A male abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a “Tummy Tuck” for men, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the abdominal area in males. This procedure may help change abdominal appearance in some individuals. It is typically performed to address excess abdominal fat, loose skin, and separated abdominal muscles.
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- How to assess if you are a good candidate.
- Planning for your surgery
- Answers to most frequently asked questions.
- Before and after gallery
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Am I a Possible Candidate for Male Abdominoplasty Surgery?
Generally a possible candidate for male Abdominoplasty is someone who;
- Has excess abdominal fat
- Has loose skin in the abdominal area
- Is in good health
- Has maintained a stable weight
- Does not smoke, or is willing to quit smoking
- Has realistic expectations
- Suffers from weakened or separated abdominal muscles
Ultimately the decision to undergo a male abdominoplasty is a personal one and it should be made after careful consideration and consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will assess your individual case and discuss whether this procedure is appropriate for you, along with any potential risks and benefits. It is important to prioritise safety and have realistic expectations when considering cosmetic surgery.
Reasons for Male Abdominoplasty Surgery
Some of the potential reasons patients would choose Male Abdominoplasty Surgery include;
- Changed Abdominal shape : Male Abdominoplasty may help create a flatter abdominal profile by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the underlying muscles.
- Muscle Repair: The procedure can address Diastasis Recti, a condition where the abdominal muscles become separated or weakened, by tightening and repairing these muscles. This not only helps with the appearance of the abdomen but can also change core strength and posture.
- Physical Comfort: In some cases, individuals with excess skin or diastasis recti may experience physical discomfort or back pain. Abdominoplasty may alleviate these discomforts by addressing the underlying issues.
While there are many potential reasons, Male Abdominoplasty Surgery is not without risks and should be considered carefully. The results can vary from person to person, and it is essential to have a thorough consultation with a fully qualified and certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your specific case, goals and any potential risks or complications associated with the procedure. Additionally maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet and exercise, is crucial for sustaining the benefits of an Abdominoplasty long term.
What to Expect During Surgery
Although every surgery is tailored to the patient’s needs, the steps are generally as follows;
Anaesthesia: The surgery begins with the administration of General Anaesthesia. Your surgeon and Anaesthetist team will discuss the details of this with you prior to surgery.
Incisions: The surgeon will make incisions in the abdominal area. The location and length of these incisions will depend on the extent of correction needed. Typically, an incision is made just above the pubic area. In more extensive cases, additional incisions may be made to address excess skin and tissue on the flanks or sides of the abdomen.
Muscle Repair: If you have Diastasis Recti (separated or weakened abdominal muscles), the surgeon will repair and tighten these muscles.
Skin and Fat Removal: Excess skin and fat are removed from the abdominal area. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat and sculpt the area.
Skin Tightening: The remaining skin is stretched and repositioned to create a smoother and firmer appearance.
Incision Closure: The incisions are closed using sutures.
Drains and Dressings: In some cases your surgeon may place drains under the skin to collect excess fluids which can help reduce swelling and promote healing. Dressings and bandages may be applied to protect the incisions.
Compression Garments: After the surgery you will be fitted with a compression garment or abdominal binder. This helps reduce swelling, provides support to the newly contoured area, and promotes proper healing.
Recovery and Observation: Following the surgery you will be taken to a recovery area where medical staff will monitor your condition. It is common to experience discomfort and pain medication will be provided to manage any post-operative pain.
Remember that the specifics of the procedure may vary based on individual cases and the surgical techniques used by your chosen Plastic Surgeon. It is important to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon before the surgery to understand what to expect and to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Risks and Complications
Male Abdominoplasty Surgery like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks and potential complications. It is essential to be aware of these risks and discuss them with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure. The specific risks can vary depending on individual factors and the techniques used, but here are some potential complications associated with male abdominoplasty:
- Skin irregularities
- Wound healing issues
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Anaesthesia risks
- Unsatisfactory results
- Changes in sensation
- Need for revision surgery
Patients can take steps to reduce the likelihood of complications by following their Surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions meticulously. Prior to the surgery, have a comprehensive consultation with your surgeon to discuss your medical history, expectations, and any concerns you may have.
All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of Male Abdominoplasty surgery, please visit the risks of surgery page.
Male Abdominoplasty Surgery recovery typically involves a period of rest and limited activity to allow for proper healing. Patients will need to take a few weeks off work to rest during the initial recovery period. It is essential to get up and move around gently to prevent blood clots, but you should not overexert yourself
Immediately after and in the initial weeks after surgery you may experience discomfort or pain, and your surgeon will provide pain medication to help manage this. Take the medication as prescribed.
Follow your Surgeon’s instructions for wound care, including keeping the incisions clean and dry. Be vigilant for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge from the incisions. Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery uses Healite, Fraxel Laser or Dermapen treatments to assist with the healing and minimisation of surgical scars.
Regular follow up appointments with the Surgeon are necessary to monitor healing and address any concerns or complications that may arise.
Remember that every patient’s recovery experience is unique, and it is essential to follow your Surgeon’s specific post-operative instructions. Open communication with your Surgeon and a commitment to your recovery plan will help ensure the best possible outcome.
How much is Male Abdominoplasty Surgery?
Our Surgeons customise every surgery to each patient, therefore, the price of surgery varies. However, your Surgeon can give you a price quote for surgery during your consultation. The quote you receive will have a cost breakdown, which will include; Surgeon’s fee, an Anesthetist fee, a Surgical Assistant fee, hospital fees (including a hospital stay) and more.
For information about payment options visit prices page .
Medicare will sometimes offer a rebate on some procedures. In most cases abdominoplasty procedures are not eligible for Medicare coverage when performed solely for cosmetic reasons.
Medicare primarily covers medically necessary procedures related to health conditions or reconstructive surgery. However, there can be exceptions for specific medical conditions or complications arising from massive weight loss.
To determine eligibility, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider and plastic surgeon who can assess your individual circumstances and establish if your Abdominoplasty qualifies for cover. Be prepared for potential out-of-pocket expenses even if partial coverage is granted.
Why Choose Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery?
Not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and testing qualifications. Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon, a General Surgeon, a Cosmetic Surgeon or other types of Surgeon.
Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon that performs surgery in an accredited hospital. Look for members of FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) memberships. ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) ASAPS (Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) or ISAPS (International Society Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) as some of the Qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon.
Dr Broughton Snell Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne.
Bachelor of Science (BSc)(Honours)
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)Honours)
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
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Mr Gary Kode Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964
MBCHB(Hons) – Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (honours)
FRCS(SA) – Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons
FRACS(Plast) Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Mr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.
With over 33 years of experience in Plastic Surgery, he has performed approximately 25,000 procedures, spanning various areas of the body.
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Dr Patrick Briggs, Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Melbourne MED0001537010
FRACS, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
FRCSI, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FRCS, Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons
Dr Patrick Briggs is an internationally trained, Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years’ experience.
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Our Abdominoplasty Surgeons, Dr Patrick Briggs, Mr Gary Kode and Dr Broughton Snell are all experienced, fully qualified specialist plastic surgeons with current FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) memberships.
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