Jul 14

Is There Such Thing as a 'Daddy Makeover'?

Is There Such Thing as a 'Daddy Makeover C+ Ohio

by James D. McMahan, MD

The concept of a ‘daddy makeover’ has not as of yet been popularized but that doesn’t mean that the surgery does not exist.  The idea of a mommy makeover was created because of the frequency with which women lose their youthful shape and figure as a result of pregnancy. 

Although men do not go through these changes for the same reason, they certainly are not immune to weight gain and loss for other reasons.

A ‘daddy makeover’ would consist of similar procedures that a mommy makeover does.  Men who have lost a significant amount of weight tend to be good candidates for a tummy tuck to tighten the abdominal muscles and get rid of excess skin.  Although many will try to exercise the excess skin away, unfortunately there is no muscle in skin so exercise, which is great for the muscles, does absolutely nothing for the skin.

As fat is not lost evenly in all areas, liposuction of the hips and abdomen and flanks, or ‘love-handles,’ would probably be a common procedure in a ‘daddy makeover’. Unfortunately, exercising the abdomen does not make you lose fat in that area.  Your body mobilizes fat for fuel when glucose stores in the muscles and liver are getting depleted during exercise.  This fat is mobilized hormonally and the fat that gets used is unrelated to which muscles are actually being used.

While men do not typically get breast lifts like women do, excessive enlargement of the breasts (gynecomastia) is common with weight gain and does not always respond to weight loss.  When there is only excess breast tissue present without excess skin, gynecomastia generally responds well to a specialized technique of liposuction known as ultrasonic liposuction.  With this technique, the instrument vibrates rapidly to break up the fat cells prior to removing the fat.  In cases where there is also excess skin as well as excess breast tissue, removal of the skin and elevation of the nipple and areola are needed as well as taking out the fat and breast tissue. In these situations, a breast lift is performed and can be similar to a breast lift that is performed on women.

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