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Male Body Contouring

male body contouring

Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)

For many men, having a defined chest, abdomen, arms, and thighs that align with the male aesthetic is important for their self-confidence. If you have excess fat and loose skin in these areas, then you may benefit from the body contouring procedures described below. As a plastic surgeon specialising in male body contouring, Dr Omar Tillo is adept at creating results that look natural to the male anatomy.

Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia, commonly called ‘man boobs’, is a condition that leads to the enlargement of breast tissue in men. With gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction), a male body contouring surgeon can remove the excess breast tissue to restore a flatter and more defined chest.

Benefits

Gynecomastia is a condition that can affect men at any time in their life, and can be a great source of insecurity. If you have gynecomastia that isn’t going away, then you may benefit from male breast reduction surgery, which will permanently flatten and contour your breast by removing the excess breast tissue. After your cosmetic surgery, many men feel more confident in exposing their chest and, as a result, tend to lead a more active lifestyle. 

Cost

The cost of gynecomastia surgery at the CREO Clinic starts from £3,900. However, the prices may vary depending on the exact surgical approach you require. You will receive the exact price of your male body contouring surgery after a consultation with Dr Tillo.

Procedure

A gynecomastia procedure takes around 1-3 hours to perform under sedation or general anaesthesia. In most cases, the surgeon will remove the breast tissue through small incisions around the nipples. However, this may vary depending on your surgical needs. For instance, depending on whether you have gynecomastia and/or chest fat, the surgeon may also need to employ liposuction to create the best result.

Recovery

Immediately after your body contouring surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in your chest. These side effects should dissipate considerably within the first week, with most patients feeling comfortable enough to return to work and other daily activities after 1-2 weeks. However, it may take around 6 weeks for you to make a full recovery, after which you can resume strenuous exercises.

Results

At first, the full contouring effects of your cosmetic surgery may be obscured by the swelling. As the swelling gradually dissipates, you will begin to see the surgical results, which may take up to 6 months. By this time, your chest will look flatter and more defined. Furthermore, there will likely be minimal scarring around the incision sites which will fade with time. 

Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that sculpts the body by removing pockets of excess stubborn fat from targeted areas.

Benefits

Liposuction is an effective body contouring surgery for adding definition to the body, as it removes stubborn pockets of stubborn fat that are often resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure can treat multiple areas of the body, including all areas of the upper body, where men, in particular, tend to carry fat. As the procedure provides permanent results and leaves behind unnoticeable scars, it is a popular cosmetic surgery among men looking to obtain a chiselled body. 

Cost

The cost of liposuction depends on the size and number of areas that you wish to treat. In general, prices for small areas such as the neck start from £3,900, while larger areas such as the abdomen cost around £4,500. You will receive the exact cost of your body contouring surgery after confirming your treatment plan with Dr Tillo during a consultation.

Procedure

Liposuction surgery usually takes around 1-3 hours to perform under sedation or general anaesthesia. The surgeon will remove the excess fat in the targeted area by inserting a suction cannula through small incisions. 

Dr Tillo has vast experience using all types of liposuction technologies and performing high-definition liposuction, a technique that strategically removes fat from areas close to the muscle to add definition. It is a particularly popular technique among men who wish to highlight their abdominal muscles.

Recovery

After this body contouring surgery, you will likely experience swelling, bruising, and soreness in the treated areas, which should gradually dissipate in a few days. In general, most patients feel well enough to return to work and carry out other light daily activities after one week. However, you will need to avoid strenuous activities for at least 2-3 weeks.

Results

Liposuction immediately removes fat from the treated area. However, it may take 6-12 weeks for results to emerge as the post-surgical swelling will at first obscure the results of the cosmetic surgery. As you heal, you will notice that the area is more contoured in the absence of the excess fat.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) is a body contouring surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen.

Benefits

Whether you have loose skin in your abdomen as a result of weight loss or ageing, a tummy tuck can contour your figure by getting rid of it. It is common for men to have sagging skin in this area, given that they tend to carry fat in the abdominal region. As the excess skin can obscure the tone and definition of the abdominal muscles, tummy tucks are a popular body contouring surgery among men. 

Additionally, a full tummy tuck can also strengthen your core by tightening the abdominal muscles, which can improve back pain, poor posture, and other related ailments.

Cost

The cost of a tummy tuck at the CREO Clinic starts from £8,900 for a mini tummy tuck and £10,900 for a full tummy tuck. However, the prices will vary depending on the surgical complexity of your procedure and the type of anaesthesia required, which you will discuss with Dr Tillo during a consultation. 

Procedure

The full and mini tummy tucks are the most popular variations of the cosmetic surgery, although there are a few other types of tummy tucks. Your surgeon will recommend the most appropriate option for you. 

To perform a full tummy tuck, the surgeon will make an incision along the base of the lower abdomen and around the navel. Afterwards, they will remove the excess skin in the full abdomen and, in some cases, tighten the muscles and reposition the belly button.

A mini tummy tuck requires a shorter incision just above the groin and only involves the removal of excess skin in the lower abdomen. 

