Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, is an increasingly popular surgical procedure for men aimed at tightening the abdominal muscles so men can get that flat, tight stomach with no excess or flabby skin.
Tummy tucks may come about after a sustained loss of weight or increased age. Particularly large men may be left with this if they lose a lot of weight in a relatively short space of time. For others, it may be the only part of their body where fat seems to accumulate (above the trouser line) and so are desperate to trim down their stomach fat. The procedure is straight forward and provides lasting results without nasty scarring or stretch marks. The ability to provide a slimmer, more defined shape is the reason why the procedure is a popular one.
A recent survey shows that 6 out of 10 men are not happy with some part of their body, out of this, a whopping 50% believe a slimmer, more slender stomach would increase confidence.
Candidates for tummy tuck procedures include those at a healthy weight, have a balanced lifestyle, and not suffering from any long term illnesses or concerns. The procedure can sometimes be combined with liposuction but is dependent on your individual circumstances – of which your cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise.
The procedure is not intended to remove fat from the stomach. Ideally patients should be at a reasonable weight already and should just be looking to tone and define their stomach area. An incision is made below the lower abdomen and fat is stretched or moulded to pull your entire stomach line down. The skin is stretched and if necessary a new belly button incision is made to appear further down your abdomen. The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic meaning you are conscious during the procedure.
Some swelling will appear around the abdominal area – as per surgical procedures – so an overnight stay in hospital may be necessary. You may have to take a few days off work for recovery. It is important that a healthy weight is maintained following a tummy tuck so the new stomach line can blend into the overall shape of the abdomen. While no scars or incisions are intended to show in some cases – depending on the intensity of the procedure – a small incision line may be seen. This is usually below the trouser line and can be easily hidden.
While it is highly likely you will experience some discomfort following surgery, the effects will not be great and will likely only last up to a week. Bruising of the incision line is the most common but like any surgery there are some hidden risks, though they are rare. Infection is a risk but in most cases is preventable. If not your doctor or surgeon can prescribe a course of antibiotics. If you are a smoker you may be asked to stop in the run up and aftermath of tummy tuck surgery, as it may increase the chances of infection. Strenuous exercise or activities are also advised against up to 6 weeks after surgery.