Abdominoplasty is a surgical technique for body contouring that has been shown to improve the patient’s quality of life. It has become more common among male patients, so clear differences between procedures for men and women have to be stated. The authors present their experience with high-definition lipoabdominoplasty with transverse plication in men.
Records of male patients undergoing transverse plication full abdominoplasty in addition to high-definition liposculpture were analyzed. A total of 24 consecutive cases were found between January of 2017 and June of 2019. Patient ages ranged from 24 to 60 years. Patients aged 18 years or younger were excluded. Body mass index ranged from 25 to 33 kg/m2. Photographic records were taken before and during follow-up at 2 days and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery.
Male TULUA (transverse plication, no undermining, full liposuction, neoumbilicoplasty, and low transverse abdominal scar) with high-definition lipoabdominoplasty was successfully achieved in 24 cases. No major complications were reported. Six minor complications were reported (25 percent). Rectus abdominis diastases are less common in men compared to women, as pregnancy is the most determining factor in its development. Fat distribution is also a key difference when performing lipoabdominoplasty for the male or the female patient. The authors recommend a transverse plication of the abdominal wall, instead of a vertical one, as flap viability is preserved and enhanced muscular definition can be accomplished.
Combining transverse plication with high-definition lipoabdominoplasty (transverse plication, no undermining, full liposuction, neoumbilicoplasty, and low transverse abdominal scar plus high-definition lipoabdominoplasty) is a safe and reproducible technique for the male patient. It offers higher aesthetic results in line with modern beauty ideals.
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