When performing tummy tucks for men, your surgeon will need to slightly adjust their surgical techniques to create shapes and contours that align with the male physique. For this reason, it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon with experience performing tummy tucks on male patients.

Recovery

After your tummy tuck surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in your abdominal region. Most patients can expect to make a full recovery and resume all activities after 12 weeks. However, you should feel well enough to return to office work after 1-2 weeks and light exercises after 3-4 weeks.

Results

Your abdomen will be noticeably flatter immediately after cosmetic surgery. However, it may take 6-12 months for residual swelling to subside and for the contouring effects of the surgery to become fully visible. The resulting scars should also begin to fade by this time, and you will be able to enjoy a natural-looking toned stomach.

Brachioplasty

Also known as an arm lift, a brachioplasty is a body contouring surgery that removes excess skin and fat in the upper arms.

Benefits

Whether as a result of ageing, significant weight loss, or genetics, many people develop what is commonly called ‘bingo wings’, the excess skin and fat from your underarm to your elbow. This can obscure the muscular definition of the arms, which are a traditionally prominent feature of the male aesthetic. 

Having bingo wings can also prevent you from wearing fitted clothing and undermine the results of weight lifting and other arm exercises. As such, brachioplasty is a beneficial procedure for men wanting to tone their arms.

Cost

The cost of a brachioplasty procedure at the CREO Clinic starts from £10,900. However, the exact cost of your surgery varies depending on your unique surgical needs. You will receive an exact price after a consultation with Dr Tillo where you will discuss a bespoke treatment plan.

Procedure

A brachioplasty usually takes 1 hour to perform under general anaesthesia. The placement of the incisions depends on the extent of your skin laxity. Typically, your surgeon will make an incision inside the underarm in cases of mild skin laxity and an incision from the underarm to the elbow in cases of moderate to severe skin laxity.

Recovery

After your brachioplasty surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and soreness in your arm. These symptoms usually dissipate in a few days, with most patients feeling recovered enough to return to work and other daily activities after 1-2 weeks. However, you will need to refrain from strenuous exercise for at least four weeks.

Results

Immediately after your surgery, your upper arms will look more contoured and feel tighter in the absence of the excess skin. However, it may take up to 6 months before you can appreciate the full contouring effects of your surgery. By this time, the residual swelling should have completely subsided and the scars should begin to fade.

Recovery

Immediately after your surgery, your upper arms will look more contoured and feel tighter in the absence of the excess skin. However, it may take up to 6 months before you can appreciate the full contouring effects of your surgery. By this time, the residual swelling should have completely subsided and the scars should begin to fade.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, is a surgery that gets rid of excess skin and fat from the thighs.

Benefits

Many men want thighs that define their musculature and conform to the male aesthetic. However, excess skin in this area, whether as a result of weight loss, ageing, or genetics, can obscure this definition. Thus, a thigh lift can be a beneficial procedure as it gets rid of the laxity in this area to reveal leaner thighs and restores you with a more proportionate lower body.

Cost

The cost of a thigh lift at the CREO Clinic starts from £9,900. The prices will vary depending on the surgical techniques required to produce the best result. You will discuss a bespoke treatment plan with Dr Tillo during a consultation, after which you will receive the exact price of your thigh lift.

Procedure

A thigh lift takes around 2-4 hours to perform under sedation or general anaesthesia. In general, there are five types of thigh lifts, and your surgeon will advise the best approach for you, depending on the extent and direction of your skin laxity. The exact surgical technique and placement of incisions will depend on the type of thigh light required to achieve your desired results.

Recovery

After your thigh lift surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, and soreness in the affected area. Typically, these side effects begin to dissipate within a few days, with most patients feeling well enough to return to work and light activities within 10-14 days. However, you must avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for 8 weeks.

Results

You will immediately notice the contouring effects of your thigh lift surgery in the absence of the excess folds of skin. However, as the post-surgical swelling can obscure the results of your surgery, it may take up to four weeks for your results to emerge. Additionally, most patients notice continuous improvements up to 12 months after the surgery as the residual swelling completely subsides.

Benefits of Combining Procedures

It is highly common for surgeons to recommend combining tummy tuck and liposuction (lipoabdominoplasty), as many men carry subcutaneous fat in this area that needs to be surgically removed to deliver an optimal result. Some patients may also need to combine liposuction with other body contouring procedures if they have excess fat deposits that are contributing to the lack of definition in the area. 

There are two further benefits of combining any of the body contouring procedures listed above. First, it will save you time. By undergoing all treatments in one session, you will spend less time in the hospital and can combine the recovery time for all procedures. Second, it will save you money. It is cost-effective to combine procedures as you can save on the cost of anaesthetics and administrative fees.

Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic

If you would like to add definition to your chest, abdomen, arms, thighs, or sculpt excess fat in other areas of your body, book a consultation with Dr Tillo to discuss your options. 

Performing cosmetic procedures on men requires expert knowledge of the male anatomy and surgical and artistic skills to create results that sit naturally within the male body. Dr Tillo is a double board-certified plastic surgeon specialising in male body contouring procedures who consistently delivers exceptional results for his male patients.

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