Body contouring for men is only slightly different than body contouring for women. Overall, the goal is the same: improve one’s physical appearance by eliminating excess fat and loose skin and lifting areas that have sagged with time or because of drastic weight loss.
But where women may want to integrate breast augmentation or a breast lift, men may want to address gynecomastia or create more muscular definition. Of course, every patient will have their own unique challenges to address and their own unique surgical experience.
Body Contouring Challenges for Men
The majority of men feel confident when they look confident. But for various reasons, a man’s physical presentation may hold them back from feeling and looking their best.
Body contouring is a plastic surgery strategy that looks at the entire body. It is most often used with patients who have gone through a drastic weight loss.
Whether through lifestyle changes or surgery, when a man loses a significant amount of weight, some parts of their body may not “keep up” or evolve with the loss of fat. Most notably, loose skin can become a problem. Stubborn unwanted fat and sagging breast tissue can complicate things.
Depending on where the excess skin, fat cells, and tissue is located, body contouring procedures can tighten things up and improve a man’s physique.
Common Body Contouring Procedures for Men
Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
For male patients who have successfully lost a substantial amount of weight, excess skin can be a persistent issue, especially in the abdominal area. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is likely the best solution.
A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and the tightening of underlying muscles. The results not only provide a more sculpted and toned appearance, but many patients may notice improved functionality of their abdominal region.
Liposuction can be particularly beneficial for men who have lost significant weight but still struggle with fat deposits. The procedure targets specific areas where stubborn fat lingers and can be easily incorporated with a tummy tuck and other procedures.
Lipo can be performed most anywhere on the body, but it is ideal for refining body contours on the stomach, upper arms, chest, thighs, and buttocks. When HD lipo is performed, individual muscles can be isolated to create a more defined, athletic appearance.
Fat grafting can also be performed with liposuction. Harvested fat can be relocated to different areas of the body to help emphasize the muscles or change the overall figure.
Body lifts are body contouring procedures designed to tighten and lift excess skin, fat, and tissue on the upper and lower body. These procedures typically include a combination of techniques to address sagging on the back, flanks, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Arm lifts can also be performed.
Body lifts offer a holistic approach to body contouring, resulting in a tighter and more youthful appearance. Each lift procedure will be catered to the individual.
If you’re interested in body contouring chest for men, gynecomastia surgery is likely what you’re looking for. Liposuction can be performed on the male chest for excess fat. But if you have actual gynecomastia, you may have excess fat and/or excess glandular tissue that must be excised. This will create a more masculine chest you can feel confident about.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Body Contouring?
If you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight and achieved at or close to a healthy body mass index, this is a good sign you are a candidate for body contouring. Ideal candidates must lead an overall healthy lifestyle, have realistic expectations, and a positive mindset. It’s important to be in good health, and keep in mind that non-smokers are often preferred.
Of course, to know for sure if you are a good candidate for body sculpting, it’s important to meet one-on-one with a board certified plastic surgeon. They will evaluate your unique situation, discuss your goals, and recommend the most suitable procedures for your specific goals. Some patients may need to have additional testing to ensure they are in good enough health to undergo extensive body contouring surgery.
FAQ: Male Body Contouring
Where can I find body contouring for men near me?
Many plastic surgeons offer male body contouring procedures for men. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. David Sieber performs body contouring procedures for male and female patients.
Do guys do body sculpting?
Yes, men can undergo body sculpting and body contouring just as women do.
What are the benefits of male body contouring?
Men who undergo body contouring after weight loss will see an improved physique with a smoother flatter stomach, a more defined musculature, and less unwanted fat. For extreme sagging skin, body lifts can create a tighter, more youthful appearance.
Is body contouring painful?
The cosmetic procedures required for body contouring do come with more risks and may cause increased pain and a longer recovery. Pain, swelling, and bruising are the body’s natural response to invasive surgery. Fortunately, you should be prescribed pain medication and other techniques to ease your discomfort.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation Appointment
When you’ve worked hard to lose weight and keep it off, you want your efforts to match your results. But loose skin and stubborn fat can be cumbersome, embarrassing, and even painful. For many men, it’s a sense of discomfort that’s hard to get past. You want to feel proud of your male physique.
If you think male body sculpting may benefit you, we invite you to call and schedule a consultation appointment with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.