Tummy tuck surgery is one of the most popular treatments available to help patients achieve a firmer, more toned look in the stomach region. In a tummy tuck procedure (also known as abdominoplasty), excess skin is removed from the lower abdomen, loose abdominal muscles are tightened, and the remaining skin is redraped to create a firmer, flatter appearance. Most of our abdominoplasty patients at The Ottawa Clinic are women who have had one or more children and are looking to tighten and recontour their waistline. Other possible candidates are men and women who have undergone significant weight loss but have been left with loose lower-abdominal skin, or individuals who simply cannot get rid of excess skin along the abdomen, no matter how hard they try with diet and exercise.
To learn how a tummy tuck can help you attain your goals, please schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.
The Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery
A tummy tuck can address a number of common cosmetic concerns simultaneously. The procedure is primarily designed to eliminate excess skin from the abdomen. However, before the skin is redraped for a smoother stomach, the underlying musculature can be tightened or repaired if it has become stretched or torn from a cause such as pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations. Stretched or torn abdominal muscles cannot be corrected by any amount of diet or exercise, and even patients who eat a healthy diet and regularly exercise may find that their abdomen still protrudes. Some patients who also have isolated fat deposits around the waistline may choose to combine abdominoplasty with liposuction for an even greater transformation.
Additional benefits of tummy tuck surgery may include:
- Minimized appearance of stretch marks
- Repaired hernias in the umbilical region
- A slimmer, more toned and defined waistline
- Improved fit of clothing and swimwear
For patients who feel the appearance of their midsection is not proportionate with their other physical features, a tummy tuck can create a more balanced, contoured silhouette.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
Patients who are at or near their ideal weight but still struggle with excess skin around their abdomen are often ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck is not designed to significantly reduce weight, though the procedure can be combined with liposuction to address small, isolated pockets of fat. Patients who have undergone significant weight loss may be good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. In addition, many of our tummy tuck patients are women who have had one or more pregnancies. Women who plan to become pregnant in the future should consider waiting before scheduling a tummy tuck. Though a pregnancy after the surgery should not cause any medical concerns, the results of the tummy tuck are likely to be compromised after an additional pregnancy.
A tummy tuck is a common surgery that is performed on a wide variety of patients ranging in age, size, and body type. All tummy tuck candidates must be in good overall health to minimize any risks associated with the procedure. Patients should either be non-smokers or cease smoking several weeks prior to and after surgery to further minimize risk.
Tummy Tuck Risks
Our experienced plastic surgeons use the latest tummy tuck techniques and state-of-the-art surgical technology to maximize your safety and comfort during the procedure. Prior to the day of surgery, patients are given comprehensive postoperative instructions on how to care for themselves in the following days. The details of any associated risks are thoroughly reviewed with tummy tuck candidates during the preliminary consultation.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
During the tummy tuck procedure, an incision is made along the lower abdomen, just above the pubic line. By making the incision in the lower abdominal area, residual scarring can often be easily hidden under clothing or swimwear. Your surgeon will then move forward with removing excess skin and fat, and then tightening the rectus abdominus muscles. The belly button (umbilicus) is often repositioned as well. With these surgical techniques, the lower abdomen can ultimately be flattened and the waistline narrowed.
Should patients desire a more complete transformation, they can combine procedures, such as mommy makeover surgery or liposuction of the upper abdomen or hips. The extent of your body contouring needs will be discussed at your consultation, where one of our experienced plastic surgeon will recommend the best solutions for reaching your aesthetic goals.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Following your abdominoplasty, some swelling can be expected; however, any discomfort you experience can be treated with medication. Your activity will be limited for the first week or two, but you should be able to resume normal, light activities after the first two weeks. It is important that you refrain from strenuous activities for several weeks to ensure proper healing. More details of your recovery will be discussed when you meet with your surgical team.
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If you have questions about tummy tuck surgery, or if you wish to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.