Around 4.5K tummy tucks have been done on male patients in 2019 according to the cosmetic surgery procedures report. The majority of patients are men that lost a lot of weight either naturally or after a weight loss surgery. After losing hundreds of pounds, they didn’t expect to face another challenge: loose skin in the stomach area. Neither diet, nor workouts could help resolve this issue, and many men opted in for a tummy tuck.
What Is the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck for Men vs. for Women?
A tummy tuck [or abdominoplasty] is a cosmetic surgery that aims to remove excess skin and fat in the abdomen area and to repair abdominal muscles, if needed. Although men go through the same steps of the surgery as women do (anesthesia, incisions, etc.), performing a tummy tuck for men is a bit different than operating on women.
Men (like women) are very concerned about the tummy tuck scarring, and the incisions are usually placed lower on men than on women. That ensures the scars stay hidden when a man wears swimwear.
Also, once incisions are made, the surgeon operating on a male patient has to keep in mind male anatomy and preserve the masculine appearance as much as possible. It means avoiding excess tension and additional sutures on the muscles that can cause narrowing in the midline.
Do I Need a Liposuction before a Tummy Tuck?
Well, it depends on each patient’s needs. When you first meet with your surgeon, you will discuss your goals and preferences. A surgeon will provide you with recommendations and solutions designed specifically for you.
Liposuction is a less invasive surgical procedure that targets excess fat. Sometimes, liposuction might ensure sufficient results that will eliminate the need for abdominoplasty. Fat deposits on the flanks are a good example. However, for liposuction, patients need good skin elasticity. Otherwise, removing the fat will cause saggy skin that can be handled only with an additional surgery.
Important: if you are significantly overweight, you might be asked to work on your weight first, and then undergo a tummy tuck.
As at SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, we have a department specializing in the bariatric weight loss surgery. Our male patients that come in for the tummy tuck procedure are typically those who lost a lot of weight. In that case, we might perform a complementary liposuction prior to the tummy tuck in order to improve the results.
Will I Be Able to Work Out After a Tummy Tuck?
We understand that for many men quick recovery and the ability to return to the gym as soon as possible after the surgery is a big concern. The recovery after a tummy tuck takes time and you have to be patient in order to avoid complications. The good news is that you can walk right after the procedure. Walking will help prevent blood clots in your legs.
Workouts are possible within 4-6 weeks after the surgery and after an examination by your surgeon. However, you should skip heavy abs exercises for a while apart from crunches with bent knees. Full recovery will take about 3-4 months.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer tummy tuck for men in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Buckhead, and the surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.