A tummy tuck helps people achieve a flat and toned abdomen by removing any excess skin, fat and tightening weak abdominal muscles. The procedure also restores muscles that have been weakened or separated. This creates a firmer profile.
Tummy tucks start at $8,999 and a mini tummy tuck starts at $6,999. Prices may vary depending on the type of tummy tuck the patient requires and the actual BMI of the patient.
While patients can typically resume most activities within 3 weeks, it often takes 6 weeks for a full recovery and full return to the gym, sit ups and heavy exertion. The length of recovery depends on the type of tummy tuck that was performed, with increased recovery if the tummy muscle needed repair.
The procedure takes 2-6 hours. Those who undergo a mini tummy tuck can expect to spend 2 hours in surgery, while those who undergo modified, standard, or extended tummy tucks, with or without lipo and breast surgery, will be in surgery longer.
Yes, it is common to combine liposuction of the hips, flanks and/or thighs with a tummy tuck. It is also common to add breast augmentation and the complete combination package, of tuck, augment and lipo is called a mommy makeover. Although the risks go up with longer surgeries, all patients are kept overnight and monitored with an experience recovery room RN 1:1, to ensure the safest possible care.
Have you tried many methods to tone abdominal muscles, and lose excess tummy fat without success? Are you done having children? Are you close to your ideal weight and in good overall shape? If so, you may be ready for a tummy tuck procedure.
If you have loose or hanging skin over your abdominal region that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, you might need a tummy tuck. This is also a good procedure if you have tummy muscle separation or weakness, or you want to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks and feel more confident. Schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck with Dr. Mulholland to assess your specific needs.
Men and women with excess fat and skin on the abdominal area are often good candidates for abdominoplasty. Ideal tummy tuck candidates are:
If you are not a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, review SpaMedica’s non-surgical procedures. SpaMedica offers various options for people who want slim, contoured bodies.
General benefits of a tummy tuck procedure include:
Boost in Self Confidence
Many people are hesitant to wear certain clothing or swimwear due to excess fat and sagging skin in the tummy region. A tummy tuck can give them much tighter skin, flatter contour with improved muscle tone and more attractive belly button and then the self-confidence they need to enjoy life again.
Reduce the Appearance of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks occur during pregnancy or after experiencing significant weight fluctuations. When the skin is tightened, stretch marks become less visible. Dr. Mulholland will explain what patients can expect regarding their stretch marks after conducting an assessment.
Reverse Pregnancy Belly
Many women have a hard time regaining a flat stomach after pregnancy. The loose, hanging skin can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. A tummy tuck procedure reverses pregnancy belly by eliminating excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.
Get a Toned Stomach
Achieve a flat and toned stomach with a tummy tuck procedure that removes fat and tightens skin and brings the tummy muscles back together again.
All surgical procedures carry some risks. Dr. Mulholland will go over the risks in detail during the consultation.
Pain, Swelling, and Bruising
Pain, swelling, and bruising are common side effects after a tummy tuck procedure. Patients will receive medication to reduce discomfort while recovering. The pain should get better within a few days of the procedure, although it might take 1-2 weeks to completely subside.
Bleeding, Infection, and Fever
While uncommon, patients can experience bleeding, infection, and fever after undergoing a tummy tuck. Those who have these complications can contact SpaMedica immediately for treatment.
Patients normally receive general anesthesia when getting a tummy tuck at SpaMedica. Anesthesia complications, such as nausea and dizziness, can occur. Some patients experience more serious complications. The anesthesiologist assesses the health of the patient beforehand to determine the degree of risk.
While rare, unfavorable scarring is a possibility when undergoing a tummy tuck. Dr. Mulholland will assess your skin tone to see how likely you are to have unfavorable scarring. He and the team at SpaMedica will also make strategic incisions during your surgery to reduce the appearance of scarring. Scars can also be treated with a range of laser treatments offered by SpaMedica.
SpaMedica is the ultimate choice for a tummy tuck procedure in Toronto due to its level of expertise and experience, they have the best tummy tuck doctors in Toronto! The cosmetic surgery center immediately puts patients at ease with its relaxed atmosphere and accommodating staff. That relaxed feeling will continue as you consult with the renowned Dr. Mulholland; an award-winning cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Mulholland and Dr. Bell have both been in practice for over two decades and personally perform or oversee all of the best tummy tucks in Toronto at SpaMedica.
