Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Toronto

Tummy Tuck Before & After Pictures

Starts at $12,999
Procedure Time
3 hours
Recovery Time
2-4 weeks

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

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.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Toronto?

The cost of a tummy tuck in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) starts at $12,999, while the cost of a mini tummy tuck in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) starts at $8,999 at SpaMedica. Prices may vary depending on the type of tummy tuck the patient requires and the actual BMI of the patient. At SpaMedica, the cost of a mini tummy tuck typically starts at $8,999.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Tummy Tuck?

After a tummy tuck, 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 needs repair. 


Generally, following a mini tummy tuck, it takes approximately 1-3 weeks for bruising and swelling to decrease following the procedure. Also, it is worth noting that oral medication can be used to easily manage any initial discomfort.

How Long Does Tummy Tuck Procedure Take?

A tummy tuck 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. A mini tummy tuck takes approximately 2 hours to perform.

Can Liposuction, or Breast Augment be performed with a Tummy Tuck?

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.

Am I Ready for a Tummy Tuck?

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.

Do I Need a Tummy Tuck?

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. Bell to assess your specific needs.

Who Is a Tummy Tuck Candidate?

Men and women with excess fat and skin on the abdominal area are often good candidates for abdominoplasty. Ideal tummy tuck candidates are:

  • Healthy
  • At a stable weight
  • Within 10-15 pounds of their goal weight
  •  Non-smokers
  • Realistic about their expectations

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.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

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. Bell 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.

Tummy Tuck Risks

All surgical procedures carry some risks. Dr. Bell 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.

Anesthesia Complications
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.

Unfavorable Scarring
While rare, unfavorable scarring is a possibility when undergoing a tummy tuck. Dr. Bell 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.

Why Choose SpaMedica for Tummy Tuck?

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. Dr. Thomas Bell has been in practice for over two decades and personally performs or oversees all of the best tummy tucks in Toronto at SpaMedica.


With more than 25 years of practice experience dedicated to cosmetic plastic surgery, Dr. Bell pioneered Avenue Road and Yorkville as the centre of plastic surgery in Canada with his first surgical center in Yorkville’s Avenue road corridor back in 1986. Dr. Bell has been named Canada’s best plastic surgeon by W Magazine and has received media coverage and accolades by many leading publications in the country and abroad.

Different Types of Tummy Tuck

SpaMedica offers mini, modified, standard, and extended tummy tucks. The option selected depends on your specific needs and the desired outcome.


Mini-tummy tuck

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 anaesthesia and simple oral sedation.


Also known as a partial abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck is a procedure that combines elements of a traditional tummy tuck and liposuction to help the patient achieve a thinner, sleeker look and tighter tummy skin.


A mini tummy tuck is designed for men and women who are in average to good physical shape, but who would still like to remove excess fat and skin from the lower tummy. In many cases, the procedure is performed on women who would like to remove the unsightly skin fold that is present following a C-section.


Regardless of why it is being performed, the mini tummy tuck is a quick, efficient way to resolve excess fat and skin above the lower abdomen and pubic area. As it is a lighter procedure than its traditional counterpart, a mini tummy tuck also boasts a faster recovery process and has a significantly lower risk of possible complications. Usually, the tummy muscle, (the rectus abdominis), is not repaired with a mini tummy tuck.


Modified Abdominoplasty

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.


Standard Abdominoplasty

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.


Extended Abdominoplasty

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.

What is the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Whereas a traditional tummy tuck is designed to remove excessive fat situated above and below the belly button and make a new belly button and tighten the tummy muscles. A mini tummy tuck simply involves removing lower abdominal skin excess. As such, both procedures have wildly different recovery periods; it takes approximately 1-3 weeks to recover from a mini tummy tuck, in contrast to the 2-4 weeks of its traditional counterpart.

Benefit of Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

Less Invasive

As a mini tummy tuck is less invasive than its traditional counterpart, the recovery time is shortened, and there is significantly less scarring. It can be performed comfortably using gentle local anaesthesia.


More Economical

A mini tummy tuck is also a less costly option for those who do not require the extensive cosmetic work of a complete abdominoplasty.


More Accessible

A mini tummy tuck procedure is available to a wider group of people, including patients who are not suitable candidates for a full abdominoplasty due to scarring from a previous procedure.


No Repositioning of the Belly Button

The mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients who don’t require additional sculpting above the belly button.

Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck Alternatives

EMSculpt, CoolSculpting, Evolve.

How does Dr. Tom Bell perform a Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck process begins by administering anaesthesia. Then, 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. 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.

How Does Dr. Bell Perform Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure?

At SpaMedica, a mini tummy tuck procedure is performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Before your surgery, Dr. Tom Bell will determine the best type of anesthesia to use based on your previous medical history, as well as your current prescriptions.


Your surgeon makes an incision just above the pubic bone during the procedure, allowing them to remove any excess fat and loose skin, but keep your scar well below the underwear and bathing suit line. While the incision lines are permanent, they remain hidden wherever possible before gradually fading over time. Your surgeon tightens up the skin and muscles before finishing up, ensuring that the change appears natural and aesthetically pleasing.


All tummy tuck procedures at SpaMedica are performed under the guidance of Dr. Tom Bell, who has performed over 3000 breast augments, liposuctions, tummy tucks, and body contouring procedures.

Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery and Timeline

After the Surgery: While discomfort is expected immediately after the surgery, it can be managed with prescribed medication.


First Few Days After Surgery: It is recommended that patients walk slowly within the first 2 to 3 days. In addition, it is preferred they walk in such a way so that they are slightly bent forward in order to prevent any damage to the incision.


Two Weeks After Surgery: Patients are able to return to work.


Three Weeks After Surgery: Patients may stop wearing their compression garment. Patients may also resume physical activity.

How to Prepare for a Tummy Tuck

Patients must prepare before undergoing one of the best tummy tucks in Canada. Dr. Bell will discuss specific preparations with patients. General preparations include:

  • Reaching and maintaining a weight within 15 pounds of their ideal body weight.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Stopping blood-thinning medications.
  • Getting a medical evaluation.
  • Arranging for someone to help at home for 3 days after the procedure.

Preparations are slightly different for each patient. Dr. Bell and the team at SpaMedica will provide patients with specific instructions.

What to Expect After a Tummy Tuck

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.

Tummy Tuck Recovery and Timeline

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. Bell 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. Bell 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.

Best Procedures Paired with Tummy Tuck

Breast Augmentation, Liposuction are commonly performed at the same time as a tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck FAQ

Dr. Bell 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.

How Painful Is It to Get a Tummy Tuck?

If 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.

Will the Results Last?

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. 

Will a Tummy Tuck Remove Stretch Marks?

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. Bell can provide you with an expected outcome regarding your stretch marks.

Can You Get a Tummy Tuck After a C-Section?

Yes, it is possible to get a tummy tuck after a c-section and it is perfectly safe if you wait the appropriate amount of time. If you are considering getting this procedure after a cesarean section, the best course of action is to speak with the certified plastic surgeons at SpaMedica.

Thomas Bell, M.D
Physician and internationally recognized cosmetic plastic surgeon and lecturer.
66 Avenue Road, Suite 4 Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8

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