Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Many women after having their children require a tummy tuck to reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies. Other people who are good candidates for tummy tucks are those who have lost a large amount of weight resulting in excess skin.

Tummy Tuck ProcedureHow is a tummy tuck performed?

A horizontal incision is made across the lower abdomen, staying inside the underwear coverage area. The underlying muscle is tightened. Excess skin is pulled down and trimmed and the incision line is sewn closed. The navel does not change from its original location, but it is pulled through a tiny incision made in the newly tightened abdominal skin. Tiny stitches reaffix it to the skin surface resulting in a flat “innie” style belly button.

How long does a tummy tuck procedure take?

It takes approximately two and a half hours.

Will I be put under during a tummy tuck?

Yes. A tummy tuck requires a general anesthetic.

Will I be able to return home the same day as my tummy tuck?

In most cases, patients are able to return home on the same day as their surgery. However, due to the use of general anesthesia, you will not be able to drive yourself home. If other procedures are being performed along with the tummy tuck an overnight stay at the surgery centre for observation and pain management may be required.

When can I return to work?

Most people can return to work and resume other general activities in two weeks. However, intense exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least six weeks.

How significant is the scar from a tummy tuck?

Your scar will extend from the public hair towards the hipbones. The exact length of the scar will depend on how much extra skin is removed. The scar can easily be hidden with clothing and it will flatten and fade over a year.