TORONTO — Tummy Tuck (aka Abdominoplasty) has been in the top five plastic surgeries since 2005 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Dr. Hugh McLean says the trend holds true for Toronto and the GTA, particularly at the McLean Clinic in Mississauga.
"Tummy tucks rank in the top three surgical procedures in my clinic and we’re seeing more men and women electing to go under the knife every year to get rid of their muffin top for good," says McLean who has been in practice for over 30 years. He built his practice with his Beauty Made Easy philosophy in-mind and a tube-free tummy tuck that makes healing much more comfortable for his patients than traditional methods is just one example of this philosophy at work. "Our surgical process is much more appealing, and has drawn in more patients, when they learn there are no messy drainage tubes to deal with and that they can recover in their own home," explaining one of the reasons he has seen more than 1000 patients for abdominoplasty.
"When people undergo a significant weight loss and are left with excess abdominal skin, no amount of personal effort will get rid of it. Surgery is the only way to tighten that loose skin," he says. "Think of your skin like a well-worn bathing suit that loses its elasticity, there’s just no way to reverse the damaging stretch the material has experienced."
The most recent statistics suggest an estimate* of more than 12 thousand men and women elected tummy tuck surgeries in Canada. Dr. McLean believes the rise in tummy tuck procedures is due to a number of factors: the affordability of the surgery, ease of recovery, the increased health-consciousness of Canadians and the word-of-mouth effect of those who undergo the surgery.
"People turn to their friends and family for advice on all facets of life, and that includes problem areas on their body. When people put serious effort into getting fit and see their skin still sags despite their hard work they turn to their confidants for advice,” says McLean. "Tummy Tucks are a life changing procedure. The joy radiates from my patients when they see an image in the mirror finally reflect the hard work they have put into their healthy lifestyle."
Mississauga resident and McLean Clinic patient Stacey Placket, says undergoing an abdominoplasty was one of the best decisions of her life: "I took care of myself — I ate right, drank lots of water, used all the expensive creams AND worked out throughout my pregnancy. I expected to easily bounce back into shape after having my son, that wasn’t the case."
Stacey discovered, like most women who have their children in their 30s and later, her skin hung loose after she got back into shape post-pregnancy. "I was determined to fix my flabby stomach myself, but no matter how toned my muscles got or how low my body fat percentage was, I couldn’t get rid of the flabby skin," she says. "I wouldn’t wear a bikini, I cringed if my shirt popped up when I reached for something or was faced with going swimming with my kids. A tummy tuck was the only thing left for me to do to get my body back to where I wanted it."
Stacey met with several GTA doctors and finally found Dr. McLean. His years of experience, particular expertise with abdominoplasty and caring staff made the decision easy for her. "Dr. McLean was so reassuring and knowing this was one of his top procedures really put me at ease. He personally followed up with me during recovery," she explains of her experience.
And what of the results? "I was finally proud of my body again; I bought pants that fit me for the first time in years because I didn’t have to tuck away excess skin. And I just beamed when I went bikini shopping for a vacation this winter. It was the first time in 10 years that I put a bikini on," says Stacey. "I’d recommend that anyone who is struggling with loose skin get a tummy tuck. It was the only solution for me and even improved my C-section scar."
A Tummy Tuck is an outpatient procedure that typically takes 3 hours to complete. The standard abdominoplasty incision is made above the pubic area and extends in a line toward the pelvic bones, where the skin and excess tissue is removed. Special effort is always taken to keep the incision within the area covered by a bathing suit or undergarment. The procedure embodies Dr. McLean’s Beauty Made Easy philosophy by using dissolving sutures to eliminate the need for stitch removal and no dreaded drainage tubes that prevent many patients from electing tummy tuck surgery. Recovery takes a few weeks to get you moving around freely again and sees most patients fully functioning in approximately six weeks, though recovery times can vary.
The McLean Clinic is an accredited surgical facility in Mississauga with an experienced surgical and medical aesthetics team lead by Dr. Hugh McLean. The fully functioning clinic opened its doors in 1988 and has performed more than 10,000 procedures to-date. There is a wide range of services, surgeries and procedures available at the clinic including face and body contouring, and anti-aging surgeries and procedures. Visit www.mcleanclinic.com for more information.
Dr. Hugh A. McLean is a plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery, with accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and completed specialized training in plastic surgery in Toronto and cosmetic surgery in Miami. Dr. McLean's areas of special interest and expertise are facelift, breast enhancement and body sculpting with special emphasis on short-scar facelift, breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Because cosmetic surgery improves a person's physical appearance and self-esteem, Dr. McLean's philosophy defines plastic surgery as a creative science requiring an understanding of people's concerns in order to deal with their physical imperfections. He has been on staff at the Trillium Health Centre since 1980 and is former Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Mississauga Hospital.
NOTE: The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons does not keep statistics on Canadian surgeries, they suggest 10 per cent of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual statistics are a fair representation of Canadian surgeries. * Estimate based on 10 percent of reported 121,653 recorded abdominoplaty procedures in the 2009 REPORT of the 2008 STATISTICS NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE of Plastic Surgery Statistics