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Abdominal Contouring for Men

“The times are changing in plastic surgery and no longer are cosmetic changes strictly for women. Abdominal contouring procedures, such as skin removal with a Tummy Tuck or fat removal with Vaser Liposuction, can help men achieve a more chiseled midsection. Washboard abs can bring back incredible self-confidence that diet and exercise alone may not achieve.” – Dr. Ravi Somayazua

Just like women, men want to look their best, spending plenty of time working out and large sums of money on a healthy lifestyle and diet. Regular workouts and frequent trips to the gym can realistically only do so much. The same goes for a healthy diet; cutting back on processed food and sugar is simply not enough for a youthful body.

The American Society of Plastic Surgery’s recent statistics reported over 1,300,000 men opted for cosmetic surgery last year, up by 40% when compared to 2010. For many men, tighter abs and a flatter stomach can feel nearly impossible to achieve. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula, is here to help men in and around Houston reach their goals through targeted and individualized treatments and procedures.

Dr. Ravi commonly sees male patients at their initial consultation struggling to achieve a toned midsection. Offering multiple options for his male body contouring patients, Dr. Ravi will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs and goals. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi is committed to helping each of his male patients feel confident in their own skin. Male body contouring procedures are a great option for men looking for a personalized method to achieve a masculine physique that looks natural and chiseled.

If you are interested in learning more about abdominal contouring for men, please call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 to schedule your consultation at our Houston office today.

Abdominal Contouring Procedures

A variety of abdominal contouring techniques are available. These include:

Abdominal contouring can:

  • Achieve a flatter stomach
  • Eliminate loose or sagging skin around the abdomen
  • Tighten separated abdominal muscles if present
  • Reestablish a contoured waist, improving the “belt line”
  • Create a smoother, flatter abdomen
  • Sculpt a “six pack” for a flattering, more appealing abdomen

Of course, Dr. Ravi can combine procedures as needed to address multiple body areas to truly make his male patients feel better with a “Daddy Do-Over.”

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A male Tummy Tuck uses an excisional procedure to remove unwanted sagging skin from the abdomen. To create a High-Definition result, the skin excisional procedure is combined with VASER and Power-Assisted Liposuction.

For those men who are lucky enough to not have lose, hanging skin secondary to aging or weight fluctuations, a Tummy Tuck may not be unnecessary.

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BodyTite Pro

If Dr. Ravi believes there is some loose skin that needs to be addressed, but not enough to necessitate a tummy tuck, he will recommend a combination of Power-Assistant Liposuction with the Radiofrequency skin tightening treatment, BodyTite PRO. You will notice both immediate and long term skin retraction.

BodyTite with Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that can eliminate fatty tissue from almost anywhere on the body, including the stomach, arms, and ‘love handles”. The procedure can be done under anesthesia or awake.

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VASER High-Definition Liposuction

For those looking for the ultimate chiseled, six-pack abdominal appearance, Dr. Ravi would recommend VASER High-Definition Liposuction. VASER uses ultrasound technology to safely remove fat while helping produce a smoother appearance.

VASER High-Definition Liposuction is safe enough to eliminate larger amounts of fat for ab sculpting and contouring. What’s more, this advanced technology helps to reduce damage to surrounding tissue, resulting in less swelling and a reduced recovery period.

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Good Abdominal Contouring Candidates

The ideal male Tummy Tuck candidate is someone in overall good health; a nonsmoker, who understands the expected results. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Ravi will discuss your unique situation and determine if body contouring is right for you.

Dr. Ravi’s abdominal body contouring techniques are designed to help create a well-defined appearance and flat abdomen, they are not to be used as a tool for weight loss. For safety concerns, it may be recommended that you further lose weight prior to scheduling surgery.

Aside from the physical changes that are common with age, there are other reasons you may look to body contouring to reach your goals. If you have experienced major weight loss, there are likely inches of stretched skin and lax tissue left behind. For these patients or anyone still dieting, it is important to have reached a healthy and stable weight before considering an abdominoplasty. This will help to avoid a change in shape or skin laxity that could ruin the new physique.

