Tummy Tuck Surgery

How should I prepare for a tummy tuck?

What are the procedural steps of a tummy tuck?

How long does a tummy tuck surgery take?

When will I see the results of a tummy tuck?

How long do results of a tummy tuck last?

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

How should I prepare for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, otherwise known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin around the stomach. This surgery also repairs muscles that have been weakened or separated, creating a smoother, firmer abdominal profile.

Sometimes it’s impossible to achieve a well-toned abdomen through exercise and weight control, and a tummy tuck is the only option. People who have normal body weight and proportions are not exempt from developing an abdomen that is loose, protrudes or even sags. This can be caused by:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Major weight fluctuations
  • Past surgeries

To prepare for your tummy tuck surgery you will need to:

  • Have a consultation
  • Stop smoking at least 1 week before your procedure
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding and delay your recovery process

During your consultation we will discuss certain matters with you:

  • What are your surgical goals?
  • Do you have any existing medical conditions or drug allergies?
  • Have you had any previous surgeries: medical, cosmetic or reconstructive?
  • Are you in good health?
  • Do you maintain an active lifestyle and nutritious diet?
  • Do you have a history of obesity in your family?

What are the procedural steps of a tummy tuck?

Sometimes a tummy tuck procedure is coupled with liposuction to help remove fat deposits. This will be discussed during your consultation. If you do not require additional surgeries, your tummy tuck will go as follows:

1. Anesthesia:

  • This is administered for your comfort
  • There is intravenous sedation and general anesthesia
  • We will discuss which type of anesthesia you will receive before the surgery

2. Incision:

  • A horizontally-orientated incision will be made in the pubic area just above the hairline
    • The shape and length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin in that area
    • Incisions are made where undergarments, bathing suits, and similar clothing items will conceal them
      • They will not be visible when you are clothed
  • After the abdominal skin has been lifted, the weakened muscles that lie underneath will be repaired
  • You may require a second incision around the navel to get rid of any excess skin found in the upper abdomen
  • The upper abdominal skin is pulled down
  • The excess skin is trimmed
  • The remaining skin is sutured together
  • A new belly button opening is made and the belly button is pushed through the surface and sutured into position

3. Closing the incisions:

  • The incisions are closed using sutures, both absorbable and non-absorbable

How long does a tummy tuck surgery take?

  • This procedure will take approximately 2 hours
  • An overnight hospital stay may be needed
  • Even if you are released directly following the procedure you will need to arrange for someone to pick you up as you will not be able to drive
  • You may be given a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen after your surgery is done
  • Makes sure you don’t remove any bandages or dressings that you are wrapped in until you are given the go-ahead

When will I see the results of a tummy tuck?

Most people see results immediately. You will notice a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that matches your body type and weight in about 4 weeks.

  • You may have trouble standing straight during the first two weeks of recovery
  • If you have undergone a cesarean section, you may notice that after your tummy tuck, the pre-existing scar may be incorporated into a new scar
  • Your tummy tuck scar will fade in several months, although it will not disappear completely
  • Stretch marks may be removed with your tummy tuck as well, leaving your abdomen smooth and blemish free

How long do results of a tummy tuck last?

  • With proper diet and exercise you can maintain your firmer, flatter abdomen permanently
  • Be mindful of significant weight loss or gain as they can effect your surgical results over time
  • Pregnancy can take a toll on your abdomen so remember to maintain your nutrition regime throughout and after the gestational period
  • You may require a second tummy tuck if you have a child after your surgery

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

  • There is a facility fee and an anesthetic fee.  The total cost for the surgery is $7000 + HST


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