Answers to Your Male Tummy Tuck Questions
A tummy tuck removes excess skin from your abdomen and tightens the underlying muscles. See our Q&A section below to help you decide if male tummy tuck surgery is for you:
Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure that suctions fat cells from below your skin. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and repairs/tightens the abdominal muscles that have lost their firmness. Liposuction requires no incision beyond the small marks where the cannula is inserted, and hence does not leave a scar.
If you have dieted and exercised and attained your target weight range but still have loose skin around your abdomen, a tummy tuck is recommended to remove the excess skin. Especially men who have undergone severe weight loss can benefit from a tummy tuck. If your skin retains a lot of elasticity, you may be fine with having just liposuction to remove unwanted fat. For more on fat removal with liposuction, visit our Aqualipo page.
The ideal candidates for a male tummy tuck are men who are in relatively good physical shape but unhappy with an excess of skin in the abdominal area. Whether this is caused by substantial weight loss or the aging process, a male tummy tuck can remove that extra skin that no amount of exercise or dieting can remove. You’re not an ideal candidate if you’re simply looking for a way to lose weight. Neither liposuction nor tummy tuck procedures are weight loss treatments.
A tummy tuck does involve a horizontal scar that typically sits low below your beltline. Your plastic surgeon will ensure that it remains well hidden even when wearing a swimsuit. A mini tummy tuck results in a shorter scar than a full tummy tuck.
Not only can you combine a male tummy tuck with liposuction, both procedures are natural complements of each other. Such a combined procedure is also called a lipoabdominoplasty. While the liposuction – at NuBody Concepts, we use Aqualipo® – is used to remove extra pockets of fat from your abdomen, the tummy tuck surgery removes excess flaps of skin that prevent your stomach from looking flat, even if you’ve lost substantial weight. Call us to schedule a consultation to determine whether a male tummy tuck or Aqualipo or a combination of the two is best to achieve your body contouring goals.
With a fine-tuned combination of IV sedation with local anesthesia, our plastic surgery team is able to significantly reduce your recovery time versus patients who undergo general anesthesia. Most of our tummy tuck patients are back at work after one week, depending on their job. You will need to abstain from exercise and heavy lifting for a minimum of two weeks after tummy tuck surgery.
A tummy tuck begins with an incision in the lower abdomen below the belt line. this incision is shorter for a mini tummy tuck, and slightly longer for a full tummy tuck.
In a full or standard tummy tuck, excess skin and fat around the abdomen is removed and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. A standard tummy tuck can remove much more extra skin and addresses loose muscles from significant weight gain followed by weight loss.
During a mini tummy tuck, your surgeon primarily tightens the skin of the lower abdomen. It is a good option for men who have lost weight and now have extra loose skin around the beltline.
To determine whether a mini or full tummy tuck is best for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our expert plastic surgeon. He will evaluate your body and assess your individual goals to get you the trim look you want.