Growing numbers of men are opting for tummy tucks or abdominoplasty to improve their appearance and increase their self-confidence. A tummy tuck flattens your stomach by tightening your abdominal muscles and it can help give you a big confidence boost.
If you've been left with excess folds of skin after losing a lot of weight quickly or simply due to the ageing process, this operation could be right for you.
Many men are now choosing to have this procedure because they’re self-conscious about the loose skin that has developed around their stomach as they age. Some have made a big effort to lose their belly only to find that, once the fat has gone, a lot of excess skin is left behind.
For most, this operation is about regaining shape and feeling confident about your body again. In fact, it's best if you have achieved your target weight before having a tummy tuck as it is not a weight-loss procedure.
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You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
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We understand that surgery can be a cause of anxiety that’s why our experienced and caring medical staff will be there for you every step of the way.
During the operation you will be put under a general anaesthetic. There are several types of tummy tuck and your doctor will help you choose the one that's right for you:
Suitable if you only have a little excess skin. Your surgeon will only need to make a small cut just above the pubic area to remove the excess skin and your belly button won't be disturbed. This usually takes about an hour.
This may be the best option if you only need to have the muscles of your abdominal wall tightened. Your surgeon will make small cuts and use special surgical instruments to tighten the muscles. This procedure usually takes around an hour.
This is the best option if you have a lot of excess skin. A cut will be made between the hips, fat may be removed using liposuction, your belly button will be freed and loose muscles pulled and stitched together. Sometimes the doctor will need to reconstruct your belly button and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. This usually takes around two hours.
Sometimes your surgeon may suggest liposuction in addition to the abdominoplasty. Where liposuction is performed in conjunction with any other cosmetic procedure, our policy is that we will remove no more than a maximum of 2000ml of aspirate (fat and fluid) from all areas combined. With the Fleur-de-Lys abdominoplasty (where a vertical as well as a horizontal incision is made), no liposuction can be performed.
The amount of scarring you are left with will depend on your skin type, overall health and the type of procedure you have but abdominal scars can normally be hidden.
You will usually stay in hospital from one to four nights, though many people only need to stay in for a night.
After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
You will feel some pain and swelling around your tummy immediately after the operation. This is normal and your symptoms should start to improve within a few weeks.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
When you get home you’ll need to take things easy at first. Arrange at least a week off work and you should gradually be able to return to normal activity within four to six weeks. Light activity should be comfortable after around two weeks but you shouldn't do anything too active - like go to the gym or take an exercise class - for around six weeks.
You will be asked to keep your knees and hips bent when resting, to take the strain off the stitches. A corset will also help reduce pain and swelling in the first month.
There will be visible scars and you may feel that your tummy looks unnatural at first, but this is almost always temporary. Everyone is different but you should start to look and feel better within a few months. Your surgeon will talk to you about the results that are likely to be realistic for you and what you should expect after surgery.
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. You should also ask them if they can run some light errands, such as shopping and cleaning, as you won’t feel up to it at first.
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. After a tummy tuck our consultants will typically want to see you after your procedure to see how you are doing, a date for an appointment will be made for you before you leave hospital.
On rare occasions, complications can occur following surgery. The chance of complications depends on the exact type of operation you are having and other factors such as your general health. We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you have any questions or concerns, we’re ready to help.
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