An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck Toronto, rejuvenates the look of the abdomen by removing skin folds, scarring, stretch marks and fat from the area.
Pregnancy and fluctuations in weight may stretch the abdominal wall tissues and tear the deeper elastic structures of the skin, resulting in permanent stretch marks.
Exercise and proper diet alone will not be able to completely take away skin laxity and folds. A girdle may help hold the folds in place, but it will not fix the quality or appearance of the skin. Also, a girdle should not be worn all the time as it can weaken abdominal muscles.
In addition to removing skin folds and improving muscle tightness, an abdominoplasty in Toronto can improve your shape and figure, improve the fit of clothing and increase your comfort during physical activity.
How does it work?
Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia and the surgery normally lasts from one and a half to four hours. Your Plastic Surgeon will make an incision above the pubic hairline, in an area normally covered by a bathing suit, to limit any visible scarring. An additional incision will be made around the belly button. In extreme cases, an additional, vertical incision may be required in the middle.
The skin is lifted off the deep muscle layer as far up as the ribs. The navel (belly button) remains in the same position. The abdominal muscles may be tightened at this time, then the skin is pulled down and excess fat and skin are removed. Any remaining stretch marks should also be less visible.
Abdominoplasty in Toronto is sometimes done in combination with other surgeries, such as tubal ligation (more commonly known as having one’s tubes tied), hernia repair, a hysterectomy or liposuction in the flank area.
In minor cases, only a small amount of skin and fat needs to be removed below the belly button and the abdominal wall does not need to be tightened to achieve a great result. The procedure to correct this problem is called a mini-abdominoplasty. Surgery and recovery times are much less with this procedure.
In some cases of extreme weight loss, more extensive surgery may be required to help repair overlapping skin and fat folds and deep grooving of the abdominal wall, which can sometimes cause hygiene problems. When the excess tissue is extensive, tissue may need to be removed from both the front and back. This procedure is called a belt lipectomy.
How will I heal?
Hospitalization will depend on the extent of the surgery, but patients are asked to remain inactive for about six weeks following an abdominoplasty to allow the tissues to heal. Dr. O’Grady insists on an overnight stay in the hospital for full abdominoplasty patients. Strenuous activities and sports can often be resumed after two months. Sit-ups can be done three months after surgery to allow the abdominal wall to fully recover.
An experienced Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin O’Grady will rejuvenate your abdominal area, safely removing skin folds and minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.