A growing number of men are opting for plastic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). There’s been a huge increase in demand for male tummy tucks, in part due to the increasing number of men opting for weight loss surgery.
Women often seek an abdominoplasty because their skin, and often their muscles, have become stretched as a result of pregnancy. In contrast, men’s abdominal muscles and skin are less likely to be stretched out unless they’ve had significant weight changes. Those men may choose a tummy tuck to correct the same problems that women do. Some men are in good physical condition but have stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin around their abdomen, conditions that can’t be reversed with diet and exercise.
Will that tummy tuck give you the rock-hard, six-pack abs that you’ve always dreamed of? Well, no, but it can tone your midsection so that it is flat, not flabby or hanging over your belt. Some men will also need treatment of their “love handles” at the same time to prevent them from standing out (due to the flat appearance of the abdomen following tummy tuck surgery).
There are several types of tummy tuck surgery. Your plastic surgeon will determine his surgical approach for you based on your anatomy and aesthetic goals. A traditional tummy tuck tightens the muscle and trims excess skin. The belly button is moved into its new, corrected position and the scar can usually be hidden under clothing. Liposuction can be used to remove any excess fat deposits and improve the contour of the abdomen.
Preparing for male tummy tuck surgery is critical – you need to consider the recovery process and put off important plans, physical activities, and other commitments until you are fully healed. Plan for your time away from work as you will likely need to miss about two weeks or possibly more. Do all of your necessary chores, errands, and projects ahead of time and set up a comfortable space for your recovery and post-operative rest. Follow your pre-operative instructions, which will include avoiding certain medications, including aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, those can thin your blood and increase your risk of bleeding during and after your surgery. Certain herbal remedies may also increase your risks.