15 March 2010The number of men choosing tummy tucks to improve the appearance of their waistline has risen in the first two months of the year, according to a new study. Research carried out by The Harley Medical Group found that the number of men aged 35 or over choosing cosmetic surgery on their stomach increased by 55 per cent compared to last year, with 40 men undergoing the procedure in January and February this year compared to 26 the year before.The Express reports that many men are turning to surgery after losing weight naturally, as tummy tucks (also known as abdominoplasty) can remove excess skin and stubborn fat. As men enter middle age, development of abdominal fat becomes more common, which can present a risk to their health. Director of The Harley Medical Group, Liz Dale, explained: "Many of the 'man tuckers' are businessmen who have been on a health kick but following weight loss find themselves with loose, overhanging skin on their stomachs. "Competition in the workplace sees many men fighting to be fit but losing the weight around the midriff can throw up as many problems as it solves." A patient who underwent the treatment at The Harley Medical Group, Alan Bradley, explained what attracted him to the procedure. "It was demoralising to have lost so much weight just to be left with huge flaps of skin that made me feel as unattractive as before," Mr Bradley revealed. "The surgery means I'm now more mobile and healthier and it has made it easy for me to keep the weight off."