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Male Tummy Tuck

Losing the battle with your midsection? Win the war with a waist-flattening abdominoplasty.

Male tummy tucks are exploding in popularity in New York City. See why.

Male tummy tuck in NYC

Men who wish to enhance abdominal definition, eliminate stubborn love handles, or have a flatter and more chiseled physique are choosing male tummy tuck surgery to tighten their cores.

One of the great myths in America is that diet and exercise can help anyone achieve a perfect body. The reality is that diet and exercise can take a person a long way, but there are circumstances where the skin and tissues have stretched so far that they can only be repaired with surgical assistance. Men who have had gastric bypass or who have lost an extreme amount of weight often find this to be true.

Dr. B. Aviva Preminger has extensive experience performing male plastic surgery in New York City, and the male tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures she is asked to perform.

Quick Facts

Procedure Length

2-4 hours (depending on extent of procedure)



In/Out Patient

Usually outpatient


Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry

Side Effects

Temporary swelling, bruising, tightness and some pain


Back at work in 2 weeks
Resume light exercise at 2 weeks
Resume strenuous activity at 6 weeks
8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve

Duration of Results

Can be permanent if diet and exercise are maintained

Naked torso of an athletic man.

Preparing for a tummy tuck in Manhattan

Dr. Preminger welcomes all patients to her office for a consultation to discuss goals and expectations for tummy tuck surgery. She will go over risks, procedural steps, and discuss recovery. Measurements will be taken and medical history will be covered. It is important to disclose family medical history and past conditions so the surgeon can take added steps to ensure your safety.

The best candidates for surgery have finished losing a lot of weight and are within 10% of their ideal BMI. However, individuals who are done trying to lose weight through diet and exercise can combine a male tummy tuck with liposuction for similar results. If your chief goals are to eradicate that little bit of excess skin and fat that you’ve suffered with for years, then male plastic surgery is an ideal solution.

The rate of complications for male tummy tuck is extremely low (0.02%). Certain patients are at an increased risk for pulmonary embolism (blood clots), which could travel to the lungs and interfere with breathing. Patients with diabetes, poor circulation, liver / heart / lung disease, or a history of blood clots have a higher risk of infection and adverse side effects. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, untreated high blood pressure, a history of chest pain, or erratic heartbeats have the highest risk for male plastic surgery.

A good surgeon like Dr. Preminger will do everything possible to mitigate these risks. For instance, it’s been found that having patients get up and walk around following surgery helps prevent blood clots. Wearing compression garments post-op is another preventative measure many plastic surgeons advocate.


Tummy tucks are done in our accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep for the entire operation. The surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours, depending on how much work is required. A complete abdominoplasty will give you an incision from hipbone to hipbone done at the pubic hair line. Dr. Preminger will then contour the skin, tissue, and muscle.

Drainage tubes may be placed beneath the skin to be removed in a few days. Mini abdominoplasty can be done using an endoscope, so a smaller incision is made. Dr. Preminger will discuss the procedure in greater detail at your individual consultation, since no two cases are exactly alike.

"Many of my male patients find that a tummy tuck inspires them to implement positive lifestyle changes now that they are well on their way to looking like their ideal selves."
B. Aviva Preminger, MD


Pain and swelling are a given, but you can minimize these symptoms by taking prescribed pain medication as directed. Soreness and fatigue are likely to persist for several weeks or even months as your body fully recovers. Most people are back to work in two to three weeks. Light exercise may be resumed at this time. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for six to eight weeks. Although you will notice improvement right away, full swelling should subside within three months when your new stomach will be ready for “the big reveal.”

In the months following tummy tuck surgery, it is common to experience numbness, which could take up to two years to resolve completely. Some patients report occasional twinges of pain in the abdomen or bouts of swelling, but this is perfectly normal. Alternately, constant, sharp pain or sudden bleeding episodes are cause for concern.

Here are a few tips for male tummy tuck recovery from Dr. Preminger:

  • Eat a high protein diet.
  • DO NOT smoke for at least a month.
  • Drink loads of fluids (16 cups/day) – especially water and juice.
  • Stop aspirin, herbal supplements, and anti-inflammatories for 2 weeks.
  • Purchase loose sweat pants for your recovery. Avoid snug waistbands.
  • TAKE IT EASY! Get books, DVDs, audiobooks – whatever it takes to chill out for a few weeks!
  • Walk in a slightly stooped position for the first week to avoid strain on the sutures.

When can you see the results of a male tummy tuck?

There will be a small, low-lying tummy tuck scar that will continue to fade over a period of roughly two years. Dr. Preminger gives her patients specific instructions on how to reduce the appearance of your scar further.

The results are visible within three months, once swelling subsides, and they are long-lasting, provided that you follow through with healthy eating and exercise to maintain a stable weight.

NYC Male Plastic Surgery

Dr. B. Aviva Preminger is an Ivy League educated, board-certified plastic surgeon who has trained at some of the most prestigious medical centers in New York City, including New York Presbyterian, Sloan-Kettering Memorial, Columbia University, and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Her plastic surgery prowess is so well-respected that she teaches students a course on ethics and publishes award-winning articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr. Preminger lends a compassionate ear and a skilled hand to help you achieve your aesthetic goals quickly and effectively. For an expert level of care, contact our office for a male tummy tuck consultation in her Park Avenue suite or call us at (212) 706-1900.

Request a consultation today.

Whether you are ready to jump right in or still have questions, we can help.

If you are ready to make a change to your appearance, choose the best plastic surgeon and cosmetic team for your procedure. Aviva Preminger, MD Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers intricate procedures to reshape the face, breasts and body, as well as rejuvenating treatments to look your best at every age.

Contact us today at our office in Manhattan to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Preminger and begin your journey to feeling and looking your best!

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