Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Growing numbers of men are opting for tummy tucks (known as abdominoplasty) to improve their appearance and increase their self-confidence.

Abdominoplasty aims to flatten your stomach by removing excess skin and fat.

You may have been left with folds of skin due to weight loss, or it could be a stubborn area that you have been unable to shift with diet or exercise. Whatever the reason, abdominoplasty could give you back a slimmer, firmer and more defined stomach shape.

Find out more about abdominoplasty for men below. For more information about abdominoplasty for women, please click here.

What to expect

Before abdominoplasty surgery

When you meet with your consultant you can discuss the changes you are hoping to achieve. The consultant will explain the results you can expect from the surgery and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the procedure before going ahead.

Your abdominoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, and the surgery typically takes between two and four hours.

During the surgery, incisions are made across the lower abdomen and around the tummy button. Excess skin and fat may be removed and stretched or torn muscles are pulled together and stitched in place. The remaining skin is then pulled down and a new hole is made for your tummy button.  

After abdominoplasty surgery

You will stay in hospital for a night or two. You may feel sore and uncomfortable initially and it will take about a week to walk fully upright. You will be fitted with special dressings, effective in reducing scaring and supportive clothing.

You will need to plan time off work so that you can recover at home. Recover times depend on the individual but you can typically return to exercise after six weeks.

Your final check-up with your consultant is usually two months after surgery, although further after-care appointments are available, at no extra charge, if required.

You will be left with some scaring which will stay numb. If you maintain a healthy weight, your skin shouldn’t stretch again and your new body shape will last.

How can I find out more about abdominoplasty surgery for men?
  • Call to speak in confidence to an experienced cosmetic treatment adviser on 02392 456172
  • You can send us an email at info@spireportsmouth.com and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have
  • Alternatively coming along to a free Cosmetics Open Evening and meet some of the consultants and see the clinic

Who will do my surgery?

At the Portsmouth Cosmetic clinic you can choose the consultant you wish to be treated by. They will be the one that you see at your consultation appointments, they will carry out your surgery and they will provide your after-care with the support of a cosmetic nurse.

What are the risks?

A full abdominoplasty is a major operation and you must be prepared for the process and recovery period.  Most patients are delighted with the physical and cosmetic improvements that abdominoplasty brings. Your consultant will explain the results you can expect from the surgery and discuss the associated risks before going ahead. 


Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) typically costs £5,100