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Male Abdominplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery

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.

Why consider Male Abdominoplasty Surgery?

Change Abdominal shape

Repair muscles

Remove excess skin

Alleviate back pain and improve posture

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:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Haematoma
  • Seroma
  • Scarring
  • Skin irregularities
  • Numbness
  • 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.

We also provide information on Medicare Cover and Private Health Insurance.

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.

Our Abdominoplasty Surgeons,  Dr 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.

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • Email us below or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment OR
  • A Referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or from your Medical Specialist is required (as of 1st July 2023).
  • A consultation with one of our surgeons is $300.00

Download the 2023 Abdominoplasty Surgery Guide

This complete guide to Abdominoplasty surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
  • Read more about Abdominoplasty Surgery

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Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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