Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from around the abdomen. A tummy tuck can help men who have gained a middle-aged “spare tire.” This surgery can also remove excess abdominal skin, which can remain following massive weight loss. At the Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center in Tampa, abdominoplasty among male patients is a procedure commonly performed in order to help regain a trimmer and more youthful look.
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When a Tummy Tuck Is Right
Patients who have an abdominoplasty from Tampa cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joseph J. Castellano are most satisfied with their procedure when they maintain realistic expectations about the results. Abdominoplasty is not an alternative to weight loss, although some weight will be lost as a byproduct of the procedure. The ideal patients will already be at a steady weight and in good general health both mentally and physically.
There are two types of men who most often see optimum results from a tummy tuck:
- Men whose bellies have a loose or flabby appearance despite regular exercise. No matter how many crunches you do each morning, your belly may still look prominent due to other factors such as age and gravity. As the body ages, muscles and skin lose firmness and elasticity, causing them to sag. The stomach is one area where this is most troublesome. If your exercise and diet routine have been unable to resolve flab on your stomach, an abdominoplasty may be a great solution.
- Men who have achieved significant weight loss. Most men who lose a great deal of weight are happy to be thinner, yet didn’t expect the loose hanging skin folds and loose abdominal muscles typically associated with rapid or extreme weight loss. The body is able to shed fat deposits much more quickly than the skin is able to adapt. The result can be unsightly and unhygienic, and can only be resolved through surgery. An abdominoplasty is often one final step in a long-term weight loss solution to finally achieve the body you’ve been working toward.
What to Expect
Tummy tucks require a fairly large incision across the lower abdomen, which is placed low enough to be hidden by swim trunks and normal clothing. From this incision, the abdominal muscle walls are sutured together to create a more taut framework. Excess skin and fat is then removed, and the incision will be closed with sutures. The entire surgery usually takes two to four hours from start to finish.
Recovery and Results
Following your surgery, you will probably need some help getting around at first. You’ll also have to wear a special post surgical garment used to help the body heal more quickly.
Although there will be swelling at first, the initial results will be apparent within a week or two.
The scar resulting from the surgical incision will be red at first, but should fade dramatically during the first year of your recovery. Most patients find that the scar continues fading well into the second year following surgery. Over time, it should become skin-colored and inconspicuous.
With Other Procedures
Abdominoplasty may be combined with liposuction or an Avelar tummy tuck, also known as a lipoabdominoplasty, in order to achieve a more detailed body sculpting throughout the lower body. Liposuction can address remaining fat deposits that can disguise an otherwise muscular torso and abdomen.