Male Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty Surgery – For Men Melbourne
Male Abdominoplasty has become one of the most popular male plastic surgeries for men who have lost a significant amount of weight. Losing weight can result in excess loose skin that needs to be surgically excised.
What is a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty?
Plastic Surgery for Males
A Tummy Tuck is a term often used for the surgical procedure medically known as Abdominoplasty. The procedure focuses on removing stubborn fat and skin around the lower abdomen. This surgery is suitable for anyone; male, female or those that identify as another gender.
The loose skin, muscles, and fat layers are removed and/or tightened and positioned securely over the abdominal structures through this procedure. This gives the abdominal profile a more shaped appearance.
What is a Tummy Tuck/abdominoplasty?
Plastic Surgery for Males
A Tummy Tuck is a term often used for the surgical procedure medically known as Abdominoplasty. Basically, the procedure focuses on removing stubborn fat and skin around the lower abdomen.
This surgery is suitable for anyone; male, female or those that identify as another gender.
The loose skin, muscles, and fatty layers are removed and/or tightened and positioned securely over the abdominal structures through this procedure.
It is important to note that abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure, and candidates should be fully informed about the risks, reasons, and recovery process. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is recommended to determine if abdominoplasty is appropriate for an individual’s specific needs and goals.
Potential reasons for a Male Abdominoplasty
There are several potential reasons for a Abdominoplasty for men, including but not limited to:
- Removes excess tissues of the abdominal wall.
- Alters the appearance of the abdomen.
- Can improves both posture and balance.
- Can strengthen the abdominal wall
- Decreases the risk of having stress urinary incontinence.
Before and After Tummy Tuck/Male Abdominoplasty
See more Male Abdominoplasty patient before and after photos performed in Melbourne by Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs.
The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.
Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.
In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.
How is an Abdominoplasty performed?
After your surgeon goes over the steps of your procedure you will be taken to the operating theatre. Then, the anesthetist will administer anesthesia and the surgeon will prep the surgical site.
Next, Dr Briggs will create an incision on the lower part of your abdomen, near your pelvis and above your pubic hairline. The incision is an oval shape or curved line horizontally. This incision allows Dr Briggs to access the fat, muscles and skin of your abdomen. The length of the incision depends on how much fat and skin needs removing. Usually, there is a long incision from one side of the abdomen toward the other. This is necessary because the surgeon needs to peel the skin up to your upper abdomen.
If you have a large amount of excess skin and weak muscle, he will create another incision around the belly button. This is to smoothen the skin of the center and upper part of the abdomen. He will pull the skin taut, create a hole where the belly button should go and suture the belly button in place. Excess skin and fatty tissue are cut off and the skin is pulled taut on the abdomen.
Dr, Briggs will essentially place the muscles and underlying structures in shape and smoothing your skin over the tissues of the abdomen. He manipulates the skin, shapes the underlying muscles and fat to alter definition and covers the tissue with the skin. He will complete the surgery by suturing the skin in place.
Once complete you will be moved to recovery and will likely stay in hospital for a night or two, for observation and monitoring. You may have drains in place after the surgery though these are removed a few days after the procedure.
What are the Risks of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery?
Every surgery comes with a certain degree of risk and complications. This is one of the many reasons why its advisable to choose not only the right surgeon but also the right facility. Choosing the right surgeon can reduce the chance of risks and complications occurring, although risks are still possible.
The possible risks associated with the surgery include;
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Unfavorable scarring
- Excessive bleeding
- Infections can occur if stitches are not closed properly
- Poor wound healing
- Contour irregularities
- Persistent pain
- Allergic relations
All surgery contains risks, read more here.
Recovering after abdominoplasty
We said that this procedure only takes a few hours. While this is true, it is also a surgery with considerable reconstruction of your abdominal area. So, recovery will be extensive and take time.
After the surgery, you will have a compression dressing/garment.
The purpose of this type of dressing is that it puts both constant and stable pressure on the wound. This creates an optimal condition for healing. It also supports the muscles and skin, which Dr Briggs has tightened. The dressing will keep any strain from forming on the muscles while they heal. So, remember to change the dressing as instructed and wear any binder or belt your surgeon provides.
For any plastic surgery, the healing time is crucial because this is when your body is settling into its new shape. A well healed wound regains as high as 90% of the initial muscle strength, which determines how long the result will last. This is one of the reasons wearing a post-surgical binder/compression garment is a must.
Top Tips for Recovery after Male Abdominoplasty
Rest and Relax
- Remember, your muscles and skin are healing.
- After a major surgery like this, we advise bed rest for at least a week. Although, very slow, light walking is advised.
- The first couple of nights at home, ask a friend or relative to stay with you.
- Standing, walking or even sitting will be difficult because gravity and movement will pull at the stitches. In other words, you will need help.
- Don’t expose your skin to the sun or apply any other cream or gel except for that what Dr Briggs suggests.
- You don’t want to risk infection or rash.
- Take the painkillers, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and any other pills prescribed to you ensure there is no pain, infection or inflammation.
- Avoid taking any unnecessary medication.
- Drugs like aspirin can majorly harm your health after surgery; for example, it can create massive internal bleeding.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Smoking is also prohibited.
- To minimize visible scarring, make sure you don’t irritate the skin around the suture.
- Keep the site as clean and dry as possible.
- Do not scratch.
- Be careful when showering and dressing.
- Change the bandage when needed.
- Eat plenty of healthy food; fruit, vegetables and lean proteins.
- In order for your body to optimally repair itself you need to feed it optimal foods
- Vitamin and mineral rich foods can help your body heal and recover.
- Avoid processed foods and foods high in sodium.
- If you are not happy with how your scar, at a follow-up visit Dr Briggs may advise you on a number of additional scars management treatment options like;
- Skin needling
- Oil massages
- Fraxel laser
- Silicone strips & gels
- And, steroids.
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including so-called ‘scarless’ methods.
Plastic surgeons are cautious about scar placement and minimization, with surgical scars generally fading over time. That said, sometimes additional scar treatments can help, your surgeon will discuss these with you at your post-op appointments.
How much does a Male Tummy Tuck/abdominoplasty cost?
The cost of an abdominoplasty depends on a number of factors. The amount of work; which includes shaping, hernia repair, liposuction, the surgeon fees, the anesthetic costs, hospital stay etc.
As every patient has unique needs and expectations, the cost varies for every patient.
Apart from these, the cost of anesthesia and other medications, Operating Theatre and other facilities and services may also vary depending on the length and complexity of the surgery.
It is always a good idea to get an estimate on the costs before pursuing the surgery. If you attend a consultation with Dr Briggs he will discuss what you want and what your options are, then you will receive a quote for your surgery with a breakdown of the costs.
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Will health insurance pay for a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty?
Male abdominoplasty may be eligible for cover by Medicare. It depends on some strict criteria. Procedures that are only for aesthetic purposes are usually not under Medicare coverage.
You will need to discuss your elligibility with your surgeon to see if you meet the strict criteria.
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.
Both he and his team are dedicated to patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.
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