Men and Spare Tires: What You Need to Know

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man standingMany people think of a tummy tuck as strictly women’s turf, but both men and women can see positive benefits from abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck can create a firmer midsection by treating skin laxity, tightening abdominal muscles and removing excess fatty tissue. But what about the classic ‘spare tire’ that so many men sport around their abdomen?

The Facts about Your Spare Tire

While both men and women can carry a little extra weight around the stomach, this is a body issue that is more commonly associated with men, as well as seen in women after menopause. Otherwise, women are more inclined to store fat around the hips and thighs.

The spare tire around your stomach is most likely comprised of belly fat, not subcutaneous fat. Belly fat is visceral fat located inside the abdomen and wrapped around your internal organs. This type of fat cannot be treated with any body contouring procedure. In fact, the best way to lose your spare tire is to limit your caloric intake and maintain a regular exercise routine.

If you’ve gone way beyond spare tire status and instead struggle to see beyond your navel when you look down, it may be time to start thinking about adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Tummy Tucks after Weight Loss

If you’re at your target weight but still have a visible paunch, you could be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck combined with liposuction can eliminate lingering fatty deposits under the skin while also reducing skin laxity and toning your abdominals. While a tummy tuck can’t help you lose weight, men can see excellent results with tummy tuck surgery after weight loss, helping them achieve a better-looking physique.

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The Facts of Men and Spare Tires: What You Need to Know
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Denver tummy tuck specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Francesco Campanile discusses the facts behind men, belly fat and how a tummy tuck could help.
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