For many of us, our tummies can pose a problem, especially when we are trying to get into shape. Eating right, exercising every day and magic potions and lotions can only go so far. If your tummy bulges out at the bottom when you sit, if you have had babies and can’t seem to bounce back to your pre-pregnancy body, or if you’ve experienced weight changes, chances are you could benefit from a tummy tuck.
Our clients find that a tummy tuck is one of the most gratifying cosmetic procedures. Also referred to as abdominopasty, a tummy tuck tightens and reshapes the abdomen by removing loose skin and fat while tightening stomach muscles. Combined with liposuction, it can also contour your sides and other areas to give you overall tummy rejuvenation. Those who have tummy tucks look better in their clothes and fit them better. They should also enjoy their swimwear more! They tend to feel more comfortable, attractive and confident.
A tummy tuck can be performed comfortably and safely in the privacy of our Mississauga cosmetic clinic. You will be asleep for the entire procedure. You wake in the care of a kindly and expert nurse who assists you to prepare to go home. You will rest at home where we encourage you to get up and walk frequently to keep your circulation active.
With a tummy tuck you need at least two weeks recovery and as long as six weeks for heavier work and exercise. You can shower the following day, if you like. We will provide dressings and show you a simple way to use them. Special effort is made to keep the incision within the area hidden by normal clothing and swim wear. A typical McLean Clinic tummy tuck does not require tubes or drains. We use dissolving stitches so that they don’t have to be removed. We want your recovery to be as smooth and simple as possible!
All surgeries run the risk of potential complications. For an overview of risks and concerns associated with surgery, please click here. Dr. McLean will provide a thorough review of the risk factors that are specific to you and your chosen procedure.
If you plan to have a baby in the future, you may want to delay your tuck so that your new tummy is not stretched all over again!
The cost of a tummy tuck varies according to what you and Dr. McLean determine is required to give you the look you want with the best results. Your questions and concerns will be addressed personally by Dr. McLean during an in-depth consultation.
Those who have tummy tucks are often candidates for a full ‘Mommy Makeover” which combines breast lift or enhancement with the tuck. Some patients are also candidates for an arm lift or for liposuction of areas such as the thighs. When your body looks better, you sometimes also want facial improvements that you can get through medical grade skin care, laser treatments or with fillers. The McLean Clinic is a “one-stop” facility that can satisfy many different needs.
We all know that we take risks in life every day. The risks of surgery are very much like those of everyday life: really bad things (like being hit by a truck) are rare. Less bad things (like getting a hangnail) are more common.
When we think of the downside of surgery we think of things like infection (most infections are readily treatable), bleeding (generally well controlled during surgery), fluid collection, bad scars (wide, lumpy or discoloured, for example) and healing problems (leading to unexpected scarring). Most plastic surgery involves two sides of the body and they are never totally identical with or without surgery. Sensation can be altered by surgery. For example, loss of nipple sensation is a risk of many breast procedures.
As part of your preparation for surgery at the McLean Clinic, we provide you with information about the risks of the procedures you are undergoing. This is to inform you, not to frighten you! You will have the opportunity to discuss the risks with your doctor and we encourage you to ask questions and make sure that you understand everything you need to.