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Your Abdominal Contouring Consultation

Prior to scheduling an abdominal contouring procedure, a private consultation will be discretely arranged at the Houston off ice of Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics. Dr. Ravi and your personal Patient Care Coordinator will use this opportunity to learn more about your lifestyle, physical needs, and aesthetic desires.

During your consultation, a thorough physical examination will be performed to evaluate your current condition, including the amount of excess skin and stubborn fat. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and talk about your concerns during this first visit. Dr. Ravi will provide frank and complete information about your surgical and non-invasive abdominal contouring options, giving you the power to make a well-informed decision before moving forward. For this reason, plan on your consultation appointment to last about one hour.

Dr. Ravi brings his extensive training with international leaders in body contouring to help you get the body of your dreams. Combining abdominal etching with chest and arm contouring to give the look of overall body contouring.

We observe the most cutting edge-techniques and utilize advanced technologies and equipment that cannot be found at most plastic surgery offices in our region. This helps ensure Dr. Ravi is able to etch out a natural looking six-pack and oblique definition for each of our patients.

Dr. Ravi understands the difficulties men have when considering a plastic surgery procedure. To make our patients feel secure, he has designed our office’s layout to offer optimal privacy and confidentiality. If you are curious to learn more, use the contact form on this page or call our office today to set up your consultation visit.

“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

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Your In-Office, Pre-Operative Evaluation

All of our patients are seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for a pre-operative appointment. During this visit, our friendly and highly trained staff will have you sign all of the surgical consent forms and take “before” photos. You will also receive a detailed informational packet with specific instructions for before and after surgery. A complete list of “dos and don’ts” will also be carefully reviewed by our staff.

You will be given your post-op prescriptions which may include an antibiotic, pain, and anti-nausea medications. Remember to get these filled before your surgery.

To prevent excessive bruising, Dr. Ravi recommends that you stop using aspirin and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) for at least two weeks before and one week after surgery. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped for at least two weeks prior to surgery, as these can disrupt healing.

Patients should stop smoking for at least four weeks before surgery and abstain for the first four weeks after surgery. This is important to minimize complications and it may delay your healing. Be prepared to follow all recommended pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions closely to ensure the best possible results.

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Your Body Contouring Procedure

All of Dr. Ravi’s abdominal contouring procedures are performed at our accredited surgical suite and considered outpatient procedures. Depending on the procedure selected, it may take anywhere from two to six hours to complete. Dr. Ravi will use either general anesthesia or oral sedation depending on the chosen procedure. 

If you are having more than one procedure done, it may be recommended to stage the desired procedures with a few weeks apart to help ensure optimal safety and comfort.

For male abdominoplasty, Dr. Ravi makes one incision across the lower abdomen close to the pubic area, running from one hip to the other and another to circle around the navel. Next, Dr. Ravi pulls back abdominal skin, allowing him to remove excess fat and tissue. Separated muscle and tissue are then pulled back tight and smooth before the remaining skin is sutured to close the incisions and create a flat, well-contoured appearance. The navel can then be reattached in a natural position.

The specific steps of your tummy tuck will be determined by your unique situation, adding additional techniques such as liposuction that will better address fat along the abdomen and hips. Special pain medication is introduced to your abdomen to improve post-surgery comfort.

BodyTite PRO is a unique, nonsurgical treatment that uses radiofrequency heat to tighten skin. Liposuction, on the other hand, is used to remove unwanted pockets of fat. BodyTite Pro is often paired with liposuction to sculpt and smooth areas like the abdomen, chest, and inner/outer thighs. BodyTite PRO with Liposuction can be performed with either general anesthesia or awake with oral comfort medication.

