Male Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck isn't a procedure that is exclusively undertaken by women. In fact, it is becoming more and more popular with men. Men who have experienced significant weight loss will find themselves with excess skin. This is unable to be removed without surgery. A tummy tuck is a suitable way to remove this excess skin, as well as tighten the abdominal wall, leaving men with a well-contoured abdomen.
Can I have a male tummy tuck?
An ideal candidate will be someone who is looking to remove the excess skin from around the stomach. It is important to note that a tummy tuck is not an alternative option for losing weight. Rather, this procedure will remove excess skin and tighten muscles. It is recommended that you lose as much weight as possible prior to having the procedure.
To have a male tummy tuck, you will need to be in good physical health. Furthermore, if you are a smoker, you will need to cease smoking at least two weeks before the procedure and avoid smoking throughout the recovery period.
Male Tummy Tuck FAQs
Do I need to do anything to prepare for a male tummy tuck?
You will need to try and lose as much weight as possible, and ideally be close to your ideal weight. You will also need to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery.
What happens during the surgery?
The surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic, so you will not be awake and you will be unable to feel any pain or discomfort. Next, an incision will be made which will run along the pubic hairline. Excess skin and fat will then be removed. If necessary, liposuction will take place at this point to remove any excess fat. If needed, the abdominal muscles will be tightened. Once this has been completed, the remaining skill is pulled tightly together and sutured. The tummy tuck can take between one to three hours to complete.
What can I expect from the recovery?
As a result of the lack of drains used during the tummy tuck, the recovery period for a male tummy tuck is now faster. However, you will still be required to have about 10 days off from work. You will experience some swelling and bruising after the procedure, however, this can be aided with the use of compression garments. You may have to walk with a hunch for about the first week. You will need to avoid strenuous physical activity and lifting for the first six weeks following the tummy tuck.
Can I have a mini tummy-tuck instead?
This will depend on how much excess skin and tissue you have that needs to be removed. If the excess skin is located on the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck may be a suitable procedure. Your surgeon will be able to determine what the most suitable procedure is during your initial consultation.
Should I have a tummy tuck or liposuction?
This will depend on your body and your overall goals. Liposuction allows you to remove excess fat. However, it does not remove any skin nor create tightness in the abdominal muscles. If this is what you require, a tummy tuck will be more suitable. If you're not sure, you can book a consultation with one of our surgeons, who will be able to assess your body, listen to your wants and needs and assure you which surgery you should have.
Will I have scars?
As an incision is being made, you will have a scar across the pubic hairline. This is generally able to be hidden with clothing such as underwear or swimwear.
Are there any risks or complications?
As this is a surgical procedure, it carries the rare chance of complications. Risks include excessive bleeding, infection, swelling, scar irregularities and blood clots. All of these risks are very rare.
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