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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics

Male Tummy Tuck

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

What is a Male Tummy Tuck?

A male tummy tuck is designed to target the specific aesthetic challenges that face men when it comes to achieving a defined abdominal contour. For many men, even rigorous diet and exercise regimens fail to yield the defined, toned abdominal look they desire. Tummy tuck surgery performed by Dr. Chris Patronella in Houston removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles for a flatter, more chiseled stomach area.

The Benefits of Male Tummy Tuck

Removes unattractive, excess skin

Tightens loose or weak abdominal muscles

Creates an eye-catching abdominal contour

Improves the appearance of stretch marks

Restores confidence in your appearance

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Male Tummy Tuck Procedure

  • The tummy tuck procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
  • An incision is made along the lower abdomen.
  • The length of the incision will depend on the extent of correction needed.
  • If necessary, an additional incision may be made around the navel.
  • The abdominal muscles are pulled tight and sutured into place.
  • Tightening the muscles helps create better abdominal definition.
  • The skin is redraped to reveal the new muscle contour, and excess skin is trimmed away.
  • Eliminating unwanted skin creates a flatter, toned abdominal area.
  • The incisions are closed using a combination of sutures and adhesive bandages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why are tummy tucks different for men and women?

    While the basics of the procedure are performed the same way for men and women, it is important to have a surgeon who understands the aesthetic desires of men. Men tend to place more focus on attaining better abdominal definition, whereas women often desire smoother and more slender stomach areas. In addition, Dr. Patronella is attentive to creating ideal masculine proportions such as straight waist and hip lines in contrast to the more curvaceous contours that characterize his body contouring procedures for women.

  • Does tummy tuck surgery eliminate unwanted fat?

    Some fat removal can occur during tummy tuck surgery. However, patients with extensive fat deposits could benefit from liposuction in conjunction with their tummy tuck. Liposuction removes unwanted fat through vacuum suction.

  • What is the recovery period like following tummy tuck surgery?

    Immediately following your procedure, you will experience bruising, swelling, redness, and mild discomfort. Any associated pain is treated with Exparel, an anesthetic Dr. Patronella injects directly into the abdominal wall during surgery to provide postsurgical pain relief for 72 hours or more. He also will prescribe oral medication should you desire additional pain relief. You will wear a compression garment to facilitate healing and ensure the best results possible. You should avoid strenuous physical activities including pushing, pulling, and heavy lifting. With your surgeon’s permission, you should be able to slowly resume your normal activities after three to four weeks. Your results should be noticeable after six weeks and will only improve as the rest of the swelling subsides.

  • Does tummy tuck surgery result in scarring?

    Most patients will experience mild to moderate scarring of their incision sites. Incisions are discreetly placed on the lower abdomen where they can easily be covered with a bathing suit or underwear. The appearance of scarring is likely to fade over time.

  • How do I ensure long-lasting tummy tuck results?

    Living a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise is the best thing you can do to maintain your tummy tuck results. Keeping a stable weight with little fluctuations will help prevent the development of stretched skin.

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