Male Tummy tuck surgery

Male tummy tuck surgery is unique as it involves modifications of the traditional tummy tucks performed on females. Whereas females often seek tummy tucks following childbirth, they trend towards requiring a tightening of their stretched out muscles. In contrast, men typically do not experience muscle diastasis since they do not experience a major increase in intra-abdominal volume such as observed during pregnancy. A minority who have had extreme weight gain may need muscle tightening. The muscle tightening though is also performed quite differently than in females. For example, in females the muscle tightening is differentially accomplished with the muscles above the belly button tightened more aggressively than below the belly button. This is done to create a more feminine curved contour line with the upper belly concave and the lower belly slightly convex. In contrast, in men, a more straight-line appearance is desired such that the upper belly is tightened the same amount as the lower abdomen. As such the tightening of the upper abdomen is performed at the same gauge as the lower abdomen to avoid convexity of the lower abdomen. In summary, we must remember that most men do not require muscle plication at all!

Incision line placement is critical in men as they typically do not want to have others know that they have had cosmetic work done. As such the incision lines must be limited in length and low on the abdomen. This is so that the incisions can be hidden in their underwear, swimming trunks, and shorts as men often like to go shirtless. In addition, the incision lines should be made as straight lines instead of smiley lines seen females. The low incision line also helps with pubic fullness that is often a concern of men. Finally, a limited incision prohibits wrapping incision lines around the flanks thus requiring a minimally invasive technique for skin tightening such as Renuvion.

Finally, men desire a quick recovery and muscle highlights. Since most men do not require muscle repair or plication, they avoid major pain related to tummy tuck surgery. Furthermore, avoidance of muscle plication limits undermining and allows for abdominal etching to provide them muscle highlights. Using our modified high definition tummy tuck protocol, male patients can now undergo a male tummy tuck that achieves their goals of a quick recovery and muscle highlights. Other modifications to the traditional tummy tuck involve being less aggressive with skin resection thus minimizing tension on the incision line that will ensure a well-healed surgical incision line and make recovery less painful.

In summary, male tummy tuck surgery is unique to the traditional tummy tuck surgery designed for females. It has alternative goals and modified procedures to achieve these milestones.


Male tummy tuck surgery requires the creation of a masculinized male abdomen that is depicted by the elimination of both excess fat and skin redundancy and the creation of a square contour with abdominal highlights.


Male tummy tuck surgery can be performed in 2 hours.


Male tummy tuck surgery can be performed only under general anesthesia.

Place of Treatment

Surgical suite

Side Effects

Residual contour irregularities


Male tummy tuck surgery patients will require two weeks of recovery prior to returning to non-physical work.

Duration of Outcomes

Male tummy tuck surgery will traditionally provide permanent results as long as patients do not undergo major weight gain.


This surgery refers to an advancement in surgical algorithms wherein the male tummy is made more masculine and square in appearance rather than feminine and curvy during traditional tummy tuck surgery.

You are a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery if you are a man desiring a more chiseled abdominal appearance to achieve a six-pack.

First, your abdomen will be examined to check the degree of fat excess, skin redundancy, and muscle integrity that will guide your customized surgical plan. In addition, your health status will be evaluated and your laboratory values checked. Your nutrition will also be optimized to prepare you for surgery.

The most common concern following male tummy tuck surgery is to have contour irregularities related to skin redundancy. All efforts are made to ensure that skin redundancy will be eliminated by either tucking of the abdominal skin as well as minimally invasive skin tightening with Renuvion J plasma. Rarely, patients may require revision surgery to excise any residual redundancy.

Tummy tuck surgery for men is performed using VASER ultrasound-assisted liposuction that allows for not only removal of fatty tissues but as well as strategic skin excision that allows for the removal of redundant skin but also avoids abdominal skin compromise of blood flow.

Male tummy tuck surgery recovery is tolerable with minimal to moderate pain especially when muscle repair is not required. Patient’s will find themselves dressed in customized compression garments. Garments should be worn for at least two weeks. Patients will typically be allowed to return to the gym and full physical activity at four weeks.

Male tummy tuck surgery utilizes a limited incision line that is placed low and within the hip bones.

There are negligible scars following male tummy tuck surgery since the resection of skin is performed conservatively so that the tension on the incision line is minimized

You can typically return home following male tummy tuck surgery unless more extensive surgeries are being performed synchronously.


Whether or not your muscles are repaired during male tummy tuck surgery is dependent on whether the muscles have stretched out or not. Most men who have not experienced severe weight gain will not require muscle repair.

Since an incision line and belly button re-insetting is needed during male tummy tuck surgery you should wait a minimum of 3 weeks prior to initiating physical activity.

You will notice an improvement in your abdominal appearance right away following male tummy tuck surgery. You will notice a total transformation of your abdominals even the day after surgery but will observe generalized swelling set in at 1 week that will resolve after 1 month following surgery.

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