What is a male tummy tuck?

When men are considering surgery to gain a flatter stomach, there are two surgical options. A male tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove excess abdominal skin while tightening the abdominal muscles, while liposuction removes fatty tissue which has gathered in certain areas.

A tummy tuck is not a way to lose weight. In fact, the best male candidates for surgery are within several pounds of their ideal weight. Often a tummy tuck is performed in conjunction with liposuction to reduce fat on the waist or ‘love handles’. When compared to the female tummy tuck, the male tummy tuck focuses more on a firm and flat abdomen rather than the curves. If you would like to know more about male tummy tucks, give our London clinic a call and we can arrange a consultation.

Karidis offer expert cosmetic surgery and aftercare in London, from some of the best, most highly skilled medical professionals. Our male tummy tuck before and after images highlight our exceptional results.

Quick Reference

Surgery Time

150 minutes

Anaesthesia Used


Hospital Stay


Pre Admission Test

Blood test, MRSA, +/- ECG

Up and About

Same day


14 days


2 weeks


3-4 weeks

Time off Work

10-14 days

FAQs for Male Tummy Tuck

When many think of a tummy tuck, thoughts can turn to the popularity amongst women who find that they have excess skin on the stomach post-pregnancy.

However, men can also benefit from a tummy tuck, especially after weight loss when they find that their skin in the stomach area has become much looser. Even with diet and intensive exercise, the loose skin can remain, causing distress and embarrassment, with no six-pack possible.

Men’s weight can also yo-yo as they get older, with the ‘dad bod’ referring to the decrease in tone often seen in middle-aged men.

Exercise and diet will get rid of fat, but it can’t remove the excess skin after weight loss, so in this case, surgery is the best option. The male tummy tuck tightens the muscles and removes excess skin, leaving a flatter, trimmer stomach.

There are so many benefits that you will experience post-surgery. These include:

  • A boost in self-esteem
  • The confidence to wear fitted clothes, without covering up with a jacket or jumper
  • Turning back the clock and regaining a more youthful body
  • The confidence to go swimming and on beach holidays
  • A better posture with tighter muscles now supporting the spine

Post-surgery there is considerable bruising that will usually disappear after 3 weeks. Your belly button will also be distorted for the first few months. A scab will develop, which will separate from the new skin underneath after 3-4 weeks.

There will be some distortion of skin around the resulting scar, especially if the scar is in the hip area.

The obvious swelling will go down after a month, but subtle swelling can still be present in the lower abdominal areas for up to 6 months.

You should also expect the feeling in the skin over the lower abdomen to be reduced after a tummy tuck as a result of nerve trauma during surgery. This feeling should return after a few months as you heal. Occasionally, permanent numbness can occur, just between the scar and the belly button.

Sometimes a mini-abdominoplasty can be performed and this is often the choice for men who have loose skin in the lower abdominal area – the area from the belly button downwards.

In this case, the patient will have little or no excess fat as well as good muscle and skin tone above the belly button. It is worth noting that although it is called a mini-abdominoplasty, the scar is still large in size.

If there is a modest amount of excess fat, the mini-abdominoplasty can be done alongside liposuction.

In Mr Karidis’s experience, very few patients are suitable for a mini tummy tuck.

As the phrase ‘tummy tuck’ is so familiar, you could be mistaken in thinking that it is a simple surgical procedure. However, it is a major operation requiring two hours under general anaesthesia in the operating theatre. A large incision is made from just above the pubic area, from hip to hip. The skin is disconnected from the tissue, cutting away any excess skin.

As with all surgery, there are risks of complications and infection.

On the other hand, the major surgery provides an advantage, because it enables the entire abdominal wall to be tightened, resulting in a flatter tummy and consequential benefits. After you have got rid of that excess skin, you can finally get started working on that six-pack in the gym!

At Karidis Clinic, we have no set price as you will be treated on an individual basis. After your consultation, you will be given a detailed breakdown, including routine post-operative care and no hidden costs.

For more information on what our surgical fees cover, please click here.