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The tummy tuck is a surgical skin tightening procedure of the abs with the removal of unwanted fat and excess saggy skin that hangs over the abdominal walls.

Initial Consultation

A medical evaluation will be taken during the consultation to conclude if you would be a good candidate for the tummy tuck. The doctor will need to examine your excess skin and determine which type of tummy tuck will be the best choice for you, and whether or not you will need liposuction to remove stubborn fat.

In your consultation, you will be carefully described the necessary diet regimen you should follow prior to the surgery and to quit harmful habits that will complicate surgery such as smoking.

Future patients will be advised to have realistic expectations for the surgery and the importance of staying within the weight range following the surgery due to inelasticity of the skin. Patients that are pregnant, carry diseases or have cancer lesions will not be good candidates for the procedure.

Tummy tuck for women who have loose skin post-pregnancy, are advised to get the tummy tuck once their child bearing years are finished.
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Procedure

The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia (Mini and modified abdominoplasty are similarly performed).

The following are the types of tummy tucks are mini, modified, standard and extended abdominoplasty:

Mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar).

Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair.

Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles (standard scar).

Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back).

Tummy Tuck Incisions

For a smaller scar, you should consider a mini-tummy tuck. This procedure works below the belly button to tighten and flatten the lower area of the tummy. However mini tummy tucks are best for patients that have minimal loose skin that hangs on the lower portion of the stomach, not stretching to the sides.

The operating time varies depending on the type of tummy tuck and the extent of aging and elasticity. For Mini and Standard Tummy Tuck, the operating time is 2-3 hours.

For an Extended Tummy Tuck, the procedure can take up to six hours.

After Toronto Tummy Tuck Procedure

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Benefits

The benefits of the tummy tuck for patients is having a tightened skin that is not sagging with aesthetic benefits of having skin that contours well with the body. A tummy tuck provides an opportunity to look and feel better.

Risks and Complications

The risks and complications for the surgery include bleeding, infection and fevers. If any of these signs do show up, report to the doctor immediately. Complications can occur with adverse effects to anesthesia.

Pain, swelling and bruising is expected. The doctor will provide medications to help alleviate some of the pain. If the pain is excruciating, visit your medical centre and surgeon.

Additional Procedures

Additional procedures that may enhance the result of the abdominoplasty are Liposuction, Breast procedures, Arm Lift or Thigh Lift.

After Care Instructions and Expectations

Abdominoplasty can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and probably requires more time-consuming and limiting recovery. Many Patients stay overnight at the clinic and then wish to have some assistance at home for a few days. You will be encouraged to be moving and walking regularly within 1-2 days.

  • Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days.
  • Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.
  • Do not perform weight lifting that involves abdominal muscles nor contact sports without the doctors approval

Immediately after the surgery, you will wear a compression garment that will help establish the connection between the repositioned tummy skin, the underlying muscles and flanks.

The compression should be worn 22 hours a day for three weeks. The next period of three weeks will require the compression to be worn 12 hours a day during the day and left off during the night, for a total of six weeks.

During the initial few weeks, you will feel that your tummy and flanks may be more swollen than they were during the operation. This is common and is a natural post-operative nature of swelling. Over the period of three to six weeks, the tummy flattens and the flank contour improves and a noticeable improvement will be seen.

The doctor will provide you with a four to six month post-op program designed to reduce the scar coloration as well as optimize the skin tightness and body contour.

The scars can be hidden with undergarment; Dr. Mulholland offers scar reduction, which is complimentary, following the surgery.

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Maintenance Required

It is common for a small amount of fat to appear about the pubic scar from the upper tummy. The small muffin top is unwanted fat that was not able to be removed during the initial surgery, can be removed through liposuction in the one year post-op.

General maintenance for the tummy tuck is sticking within the weight range and continuing with muscle building exercises and following a proper diet. Note: consult regarding what exercises and activities can be performed after the surgery and when.

Before and After Photo Tummy Tuck

This patient underwent an Extended Tummy Tuck procedure with the removal of extensive loose skin, a new belly button was created as well the as all the loose tummy muscles were tightened. The patient also had extended modern liposuction performed using the Bodytite™ for removal and contraction of her hips, and flanks. 

Outcomes

Patients who have sought the tummy tuck are generally happy with the results. The tummy tuck can make wearing dresses and suits a lot more sexy and fun. You will look much better in your swimming shorts and bathing suits. Feel more confident with the tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck Before and After

This patient underwent a tummy tuck procedure with removal of loose skin and fat, muscle tightening, new belly button creation as well Bodytite™, Radiofrequency assisted liposuction and SmartLipo™, laser assisted liposuction of the flanks, hips, bra-line and rib cage area for circumferential aesthetic improvement.

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After Care Instructions and Expectations

Abdominoplasty can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and probably requires more time-consuming and limiting recovery. Many Patients stay overnight at the clinic and then wish to have some assistance at home for a few days. You will be encouraged to be moving and walking regularly within 1-2 days.

  • Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days.
  • Sports will not be comfortable for about 6 weeks.
  • Do not perform weight lifting that involves abdominal muscles nor contact sports without the doctors approval

The doctor will provide you with a four to six month post-op program designed to reduce the scar coloration as well as optimize the skin tightness and body contour.

The scars can be hidden with undergarment; Dr. Mulholland offers scar reduction, which is complimentary, following the surgery.

Cost and Payment Options

The cost of the procedure is $10000. For a mini-tummy tuck, the starting cost is $5000. The tummy tuck can combine other surgeries such as Liposuction. 

Occasionally, if the abdominoplasty is being performed for medical reasons, the procedure may be partially covered by insurance. Usually the patient is responsible for payment. Refer to our special financing program for ease of payment.

Next Steps

To set up an appointment for a tummy tuck consultation, call 1-877-695-2835 or book an appointment online. Patients can upload three photos for doctor’s review of candidacy for the procedure.

 

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