A tummy tuck is a popular procedure that is becoming more common in the male demographic. With the number of weight loss surgeries on the rise, more men than ever before are choosing a tummy tuck to tighten and tone their midsection.
An ideal male candidate for a tummy tuck is someone in good medical health who has realistic expectations of what the procedure can and cannot accomplish. Further, the individual will be at his ideal body weight. Not everyone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. For example, a tummy tuck will not improve the appearance of the mid-section of men with large amounts of intra-abdominal fat located around their organs. These individuals may benefit from diet and exercise and may even consider weight loss surgery.
With most tummy tuck procedures, the abdominal muscles will be tightened and the excess skin removed. The incision is in the lower part of the abdomen, typically below the beltline. Some men may require additional liposuction to the waist to improve the love handles. Other men may opt to have an etching of the skin to give the appearance of a “six-pack” or V-lines. Dr. Tantawi can also combine laser abdominal procedures to help you achieve your goals.
Dr. Tantawi would be happy to discuss a tummy tuck procedure to meet your goals. Schedule a consult today.
What Should You Expect on a Tummy Tuck Consultation?
Your board-certified plastic surgeon will provide a comprehensive and personalized consultation which includes detailed patient history, physical examination, treatment options, and before and after photos. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will work to tailor your procedure according to your desires and goals for the tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
What happens during tummy tuck surgery?
During tummy tuck surgery, your plastic surgeon will work diligently to remove the extra skin and fat of the abdomen and repair the separation of your abdominal muscles. Liposuction may be added to contour the abdomen and flanks if needed.
What should you expect after tummy tuck surgery?
After surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment, which will be worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery to help with reducing swelling. You may feel some pain or discomfort, but most patients are able to manage post-procedure pain or discomfort with just a few days of pain medications.
You will be bent at the waist while standing or lying down for 7-10 days after surgery to protect the incision and to allow for your skin to adapt. After this time, you will be able to stand up straight. If a drain is placed, then it will be removed as soon as the output is low enough (usually in 1-2 weeks).
What is the recovery after tummy tuck surgery?
You can walk the day of surgery. In fact, most plastic surgeons encourage patients to walk three times the day of surgery to improve blood circulation to keep the risk of blood clots in the legs to a minimum. However, running or lifting should be avoided for six weeks after the procedure.
Patients typically return to work in approximately two weeks. The bruising will subside in a couple of weeks, and the swelling will continue to diminish until approximately three months post-procedure. The scars will continue to heal and will become thinner and lighter in color at around 12-18 months.
What are the risks of tummy tuck surgery?
As with any surgery, there is a small risk of bleeding and infection. Great care is taken to ensure that these risks are kept to the absolute minimum with meticulous surgical technique. In addition, there is a small risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs.
Due to this risk, compression boots on your calves during surgery are placed to help circulation, and a low dose of blood thinner may be used. Adequate hydration and ambulation are also important to lower the risk of blood clots after surgery.
What are some long-term considerations after a tummy tuck?
Not necessarily. This will depend on the extent of internal surgery that is required.