Abdominal Etching/Tummy Tuck

Male abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men. It trims and improves the appearance of your abdominal region by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying (rectus) muscles to leave you with a more sculpted abdomen.

Are You a Good Candidate?

You are a good candidate for male abdominoplasty if you are at or close to a good body weight but have excess weight around your midsection that diet and exercise doesn’t diminish. You can also benefit from male abdominoplasty if you have excess or loose skin as a result of extreme weight loss.

Your Consultation

Your first step will be to have a detailed consultation with Dr. MacDonald where she will listen to your goals and concerns and complete a careful examination. Then, she will discuss the treatment options that best address your concerns and particular situation.

Dr. MacDonald and her staff will:

  • Give you detailed information about the surgery and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have
  • Discuss potential risks of the procedure


An abdominoplasty is a day surgery procedure, meaning you go home the same day. It requires a general anaesthetic, so you need to complete a pre-operative questionnaire to ensure you are sufficiently healthy for surgery. You will be given instructions on what time to arrive and reminded not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. The surgery is approximately 3 hours and recovery time is 3 hours, so plan to spend the day at the hospital. You will be given a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics before leaving the hospital.


You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital and stay with you for the first few days. You have two small drains (tubes) in place when you leave the hospital and the nurse will show you how to care for them. Dr MacDonald will see you 3-5 days after surgery to determine if the drains are ready to come out. Do not shower until the drains are removed. All the sutures are dissolvable and wound care involves simply ointment and gauze. You will have a wrap or binder around your abdomen from the day of surgery and this is worn full-time until the healing is complete - 4-6 weeks.

If you have a very physical job, we recommended that you plan to have 4-6 weeks of healing time. If you have a fairly sedentary job, you may be able to return to work as early as 2-3 weeks. You need to avoid activities that may increase your blood pressure, i.e. running or lifting weights, until 6 weeks after surgery. You are encouraged to be out walking as soon after surgery as possible.


As in any surgery, risks include infection, scarring, delayed wound healing, or bleeding. Issues specific to this surgery are asymmetry, seroma, or numb skin. Complications in this procedure are relatively uncommon but will be discussed further at the time of consultation.


The surgery suited best for you will be discussed at the time of consultation and Dr MacDonald’s assistant will e-mail you a detailed cost breakdown..