About Tummy Tuck Surgery
A Tummy tuck is also referred to as Abdominoplasty is a surgery 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!
How do I know if I need a Tummy Tuck?
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)
Also If you are:
- at a stable weight
- 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.
What will a Tummy Tuck do for me?
- 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
Step-by-Step Visual To the Tummy Tuck Surgery
The surgeon will mark the area where the horizontal incision will be made, and also mark the new location of your bellybutton.
The abdominal muscles will be sutured together, to create a tight, smooth midsection.
The skin flap and excess fat will be removed, and the skin will be sutured together.
The final result of your tummy tuck; you will have a concealed scar along the bikini line, but a flat and well contoured abdomen!
Full Tummy Tuck Surgery at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic
Also referred to as a Complete Tummy Tuck, this type would be considered to be the most extensive, as patients who undergo a complete tummy tuck need to have a large degree of correction performed. This type corrects all deformities of the midsection, including all loose skin, stretch marks, excess fat and separated abdominal muscles.
To start off, an incision is made horizontally from hipbone to hipbone that is positioned along the bikini line. A second incision is made around the bellybutton. The skin and tissue is separated from the muscles and this flap is then pulled upwards from the bikini line to expose the muscles underneath. These weakened and separated muscles (also referred to as a condition called Rectus Diastasis) are re-aligned by being sutured vertically together.
Liposuction will then be performed on the abdomen and any other area that was to be included as discussed with your plastic surgeon. Next, excess fat and skin (including stretch marks) that hang below the incision line are excised. This is where the “tuck” part comes from. An incision is now made where the new bellybutton will be located. The navel is brought up into the hole and sutured in place. The rest of the horizontal incision lines are sutured together.
Drainage tubes are placed in through tiny incisions located near the main horizontal incision line. Bandages and an abdominal binder will be placed on to secure and wrap the area.
Other Types of Tummy Tuck
After assessing your body’s physique and physiology along with your goals and expectations, your plastic surgeon will perform the type of tummy tuck that will leave you with the most aesthetically pleasing and contoured midsection. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, there are two options; you can opt for a mini or full abdominoplasty.
Most patients at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic opt for a full tummy tuck as this type rejuvenates the entire area of the abdomen, as explained above. Some patients do only require more minimal correction to the abdomen, so a mini tummy tuck would be a better option.
Mini Tummy Tuck - A Mini or Partial Tummy Tuck provides results that are not as comparatively dramatic as a full tummy tuck. This procedure is ideal for individuals who are within about 10 percent of their desired weight that with proper diet and exercise will not improve and when the targeted deposits of fat are, for the most part, limited to the area below the navel. There is only one incision located horizontally along the bikini line, which is usually a bit smaller than if a full tummy tuck was performed. Since the area of concern is only below navel, the bellybutton will not need to be relocated. Liposuction can still be performed if needed.
Floating Tummy Tuck - Also referred to as a Modified Tummy Tuck or Extended Mini Tummy Tuck, a Floating Abdominoplasty (FAB) would be considered a combination of a Full and Mini tummy tuck. The procedure is good for those patients who have mild muscle laxity and who only need a small degree of skin tightening above the bellybutton. Instead of creating a second incision around the navel, the navel is simply detached from the abdominal fascia in order to tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. Once the muscles are sutured together the navel is brought down vertically just by a few centimeters and then reattached to the fascia. This pull of the skin downwards addresses the correction of loose skin. The only incision that is visible afterwards is the horizontal line along the pubic hair. Not all patients are a good candidate for this procedure as they may have too much or too little of loose skin above the bellybutton.
Many plastic surgeons have opted for “Drainless” tummy tuck techniques. This is a surgical variation which can be used on either a mini, full or floating tummy tuck.
Drainless Abdominoplasty uses specific sutures to bind the the soft tissues and abdominal wall together. By doing so a pressure is created which allows the tissues to adhere to each other more easily. The closer the tissues are together, the less cavity space there is, which allows for less room for fluid accumulation. Fluid accumulation impedes the healing process by preventing tissues to adhering to one another. With a reduction in fluid accumulation this thereby eliminates the need for drains to be placed in.
There are downsides to this technique though and not all patients are a candidate. The quilting technique that is used to suture the muscle and tissue together may be visible in the skin, creating the appearance of skin irregularities. This technique also requires the patient to be under anesthesia for a longer period of time. Additionally, seromas can still form later on, which will require an aspiration procedure. For these reasons, our plastic surgeons have opted out to performing Drainless Tummy Tucks at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. While surgical drains may be of an annoyance after surgery, our plastic surgeons find there is less complication in the end when drains are used.
The cost of Tummy Tuck starts from $8,000 (includes general anesthesia) at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. The reason why we quote that a tummy tuck starts at that price, is that many patients decide to add liposuction or other procedures to the surgery.
Adding liposuction will add a fee from $1,500 - $2,500 additional, based on the area. Our base fee is based on the expertise of the plastic surgeon and the quality of our clinic and equipment. To read more information on this, please visit our page on Tummy Tuck Cost.
What is the Recovery like after your Surgery?
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. Read More about Recovery
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, 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.
What will my Tummy Tuck Scar look like?
Like most invasive procedures, an incision will be made to remove undesirable excess skin and fat. The scar is placed horizontally and the length depends on the type of tummy tuck you had done. 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.
Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
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 liposuction 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.
When Do I see the results?
Directly after surgery you will be amazed at how much more slim and contoured your waist is. Keep in mind though, that it will take several weeks (even up to a few months) for all the swelling to subside. Therefore after each passing day, the appearance of your midsection will only get better and better.
Is a tummy tuck a treatment for obesity?
No, a tummy tuck is not a weight loss method. It is intended to remove excess fat, loose skin and tighten the abdominal muscles.
Does a tummy tuck help with stretch marks?
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.
How long do the results last? Is it permanent?
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.
Can I go home the same day?
Yes, abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can home the same day of your surgery. You can expect to be at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic for about 5-6 hours, all dependent on the type of tummy tuck you are having.
Is Tummy Tuck painful?
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.
When can I start exercising?
For the first week it will be uncomfortable to get up and move around, however after one week just walking lightly will help with the healing process. By allowing for increased blood flow, you can help reduce that amount of swelling (wearing your binder and garments will also help a lot with this too). You should only increase your pace of walking when you feel comfortable to do so. By the 6 week mark you can begin with light exercise, excluding exercise that targets the abdomen. Full exercising (back to your pre- surgery regime) including heavy weight lifting and intense exercise is about 3 months after surgery.
When Can I return back to work?
Depending on what your job entails, most patients are okay to go to work 2 weeks after if they have a desk job. For those with a more physical job, more time off work may be needed. For those that have a physical based job, a request to your employer to have you perform lift duties for a few weeks, can also be provided.
Can I combine breast surgery with my tummy tuck?
Most definitely, if you are a good candidate! This is quite common in patients, and can be referred to as a “mommy makeover”. Not only can a breast augmentation or breast lift be added, but vaginoplasty and other areas of liposuction as well.
I find the surgical garment uncomfortable, do I have to wear it?
You do need to wear a medical grade binder and garment for at least 2 weeks after surgery. This is to make sure the swelling is controlled and to provide support to your midsection. After confirming with your surgeon, usually after 2 weeks you can wear a tight leotard, such as Spanx.