Tummy Tuck Toronto
Tummy tuck also referred to as Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure intended to flatten and shape your midsection. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic a tummy tuck can restore your confidence by bringing back a youthful shape to your body. In a basic description the surgery removes excess fat, loose skin and tightens the underlying stretched abdominal muscles, to help create tone and definition to your waistline. Since a tummy tuck addresses so many aesthetic concerns all in one procedure it can bring powerful and life changing results!
Abdominoplasty can be more of an intense procedure when compared to the other cosmetic surgeries that Toronto Cosmetic Clinic offers. It can be performed on adult men and women who have either gone through an immense amount of weight loss or for women who have experienced pregnancy.
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos at TCC Clinic
Am I a Good Candidate?
One of the main reasons it will be time for you to undergo a tummy tuck is when the appearance of your midsection bothers you. You may feel embarrassed, frustrated and tired by the look and feel of your stomach. It is a personal decision and should only be performed if it is right for you. If the following criteria suit you, then it may be time to contact Toronto Cosmetic Clinic to get started:
- Hanging, stretched abdominal skin
- Fat around the front and sides of the abdomen, that without exercise and healthy diet is too stubborn to lose
- Weakened and separated abdominal muscles (most likely from the result of pregnancy and/ or excessive weight gain)
- Are at a stable weight
- Are not considering future pregnancies
- Generally healthy
- A non-smoker
- Emotionally and mentally prepared with realistic expectations
An important detail to remember is that an abdominoplasty is not intended to treat weight loss or obesity, nor does it replace healthy eating habits and regular exercise; these will always need to be a part of your life to maintain results.
Tummy Tuck Results
While there are many variations of an abdominoplasty, general results of a tummy tuck include:
- Defined waistline
- Removal of excess skin
- Removal of some or all stretch marks
- Removal of fat
- Toned and tight abdominal muscles
- Flat and smooth midsection
There are many variations to an abdominoplasty, ranging from complete, partial, drainless and floating, and even a panniculectomy which are based on the degree of correction that a patient needs.
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, where you return home the same day and can range in length from 2-4 hours all based on the detailing of the procedure. Usually 1-2 weeks are needed for recovery, as your core is affected by every movement you make. The complete healing process is longer, but most individuals are able to return to work by the 2 week mark.
You are sent home in a garment and abdominal binder, and depending on the type of abdominoplasty that you had, drains may be placed to the sides of your incisions as well. Drains help prevent fluid buildup at the surgical site that could be bothersome to the healing process if not properly removed from the body. Usually drains are removed 1 week after surgery.
The procedure can be partial or complete. Some patients opt to undergo a partial one, during which only the area below the navel is treated. A complete tummy tuck treats the entire abdominal area and is a more extensive procedure involving lengthy incisions as well as a longer operating and recovery time.
Full Tummy Tuck Procedure Video
There are many procedures that can be performed in combination with a tummy tuck, the most common being liposuction. The main difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck is that liposuction just removes unwanted fat and does not correct skin or the muscle. In most cases SmartLipo is performed to the sides (flanks or love handles) of the abdomen as a tummy tuck corrects more so the frontal plane of the midsection. This way you will get a complete rejuvenated and contoured abdominal region.
Depending on the circumstances and the reasoning behind why you underwent a tummy tuck in the first place, other areas on your body can also be rejuvenated at the same time. For instance if you underwent post-bariatric weight loss, an arm lift could be done in conjunction. If you had several pregnancies, a breast lift or vaginoplasty may be a procedure that you are a good candidate for as well.
Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure Video
Maintaining the Results
Results from a single tummy tuck can last for quite a long time. However, the most common reasons for patients to undergo a tummy tuck in the first place (i.e. pregnancy and weight gain) will most likely affect the results if they happen again. Both may stretch the skin and add fat deposits in treated areas, undoing results. That's why it's important to follow a healthy lifestyle and diet after your surgery. This will also help fend off the signs of aging which can contribute to a flabby tummy, and keep you looking great from head to toe!
Like most invasive procedures, an incision will be made to remove undesirable excess skin and fat. Any scars that result from the incision(s) will be placed in a discreet area. If you follow post-operative instructions, you can heal the scar to reduce its visibility. Toronto Cosmetic Clinic offers, many non-surgical laser treatments and products to fade the appearance of the scar
Book Your Consultation at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic
If you've decided that a tummy tuck will help you achieve your desired body contour, the next step is to book a consultation with a patient consultant at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. They'll help you determine what kind you should undergo, the cost and assess your physical condition to ensure you're fully prepared for the procedure. As for any procedure, risks and complications can occur. Be frank and honest. Make sure you express all of your concerns at the time of consultation.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
No, a tummy tuck is not a weight loss method. It is intended to remove excess fat, loose skin and tighten the abdominal muscles.
Liposuction only removes excess fat in a localized area. A tummy tuck will remove skin and fat in the abdomen and also tighten the underlying muscles, for a total contoured midsection.
While the surgery is not intended to specifically remove stretch marks, but is more so for the removal of excess skin and fat. If the stretch marks happen to be on the skin that is excised, then yes they will be removed as well.
The length depends on the complexity of your case, the type of tummy tuck you are undergoing and also if you are doing liposuction or another procedure in conjunction with it. On average it is 2-4 hours long.
The tummy tuck is performed during the day, where you can return home after your vitals are at a safe level from surgery. You will need a loved one to take you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours. If you do not have anyone to take care of you, there are health care assistants that you can hire.
The results can be life lasting, if you do not gain weight in the future, do not get pregnant and if you take care of your body. Remember that your body does change with age, and so will your appearance.
Since you are put to sleep during the surgery you do not feel anything during a tummy tuck. It is a rather invasive procedure, so you will be uncomfortable for the next 1-2 weeks. Prescription pain medication is given to you. Most patients do find that the surgery was more tolerable than they anticipated.
Recovery is based on the type of abdominoplasty you had and also your overall health. Generally 1-2 weeks are needed off work/school and full recovery (when you can resume to physical activity) can be 6 weeks.
At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, the base fee for a tummy tuck starts from $7000.
The surgeon will determine which type based on your body figure, the type of results you are expecting and your overall health.
The first step to booking your abdominoplasty is to call us at 416-221-5554 to book a complimentary consultation. From there we will book you an assessment with the surgeon and proceed to book you a date for surgery.