cosmetic surgeons to expertly perform procedures for his patients. 

    When you have a consultation, Dr. Qazi and his team will help determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. To get a tummy tuck, men need to have enough belly fat and loose skin to justify the procedure. However, men that are too large may not be good candidates for a tummy tuck. You will also need to be in good physical health, be able to take time off work to recover, and not be a lifelong smoker. 

    During and after the consultation, you will receive information regarding how to prepare. Most men are told to stop smoking and drinking, quit taking certain medications and supplements, and to get time off work. After the procedure, you will not be able to drive or move very well, so you should find someone to play nurse and take care of you for the first 72 hours.

    Part 2: The Procedure

    The details might seem a little gorey, but most male patients like to know exactly how their procedure will go. 

    When you get a tummy tuck, you will be put under with general anesthesia. For the duration of the procedure, an anesthesiologist will monitor your vitals and adjust accordingly. 

    Once you are out, the surgical team will clean the treatment area and make the incisions. For men with mild to moderate loose skin and belly fat, the surgeon will only need to make one incision, which runs from hip to hip. This incision is placed in that region both for access to the body and so that you can easily hide it under swim trunks.

    Men with more significant sagging and belly fat may require a second incision, which runs from the middle of the lower abdomen up towards the navel. For some procedures, the medical team is able to place a second incision around the navel to reduce the appearance of scarring.

    From there, the skin will be pulled down and trimmed until there is no loose skin left. Extra belly fat will also be removed. For some procedures, Dr. Qazi’s surgical team utilizes liposuction to more efficiently remove extra fat.

    At the end of the procedure, the incisions will be sutured, glued, or taped shut.

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      Part 3: The Recovery

      When you are discharged, you will be given a support garment. There may be surgical drains in the treatment area to prevent fluid buildup; you will be given instructions for how to remove these. For the first week, you should rest, keep the incisions clean, and ice your abdomen as needed. This is an excellent time to do a Lord of the Rings marathon, get caught up on Jack Reacher, or watch every documentary that you can find about lumber mills.

      For men who have an office job, you should be safe to return to work after 2 weeks. Men with more physically demanding jobs should plan on taking 3 to 4 weeks off work. The recovery after a tummy tuck normally takes 8 weeks; however, the results will not be completely final until after 12 months

      Part 4: Maintaining the Results

      When men have their tummy tuck follow-up procedure, the first question that they ask is normally: How long will the results last? The answer is 10 to 15 years, but it depends on you. 

      Unlike beauty procedures, like fillers or PDO threads, which will wear off over time, a tummy tuck will not wear off. As long as you do not gain weight, develop a separate condition, or re-separate your abdominal wall, then you can enjoy your results for a long time. 

      It is normal for age to catch up to men who have gotten tummy tucks. You may notice body wrinkles, sagging skin, and accidental weight gain as you age. This is normal. If you can, maintain a gym routine and eat nutrient-dense foods. However, it isn’t uncommon for men to get touch-up liposuction later in life.

      As for the tummy tuck scars, there are many ways to help them fade completely. For example, silicone scar tape can help protect and moisturize the treatment area as it heals. Some of the procedures that your wife is into can also help with surgical scars; laser resurfacing is a very popular procedure for scar correction for both men and women. 

      Considering a Tummy Tuck for Men?

      Body improvement procedures are not just for women. Whether you want more success dating, to get your college football body back, or just want to fit into your old pants, tummy tucks for men are the way to go. Schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic to learn if a male tummy tuck is right for you.

      By: Dr. Nadir Qazi

      Dr. Nadir Qazi is a board certified physician specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and an instructor for advanced injections and laser techniques.

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