Abdominal Contouring for Men

“Most people believe tummy tucks are only for women, however, men can benefit just as much from a tummy tuck and abdominal liposuction. Abdomen-defining procedures (such as excess skin removal performed along with fat removal) can help men achieve a more chiseled abdominal contour. This brings back incredible self-confidence that diet and exercise alone may not achieve.” – Dr. Ravi Somayazula

A tight, well-contoured abdomen is one of the most difficult goals to achieve for many of Dr. Ravi Somayazula’s male patients in Houston–even with healthy lifestyle choices and regular visits to the gym. Abdominal contouring with a tummy tuck and liposuction is a great option for men who struggle to achieve a toned appearance for their midsection. Houston board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula is committed to helping each of his male patients feel confident in their own skin again with a tummy tuck procedure personalized for a masculine physique.

Abdominoplasty Can Correct:

  • Protruding stomach (beer belly)
  • Loose or sagging skin around the abdomen

These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

At the Consultation

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and your patient care coordinator will spend ample time during the initial consultation discussing the various options and techniques tailored to each individual patient. While keeping your expectations in mind, your goals for your new physique will be discussed. A thorough examination will be performed to evaluate the current condition for your abdomen, including the amount of excess skin and stubborn fat. Dr. Ravi Somayazula has a great bedside manner and encourages you to become thoroughly informed during the consultation in order to make a well- informed decision. Please be sure to set aside an hour to an hour and a half for your appointment.

“After major weight loss, I needed help removing all my excess skin that was hanging. Dr. Ravi is an amazing person, who gave me back my life.”
– R. C., Houston, TX

Who Is a Good Candidate?

If you are healthy and at a stable weight, you may be a good candidate for abdominal contouring surgery with Dr. Somayazula. Men may consider this procedure after losing a large amount of weight and being left with large amounts of loose skin. The abdominal muscles may also become outstretched over time, causing a protruding appearance of the abdomen despite healthy levels of body fat. Dr. Somayazula can help flatten the abdomen and create a well-defined appearance of the midsection with male-specific tummy tuck surgery.

Preoperative Evaluation

All patients are seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointment. During that visit, all surgical consents are signed, photos are taken, and a detailed informational packet is provided with specific instructions for before and after surgery. A complete list of “dos and don’ts” is also reviewed. Patients receive prescriptions for an antibiotic, as well as pain and anti-nausea medications.

Dr. Ravi recommends stopping use of aspirin and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) for at least one week before and after surgery to prevent excessive bruising. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped for at least one week prior to surgery as this can interrupt healing.

It is recommened that all patients stop smoking for at least four weeks before surgery and four weeks after surgery to minimize healing complications.

Be prepared to follow all recommended pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions closely to ensure your best possible results.

The Surgery

You will be put under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation during your abdominal contouring with Dr. Somayazula in Houston. Horizontal incisions will be made in the abdominal area, and the skin will be lifted. From here, Dr. Somayazula can tighten weakened abdominal muscles to form a stronger, tighter core. The excess skin will then be trimmed away while Dr. Somayazula sutures the remaining skin closed to create a smooth, well-contoured appearance.

The exact steps of your abdominal contouring will vary based on your unique case and consultation. Dr. Somayazula may perform small amounts of liposuction during your procedure to address any areas of stubborn fat. Dr. Somayazula is also experienced in abdominal etching, a specialized fat transfer procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the abdominal muscles (six pack).


The incisions will be covered by dressings or bandages, and you may be given a compression garment to help support healing and to decrease swelling. You may have temporary small tubes placed underneath the skin in case of blood or fluid drainage. Recovery times will vary from person to person. Many patients return to “light” activities the second week after the surgery and return to “normal” activities around week six.

As your body continues to heal, you will notice a significant slimming of your abdomen. Dr. Somayazula is able to achieve natural-looking results that enhance the male physique. After your abdominal contouring surgery, you will feel more confident when taking your shirt off at the pool and enjoying the Houston sun.

We are happy to provide you with this basic information on our website, but it is no substitute for a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula, who can provide in-depth answers to all of your questions about abdominal contouring for men. Dr. Ravi Somayazula is here to guide you through all the steps of an informed decision-making process and will map out a treatment plan that fits your needs. We invite you to call us at 281.242.1061 to schedule a consultation today.

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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wishes to all of those impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Ravi and our staff understand that this has impacted our community in multiple ways, but we are ready to support you in any way we can. Patients have multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is currently open and ready to serve you. We are performing elective surgeries per Texas state guidelines at our Ambulatory Surgery Center, Houston Plastic Surgery Center.  All surgical patients are required to test for Covid-19, this will be reviewed in detail with you by your Patient Care Coordinator.  We are also still performing Injectables, such as Botox and fillers, and other in-office Med Spa procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling.  In order to do our part to decrease the spread of Covid-19, our office does have a strict screening protocol and all staff and patients are required to wear masks at all times.  Our staff continues to follow strict guidelines to increase the frequency of cleaning of all contact surfaces, such as door handles and countertops, with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety has always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, continue to offer in person consultations as well as virtual consultations via a secure HIPAA compliant platform. We are happy to provide these two options to guarantee your comfort.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing basis.

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