Usually, when the subject of a tummy tuck patient comes up, most people will inevitably conjure up an image of a woman. And from a certain perspective, that does make sense. But women aren't the only ones having tummy tucks today.

As we mentioned, it does make sense for a woman to have a tummy tuck because of what pregnancy does to a woman's body. After carrying a baby for 9 months, many women have hanging excess skin and stretched out abdominal muscles.

Obviously, pregnancy doesn't cause excess skin for men (unless they gain and then quickly lose a significant amount of sympathy weight). Rather, more and more men are getting a male tummy tuck because of either the normal aging process or a significant amount of weight loss.

Believe it or not, just in 2007, more than 5,600 men had a tummy tuck. Furthermore, we can expect these numbers to climb more and more each year as male cosmetic surgery increases in popularity.

A word of caution may be in order at this point; you should not use the tummy tuck procedure as a weight loss vehicle. This procedure should only be used to remove excess skin. If your desire is to remove a few pounds, we highly recommend you use nutrition and exercise instead of cosmetic surgery.

If a man is seriously considering getting a tummy tuck, one of the first questions he will invariably ask is "How much does a tummy tuck cost?" The cost of the tummy tuck will depend on the type of tummy tuck (mini, full, extended). However, the usual range for a normal tummy tuck will be between $6,000 and $10,000. For those men who would like a more accurate price, they will need to contact a surgeon for a consultation.

As for the actual surgery, there is no difference between the genders. Therefore, if a man gets a tummy tuck, the surgeon will focus on removing the excess skin and tightening up his abdominal wall muscles, just like he would during a women's tummy tuck.

Post op, the surgeon is going to schedule you for several follow-up appointments to check for signs of infection. Do not skip these; if you do, a little infection can literally turn into a festering problem.

Before we conclude, this is one last thing to mention. Once you begin your recovery, you may be required to wear a compression garment. If you are, make sure you buy one that is considered medical grade. If you don't, you can end up prolonging the healing process.

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