SpaMedica offers mini, modified, standard, and extended tummy tucks. The option selected depends on your specific needs and the desired outcome.
A mini tummy tuck addresses loose skin, stretch marks and excess fat below the belly button. This surgery only requires a small incision, so it has the shortest scar. This scar typically is not visible and can be performed under local anesthesia and simple oral sedation.
Patients with mild to moderate loose skin or muscle weakness benefit from a modified abdominoplasty. This procedure is similar to a mini-tummy tuck and scarring is minimal.
A standard abdominoplasty is also known as a full tummy tuck. This procedure removes excess skin and fat both below and above the belly button, as well as, tightening the lax abdominal muscles. This procedure leaves a standard scar that can be hidden with undergarments.
Patients with excess fat and skin on the abdomen, flanks, or sides can benefit from an extended abdominoplasty. The scar runs from the flanks to the lower back. Patients who undergo this procedure can expect a slimmer profile from all angles.
The tummy tuck process begins by administering anesthesia. Then, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell makes an incision. The incision’s location and size depend on the amount of excess fat and skin and the type of tummy tuck the patient is undergoing.
During the surgery, Dr. Mulholland or Dr. Bell lifts the abdominal skin and repairs the weakened abdominal muscles. The surgeon then trims the excess skin and stitches it together, and also makes a new opening for the belly button. This must be done since the skin is tightened. Without the new opening, the belly button won’t be in a natural position.
The incisions are closed, and the patient is then sent to recovery. Patients will stay overnight for monitoring and can usually go home the following day.
Patients must prepare before undergoing one of the best tummy tucks in Canada. Dr. Mulholland will discuss specific preparations with patients. General preparations include:
Preparations are slightly different for each patient. Dr. Mulholland and the team at SpaMedica will provide patients with specific instructions.
It is normal to experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort after a tummy tuck. This is an invasive surgical procedure, and recovery takes several weeks. However, patients normally start feeling better within days and notice the results after 2-4 weeks.
Immediately after the procedure: Most patients stay the night at SpaMedica following a tummy tuck. Patients are sent home with a compression garment that must be worn 22 hours a day. Depending on the type of tummy tuck, the patient might also go home with drainage tubes. If so, Dr. Mulholland will provide instructions regarding the tubes. The tubes must be properly cleaned to prevent infection and promote healing.
3-days post-procedure: Most patients will need some assistance and are encouraged to walk as much as possible during this time. Walking promotes healing and reduces the risk of blood clots. While walking, patients should be mindful of their incisions and take it slow, so they don’t hurt themselves or cause increased pain.
10-days post-procedure: Patients can resume light activity although they may still experience some discomfort.
3-6 weeks post-procedure: After 3 weeks patients can reduce the time they wear the compression garment to 12 hours a day and continue this for another 3 weeks. Most patients can resume normal activities after 6 weeks. Dr. Mulholland offers complimentary scar reduction procedures for tummy tuck patients if there is any visible scarring. He will go over this with patients during the consultation.
While most patients can resume normal activities after six weeks, no one should engage in strenuous activities before being cleared by their doctor. The surgeon must ensure the patient has healed properly.
After six weeks, most patients are free of pain and notice their new slimmer profiles. The swelling should be gone at this point as well and patients can begin to enjoy their results.
Dr. Mulholland and his team are the best surgeons for a tummy tuck and are available to answer all of your questions during your consultation. Beforehand, you can go over the answers to some frequently asked questions to gain a better understanding of this procedure.
If the muscle repair is included in your tummy tuck, then patients can expect to experience moderate pain following a tummy tuck. The procedure requires significant downtime, and people need help with daily chores following the procedure. The discomfort should begin to subside within a few days. Skin only tummy tucks and mini-tummy tucks in Toronto are associated with relatively little pain.
The results of a tummy tuck can be permanent as long as patients follow a diet and exercise routine. People must eat a healthy diet and maintain their weight to prevent loose skin or excess fat from reappearing. Also, patients should continue to build muscles in their abdominal areas to maintain the results.
Patients who are considering getting pregnant should wait before undergoing a tummy tuck. Pregnancy can cause loose skin and fat to reappear.
A tummy tuck will only remove those stretch marks that are contained within the zone of skin excision. However, for those stretch marks that are located above or outside the zone of excision, then the tummy tuck procedure will not reduce the appearance of those stretch marks. After assessing your photographs, Dr. Mulholland can provide you with an expected outcome regarding your stretch marks.