A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure where excess skin is removed from the abdomen. It can often be coupled with a liposuction treatment as well, which simultaneously removes fatty tissue from underneath the skin.
This operation is favoured when a person has lost a lot of weight and the skin has becomes stretched beyond the capacity of its natural elasticity. It can no longer ‘bounce back’ to its former shape. As this can often be the case for women following pregnancy, it has previously been a popular procedure for women. This however, is not always the case. In both the UK and the US, there has been an increase in the number of men approaching plastic surgeons to undergo this type of procedure as well.
What to do if you’re male and thinking about a tummy tuck
If you are male, have lost weight and are struggling to shift the ‘spare tyre’ around your midriff, it might be worth talking to the experts. Researching surgeons who are experienced in both male and female tummy tucks is a sensible starting point. They will book you in for a consultation and you’ll be able to understand what options are best for you and what the next steps will be.
Generally the first steps will be non-surgical, so be prepared to consider a first phase that contains changes to your diet and exercise routine, rather that heading straight for the operating theatre.
It is also important to set realistic expectations. If you are carrying stubborn pockets of fat then these will not be shifted by an abdominoplasty procedure, it is likely that you may have to consider a male liposuction treatment too.
Putting it into context
The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) compiles an annual statistical review of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK. While the 2016 figures are yet to be released showing the split between genders, according to the 2015 figures abdominoplasty operations made it into the top 10 surgical producers selected by men.
So if you’re considering this type of procedure, have already explored dietary and exercise solutions and want to talk it through with the experts, arrange to speak to Mr Alan Park and his team and you will be booked in for an initial consultation.