One of the primary areas of concern for modern men is their health and the appearance of their body. In addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many men are also undergoing plastic surgery procedures to improve on the results that diet and exercise alone cannot produce. Body contouring options are relevant to men of all ages, from young adults to those in middle age and beyond, and increasing numbers of men are resorting to surgical and non-surgical procedures as complementary to their daily health and nutrition routine.
Most younger men who are physically fit and healthy may still benefit from plastic surgery to address specific areas of their body. Often the flanks, or “love handles”, as well as the abdominal area are where body contouring can help. In many men, even those who are not overweight, fat deposits can occur on the flank area, leading to a suboptimal appearance in clothing as well as bathing suits, where the fat can be seen to bulge above the belt line. In these cases, where the fat persists despite diet and exercise, liposuction can produce excellent results by removing excess fat in those areas.
In some men, either those who are beginning to age and whose skin becomes increasingly lax, or those who have lost weight and have excess skin, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty may be performed to remove excess skin and fat from the belly. Skin and fat overhang in the lower abdominal area is referred to as a pannus, and limited removal of the skin and fat in the lower abdomen is called a panniculectomy. A more extensive procedure, where additional skin and fat are removed from higher up in the abdomen, up to or even above the belly button, is termed an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Both abdominoplasty and panniculectomy procedures may be performed in conjunction with liposuction in order to achieve the best results.
In men who have undergone significant or massive weight loss, either with diet alone or as a result of gastric bypass procedure, excess loose skin may need to be removed from the chest, arms, thighs, back, or circumferentially around the trunk. All of these surgical procedures can produce significant improvement in overall appearance and body shape, as once skin has lost its elasticity and hangs off the body, the only solution is to excise it with plastic surgery body contouring procedures.
In patients who require an abdominoplasty, panniculectomy, or total body lift procedure, the appearance of the suprapubic area may also be improved surgically. This may occur simply as a result of the abdominal plastic surgery procedure, or may be produced by adding liposuction of the mons in conjunction with a limited incision suprapubic lift to enhance contour of the lower abdomen.
Body contouring procedures in men are indicated in patients who are generally in good health, and offer a reliable and safe plastic surgery option to improve their appearance. These surgeries can have a significant impact on patients’ self-esteem and quality of life. Surgery is performed in the Operating Room under anaesthesia, either local with sedation or general. Recovery usually requires 1-2 weeks, may involve wearing compression garments after surgery, and may necessitate the use of drains for the more extensive procedures.
Dr. Hutchinson meets with all her patients individually and discusses all possible options in order to develop a surgical plan that is best suited to address their needs and expectations.