In addition to the procedures detailed above, men can also benefit from more traditional procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) if they’ve lost a lot of weight, either through diet and exercise, or post-bariatric surgery, and they are left with excess skin hanging over their waist. The advantage of tummy tuck surgery for men is that the scar is often very well hidden in the hairline, and the additional benefit can be a relative enhancement of other neighboring body parts after the excess skin is removed. An important component of an abdominoplasty is the plication of the diastasis recti (widening of the linea alba between the rectus abdominus muscles). This plication results in the flatter appearance and narrower waist after a tummy tuck procedure. Modern surgical techniques have revolutionized the recovery for abdominoplasty, and our patients are typically walking on the first post-operative day. Most patients whose work does not require heavy lifting can return after 2 weeks, and patients wear a specialized compression garment for the first six weeks.
Rib Cage Modification
Rib cage modification is considered an exotic cosmetic surgical procedure because it is rarely performed. This procedure is most common for those in the transgender community or for women who have very boxy figures and would like a defined waist. Few surgeons are able to perform rib cage modification procedures, and it requires very highly skilled expertise in order to safely perform this surgery.
This procedure is designed to improve the shape of the waist by removing floating ribs that are not necessary for organ protection and take up space. Some patients can only achieve the waist size they desire with rib removal, with a greater chance of success when combined with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for more dramatic results. Rib Cage modification is a procedure members of the LGBTQ+ Community often consider when one if seeking a more hourglass shape with natural results.
Ultimately, any cosmetic surgical procedure begins with a private consultation to fully evaluate and determine your personal goals and needs. If you live in Austin, Buda, Bastrop, Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills, or the Central Texas area, contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez, a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon, specializing in complex body contouring procedures.