“Abdominoplasty involves an incision in the lower abdomen. It’s near the pubic hair and that frightens some men off, but it shouldn’t. There is no jeopardy of erectile function,” explains Dr. Vanek. After the incision is made, the skin is lifted to expose the muscle wall. The muscles are sutured into a tighter position, and then skin is pulled down over the muscle like a window shade. The excess skin is excised and the incision closed. “It restores your waistline to a bygone era,” says Dr. Vanek, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
“But this procedure is not for guys with beer bellies. It’s for the men who have put in the hard work to lose weight and then can’t get rid of the excess skin. Most of the men I see for abdominal tightening are post-bariatric or have dieted and exercised intensely. And for all their work, there is not a cream or exercise they can do to get rid of skin that has lost its elasticity.” It’s not just abdominal skin that loses its elasticity. There are often several procedures that Dr. Vanek commonly suggests combining into one operating session to rid yourself of loose skin, like an arm lift, neck lift, and brow lift.
Dr. Vanek approaches the process comprehensively to help you achieve your aesthetic goals with respect for your time and resources. Combining procedures will not only improve your overall outcome and satisfaction, but will also make the best use of the time you take off for recovery. “I pride myself on catering to the individual needs of my patients. I can talk with you about your goals and our respective perfectionism and say, ‘What’s going to give us the longest-lasting result and what will make you very happy?’ If there is more than one choice, I have the ability to explain the difference in outcomes in a forthright way.”
During your discussion, Dr. Vanek will carefully assess your anatomy and talk with you about your goals in the context of your own structures. “I think my individual attention to the patient is extraordinary and defining, and sets me apart from other board-certified surgeons with my experience,” explains Dr. Vanek. “I will spend lots of time with you, not only finding out what you want, but making sure that it’s right for you – that your outcome is something that you carefully consider in the context of your own personal, medical, and emotional situation.” He will educate you on the risks and benefits of the procedure and empower you to make an informed, medically sound decision.