Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) For Men
In men, abdominoplasty, also known as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a popular cosmetic procedure performed to remove excess fat deposits, tighten loose skin, and enhance muscle tone around the middle and lower abdominal region.
One of the most common reasons for a tummy tuck in men is following significant weight loss, in situations where diet and exercise can no longer help.
At your consultation, your dedicated surgeon will discuss your options with you and determine the best approach for the results you are looking for.
There are a range of different types of abdominoplasty procedures available. The best option for you will depend on your own personal situation and the results you are looking to see. These include:
- Complete abdominoplasty – the most common type of tummy tuck procedure.
- Partial or mini abdominoplasty – for when less tissue is required to be removed.
- Extended abdominoplasty – performed when tissue from areas other than the abdomen have to be removed.
Your surgeon will discuss your options at your consultation and advise you what type of abdominoplasty you need.
Before surgery, your surgeon will take a thorough medical history, reviewing any medications you are taking, any allergies you have, and if you have had any prior surgeries.
Your surgeon will also perform a physical examination to measure the extent of excess fat and the degree of loose skin in your abdominal region.
It is likely your surgeon will ask you to stop taking certain medications including aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and blood thinners, all of which can increase bleeding risk.
Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anaesthetic. The surgery begins with an incision just above the pubic area across the abdomen, from hipbone to hipbone. A second incision will be made around the belly button to free it from the abdominal tissue.
The skin will be separated from the abdominal wall exposing the abdominal muscles (rectus muscles). To tighten the muscles and reduce the waistline the rectus muscles will then be stitched back into their new position.
After the muscles have been repositioned and tightened, excess skin will be removed. The remaining skin will be placed over the abdominal area and stitched into place, improving the overall appearance and tautness of the region. The belly button will then be brought out through the skin in its new location.
Immediately following surgery some discomfort and pain is natural, however, this should be perfectly manageable with painkillers. A full recovery from a tummy tuck normally takes 6-8 weeks.
For a full tummy tuck procedure, you should generally allow the following time periods before activity:
- Back to work – 1-2 weeks
- Long haul flights – 1 month
- Swimming – 4-6 weeks
- Exercise – 6-12 weeks
- Sex – 6-12 weeks
As with any surgery, an abdominoplasty comes with a risk of complications which will be discussed in your consultation. Our surgeons will of course ensure you are informed of the procedure and recovery before any surgery takes place. However, if you have any concerns or questions following your surgery, such as prolonged or heightened pain, we can help with our comprehensive aftercare promise.
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