Dr. Ravi is also experienced in abdominal etching, which includes VASER High-Definition Liposuction to enhance the appearance of the abdominal muscles. With VASER’s High-Definition Liposuction capabilities, Dr. Ravi can “etch” the shape of the abdomen, creating the six-pack you may not be able to achieve at the gym.

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Your Abdominal Contouring Recovery Period

When you get home the first night, your incisions will be covered by dressings or bandages. You may also be wearing a compression garment to help support healing and to decrease swelling. Temporary drains are often placed underneath the skin to decrease the build-up of fluid.

Recovery from each procedure varies from person to person and can last up to six weeks. After a tummy tuck, patients will have to wait two weeks to return to “light” activity and six weeks to resume all normal activities along with some exercise. Dr. Ravi will explain what to expect from your recovery and when you can return to work. Carefully follow these instructions. Tummy Tuck patients will have a thin scar after surgery, these are well hidden and will fade over time.

Liposuction and BodyTite PRO patients have a much faster recovery of about four to five days. There are no limitations following BodyTitePro. You can return to normal activities and exercise based on your comfort. As your body continues to heal, you will notice a significant slimming of your abdomen.

 Dr. Ravi has extensive experience in male body contouring procedures. He consistently provides natural looking results that will enhance the male physique. After your abdominal contouring surgery, you will feel more confident when taking your shirt off at the pool and enjoying Houston’s endless beach-weather.

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Contact Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Today!

We are happy to provide you with this basic information on our body contouring techniques, but remember, it is no substitute for a personal consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. We invite you to call our office at 281-242-1061 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ravi today.

Located in Houston, Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics office is easily reached from anywhere in town. Our beautiful, cutting-edge office and knowledgeable staff will make you feel comfortable as soon as you walk through the door. We will be 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.

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FAQ: Body Contouring for Men

  • What is a male Tummy Tuck?
    A Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin, flatten the stomach, and tighten the abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck for men is uniquely designed to provide a flat, smooth stomach that looks firmer and more defined.
  • How long does an abdominal contouring procedure take?
    The duration of your specific procedure depends on your body and the technique itself. Procedures like the tummy tuck for men or Daddy Do-Over can take up to five hours, while Vaser and BodyTite Pro are generally faster.
  • Will my contouring procedure recovery be painful?
    While the recovery from an abdominal contouring procedure is not necessarily painful, you may be uncomfortable for a few days following surgery. Dr. Ravi will prescribe a specific combination of pain medication to keep you comfortable while you heal. During surgery, Dr. Ravi takes the extra step to inject pain medication into the treatment areas to improve immediate and post-operative pain. In most cases, normal activities can be resumed in two to six weeks.
  • Can I smoke before and after my procedure?
    Dr. Ravi will strongly recommend that you abstain from smoking or vaping for four weeks before any surgical procedure. Additionally, you will need to wait four weeks after surgery prior to safely resuming. All products with nicotine will seriously increase the chance for infection and serve to delay healing due to its vasoconstriction properties.
  • During my Tummy Tuck procedure, can I add additional procedures?
    Yes, many patients will choose to have additional procedures performed along with their male Tummy Tuck. The most common procedures added at the time of a Tummy Tuck are Liposuction of the arms and thighs, along with chest contouring. Combining procedures does not extend recovery time and allows for just one recovery period. What’s more, you will not need to take additional days off in the case of undergoing procedures at different times. Discuss your desires with Dr. Ravi so that he can see what procedures can be combined into your own Daddy Do-Over.
  • When can I return to work after my surgery?
    After your Abdominoplasty procedure, you will be sore and tired, however you can return to a desk job at two weeks. Dr. Ravi recommends not returning to exercise or heavy lifting for the first six weeks. Vaser HD and BodyTite Pro are minimally invasive and will allow you to return to work and school in less than a week.
  • What payment methods are accepted by Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics?
    Dr. Ravi accepts a variety of payment types, making it easier to get the procedure you want today. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Additionally, we can connect you to several healthcare financing groups.

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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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