Male Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty surgery - remove excess fat and create a smoother, firmer stomach profile

The Polyclinic Plastic Surgery Center in Seattle provides a safe and effective abdomen reduction procedure for men, also known as abdominoplasty surgery or male tummy tuck—a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and trims the waistline.   Get the flattened and well-toned abdomen you've been missing—learn more below and schedule a consultation today with our award-winning surgeons.

What is a male tummy tuck (abdomen reduction surgery)?

A full abdominoplasty (or "tummy tuck") may be chosen by men who have hanging abdominal skin (usually the result of massive weight loss), loose abdominal muscles and/or neglected hernias. It is a major surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and trims the waistline.

Another procedure option is the male mini tummy tuck, designed for contour problems without as much loose skin as the full abdominoplasty.  It is a popular option for men between 40-50 seeking to return to their abdominal firmness.

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve your goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include—aging, heredity, prior surgery, or significant fluctuations in weight.

Quick Facts

  • The male tummy tuck procedure is common by men & women after significant weight loss or post pregnancy

  • There are various degrees of abdominoplasty surgery—full, mini, and extended male tummy tucks

  • A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised

  • Tummy tuck definition: a surgical procedure to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen

  • Depending on how physically demanding your job is, you may be ready to return to work after 2 to 4 weeks

What is the difference between a full and mini abdominoplasty?

A full tummy tuck improves both the upper and lower abdomen whereas a mini only addresses the lower stomach area under the belly button but does permit liposuction and muscle tightening on the upper stomach to be performed at the same time.

Similar to a full tummy tuck, the mini version removes excess fat and skin.  However, the mini tummy tuck is less invasive; it is meant primarily for contour problems; and it mainly addresses the loose skin and/or fat deposits in the lower abdomen.  A mini male tummy tuck includes a shorter, less involved procedure, a smaller incision,  and a quicker recovery.

A classic or full male tummy tuck addresses the full length of the abdominal wall;  has a longer recovery time, and the resulting scar runs from hip bone to hip bone, but can easily be hidden by your cloths below the waist line.

The full abdominoplasty addresses the upper & lower abdomen, whereas the mini tummy tuck addresses the area under the belly button.

What are the benefits of abdomen reduction surgery?

  • Flat and well-toned abdomen
  • Trimmer waistline
  • Improved body proportions
  • Elimination of hanging abdominal skin as a result of massive weight loss
  • Repair of a neglected hernia
  • Tightened ab muscles
  • A better fit in clothing
  • Restored self-confidence and self-esteem

Who is an ideal candidate ?

An ideal male candidate for a male 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.

TEchnique Options

What are the different procedure techniques available?  

There are several techniques to perform tummy tuck surgery. The particular technique best for you will be based upon your anatomy and aesthetic goals. 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 belt line. Some men may require additional liposuction to the waist to improve the love handles.  *Source

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Full Tummy Tuck

Are you bothered by roundness and/or excess skin folds above and below your belly button? A full or "classic" tummy tuck, which addresses the full length of the abdominal wall, may yield the best results. Through a horizontal or U-shaped incision, made above the pubic mound, your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. In some cases, a second incision is made around the navel to address excess skin above the belly button and achieve the most natural looking results.

The resulting scar from a full tummy tuck looks similar to that for a mini tummy tuck, but will typically be longer, running from hip bone to hip bone. Even so, a full tummy tuck scar can usually be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. *

Mini Tummy Tuck

Are you mainly bothered by excess fat and/or loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button? A mini tummy tuck may be a good option for you. This technique involves a single incision made just above the pubic mound, through which your cosmetic surgeon will tighten loose muscles  and remove excess skin to restore a smooth, flat abdominal wall.

The resulting scar from a mini-tummy tuck is a thin, horizontal line that is typically just a few inches long. Benefits of a mini-tummy tuck include a shorter, less involved procedure, a quicker recovery, and a flatter, slimmer lower abdomen that looks better in swimsuits and fitted clothing*.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Have you lost a lot of weight and now have excess, sagging skin hanging around the front half of your body?  An extended tummy tuck may be the best option to address your concerns. Although it involves a longer incision, an extended tummy tuck removes excess, hanging skin from the front (upper and lower abdomen) and your flank/side, as well as tightens the abdominal wall.

The resulting scar from an extended tummy tuck can often be hidden by clothing but it may not be entirely covered for some patients. Even so, many patients consider some visible scarring a worthwhile price for a much improved body shape.*

Life after a tummy tuck procedure? 

The majority of tummy tucks can be performed as outpatient procedures, and patients go home a few hours after surgery. However, your cosmetic surgeon may require an overnight hospital stay after a more extensive tummy tuck so you can be safely monitored during the initial hours of your recovery. Because a tummy tuck involves surgery on the abdominal muscles, recovery after a tummy tuck takes more time than that for other procedures.

Expect to be sore and somewhat uncomfortable for the first week or so and spend the first few days resting quietly at home, although you will be encouraged to get up and walk around the house to maintain healthy circulation. It is not uncommon for patients to have drains temporarily placed in the incisions to help remove fluid after surgery. If this is the case for you, your cosmetic surgeon will give you detailed instructions for keeping the area clean and well-maintained until their removal a few days following surgery.

How do I keep my results looking their best?

The improvements made during a tummy tuck are meant to last—abdominal muscles will remain firmer and tighter and the excess skin will not return. However, future  weight gain can negatively affect your results, causing the muscles or skin to stretch back out and become lax after returning to your normal weight. Getting on a healthy diet and workout regiment is recommended to maintain the results achieved from your tummy tuck procedure.  

When performed by our award-winning cosmetic surgeons, a tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure, helping you enjoy a slimmer, more youthful body that looks and feels better every day.

How much does a male tummy tuck cost?

The cost of a male tummy tuck varies because each patient requires a different amount of work and a personalized approach. Our surgeons customize each  male tummy tuck procedure so no two are the same. We will give you a personalized quote for our services once we examine you during your private consultation. Our office can help provide options for financing, should you require assistance in that area.

As men's interest in plastic surgery & cosmetic improvements increases into the 21st century, we strive to provide quality options to meet their unique needs with  customized care, surgical excellence, and full aesthetic support.  

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