Tummy tuck surgery helps to restore a firmer, flatter abdomen by removing any excess skin or fat.
What is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?
A tummy tuck is designed to give you a slimmer and trimmer profile by smoothing your stomach and restoring a flatter, firmer, more contoured abdomen through the removal of excess skin and fat. For many people, genetics, weight gain, or pregnancy can cause the muscles and skin of the abdomen to stretch permanently. Dieting and exercise will not help restore the muscle and skin to a more flat and contoured appearance.
What does a tummy tuck treat?
Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at correcting the appearance of excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. If you are self-conscious about unsightly stretch marks or sagging skin caused by weight loss, pregnancy, or lower abdominal surgery, then this procedure may be for you.
Abdominoplasty, whether mini or complete, can produce excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. Our goal is to help you feel more confident and comfortable with a flatter and better-toned stomach, a narrower waist, and smoother body contours. Our doctors will focus on delivering a natural-looking abdomen that is genuinely firmer, helping clothes fit better, with an enhanced shape that is immediately noticeable after surgery.
What to expect during an abdominoplasty
There are several different abdominoplasty techniques, each designed for a specific abdominal shape. Your plastic surgeons will carefully review the risks and benefits of each technique and recommend the best approach for you.
Types of tummy tucks
Complete tummy tuck
Complete abdominoplasty is offered to patients who have a large excess of fat deposits both in the lower and middle abdominal area, as well as very loose skin and lax muscles in the abdominal wall. The procedure involves a long incision made across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. Incisions are kept discreetly within the undergarment line and dissolving stitches are used so there is no removal required afterwards. The complete tummy tuck procedure takes about four hours under a light general anaesthetic allowing you to return home the same day.
Abdominoplasty may also be combined with liposuction to provide you with a slimmer and more contoured waistline.
Mini tummy tuck
The mini tummy tuck is an option for patients who have less excess skin and fat and who do not have substantially extended abdomens. While a complete tummy tuck involves an incision around the belly button and across the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck requires only a small incision above the pubic bone leaving the belly button intact.
Recovery after a tummy tuck
It may take you weeks or months to feel like your old self again. If you start out in top physical condition with strong abdominal muscles, recovery from abdominoplasty will progress much faster. Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate.
Exercise will help with your healing process. Even people who did not exercise regularly before surgery should begin an exercise program to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles. Vigorous exercise, however, should be avoided until you can do it comfortably.
Your scars may appear to worsen during the first three to six months as they heal, but this is normal and within nine months to a year they will flatten out and lighten in colour. While they will never disappear completely, abdominal scars will not show under most clothing, even under bathing suits.
Get a tummy tuck with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for abdominoplasty. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcomes with the tummy tuck procedure. Our pre and post-operative care is exceptional and combined with our “patient centred” philosophy will provide you with a positive and rewarding experience. We will help you regain your confidence and achieve the look you desire.
Next steps: Book a tummy tuck
If you are ready to discuss your cosmetic surgery needs with our board-certified plastic surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation, your patient care adviser will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Incision techniques
- Potential risks and complications