Once considered primarily the domain of women, plastic surgery today is embraced by male patients, too. Among the procedures that men increasingly are choosing is abdominoplasty, better known as the tummy tuck. In fact, the number of men getting this procedure each year has grown 100 percent since 2000.
Abominoplasty is a surgery of the abdomen that involves removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of the abdominal muscles. Though it’s primarily considered a cosmetic procedure, there are several health reasons behind the choice, too. Here are the top three reasons that men undergo abdominoplasty.
- Diastasis recti repair: Normally, the left and right halves of the abdominal muscles are joined in the middle to create one solid abdominal wall. However, a condition called diastasis recti can develop, causing a separation of those two halve and creating a vertical ridge-like gap that runs down the center of the belly area. In men, heavy lifting, weight lifting, sudden weight gain typically are to blame (the condition also can develop in women as a result of pregnancy). Though diastasis recti isn’t dangerous, it can be unsightly. An abdominoplasty can effectively address the issue by closing the gap in the muscles and rebuilding a solid abdominal muscle wall.
- Hernia repair: A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Contributing factors can include muscle weakness caused by age, chronic coughing or damage from an injury or surgery, plus constipation, fluid in the abdomen, heavy lifting or sudden weight gain. Men are far more likely to develop abdominal hernias, which can be intensely painful and are treatable only via surgery. Trouble is, hernia surgery can create a lumpy or uneven appearance to the stomach. An abdominoplasty can help restore a smoother stomach.
- Significant weight loss: Formerly obese men who have successfully lost weight via a healthy diet and exercise often are unpleasantly surprised to find that while the fat has disappeared, excess stomach skin remains. An abdominoplasty helps to remove the unsightly, sagging left-behind skin, restoring a tight, taught and smooth look.
If you’re a man considering a tummy tuck, don’t let preconceived notion that it’s a woman’s procedure stop you from getting the help you need to get a great look and restore your confidence. Call Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation.