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Tummy Tuck for Men: Shaping up after Weight Loss

More men are beginning to appreciate the value of cosmetic surgery to address their aesthetic concerns. According to the report published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, around 4,000 tummy tucks were done on male patients in 2020. The majority of these patients are men that lost a great deal of weight either naturally or after undergoing weight loss surgery.

After losing a significant amount of weight, patients often find they have another challenge: loose skin in the stomach area. Most of the time, patients discover that neither diet, nor targeted workouts help resolve this issue, and many decide to undergo a tummy tuck.

Choosing a highly-skilled cosmetic surgeon will be one of the first things you will need to do after deciding on a tummy tuck. It is important to do your research on the surgeon, read reviews, check out their credentials, and set up a consultation. Ask the surgeon if they can show you abdominoplasty pictures of men before and after. This way you can get an idea of what you can expect from surgery by looking at these images.

What Is the Difference Between a Male Tummy Tuck and a Female One?

Both sexes can benefit from a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and provide a flatter younger looking physique. The surgery to address excess skin and fat is almost identical for both male and female patients but the reasons for the surgery will be different.

Men tend to gather fat in the area just behind the belly button and just in front of their stomachs. They usually end up with loose skin on their abdomens after undergoing significant weight loss while females tend to experience loose skin after post-pregnancy weight loss.

A tummy tuck for men and women alike will involve a horizontal incision just above the pubic area and possibly a vertical incision depending on the nature of the correction needed. The surgeon will strive to place incisions to minimize the appearance of scars.

Men may choose to undergo a full or a mini male abdominoplasty to correct the loose skin that has accumulated in their abdominal area and remove unwanted fat pockets.

While performing a tummy tuck on a male, the surgeon will keep the male anatomy in mind avoiding excess tension and additional sutures on the muscles that could create feminine-looking narrowing in the midline and take care to preserve the natural-looking masculine appearance.

Do I Need a Liposuction before a Tummy Tuck?

Each patient is unique and a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon will help determine how best to meet your goals and preferences and then provide recommendations and solutions designed specifically for you.

Liposuction is a less invasive surgical procedure that targets excess fat and may provide sufficient results eliminating the need for abdominoplasty, i.e. fat deposits on the flanks. Liposuction works best on patients with good skin elasticity and will not be sufficient on those with inadequate elasticity as removing fat will create additional saggy skin that can only be eliminated through surgery.

Many surgeons will use liposuction and perform repairs to the abdominal muscles during a tummy tuck. Liposuction usually aims to accentuate their “six-pack” while providing a more toned flat stomach is the goal in a female patient.

It is important to note that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure and surgeons typically require patients to be close to their ideal weight before undergoing surgery.

Will I Be Able to Work Out After a Tummy Tuck?

After a male tummy tuck, your body will need time to recover before you can safely resume your normal workout routine. Attempting to do too much too quickly can compromise your recovery and may cause complications such as wound separation, infection, blood clots, scar tissue abnormalities, etc. These types of complications can be detrimental to the overall results of your surgery.

Usually, patients are cleared by their surgeon and are able to begin workouts 4-6 weeks after surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will advise you as to when you can safely begin performing exercises that strenuously work the abdominal muscles.

What Is The Cost Of A Tummy Tuck For Men?

The cost for surgery will vary by patient and the extent of the procedure. Abdominoplasty that requires repair to stretched or torn abdominal muscles typically costs more and while more typical for female patients is sometimes required during a male tummy tuck too.

The total cost of a tummy tuck for men will depend on the nature of the surgery, the type of the surgery being done, the surgeon, geographical location, and possibly other factors.

Recent statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons report that $6,154 is the average base cost of a tummy tuck. This cost does not include other fees such as:

  • Fees for anesthesia;
  • Fees for the surgical facility or hospital;
  • Any required medical tests;
  • Post-surgery compression garments;
  • Medication or prescriptions;
  • Fee for the surgeon.

To get an idea of how much a male tummy tuck costs in Atlanta, Georgia, check out our convenient pricing tool!

At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, we offer a wide range of cosmetic procedures for men that can help our male patients with body sculpting, skin rejuvenation, reducing the visible signs of aging, and much more.

Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer tummy tucks for men in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Buckhead, and the surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.

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