A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat, tightens skin, and tightens separated abdominal muscles to restore a flatter, youthful tummy.
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 abdominoplasty, 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.
It is important to note that a tummy tuck is not a surgery for weight loss. The procedure is unable to remove fat deposits within your abdominal area but rather removes loose, excess hanging skin. If your tummy is large and feels tight, with no loose skin, it is likely that you will need to lose weight prior to undergoing a tummy tuck procedure to get optimal results.
The Tummy Tuck procedure at McLean Clinic is highly effective for both men and women who have lost a substantial amount of weight and are left with loose, hanging skin in the abdominal area. It is also ideal for new mothers after childbirth who have stretched abdominal muscles and would benefit from muscle tightening. Patients who have stubborn fat deposits in their abdominal area despite a strict diet and exercise regimens can also benefit from this procedure.
The best candidates for a tummy tuck surgery are those with loose or excess skin in the stomach area or have external abdominal fat that can be grabbed and pinched with the hands. Additionally, many mothers have some muscle stretching and laxity due to childbirth in the abdominal area. If you have one or more of these issues, a tummy tuck procedure is a great way to correct them.
During your initial consultation, a member of the McLean Clinic team will guide you through a general health check and discuss all the outcomes and implications regarding a tummy tuck surgery so that you know exactly what to expect before undergoing the procedure. We will always take the time to answer all your questions with detail in the comfort and privacy of our warm and inviting office.
Tummy tuck candidates should be physically healthy, at a stable weight, a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations of what their surgical outcomes will do for them. A tummy tuck procedure may be right for you if you can pinch large sections of loose, hanging skin on your stomach area. For those who have minimal excess skin, a “mini” tummy tuck may provide you with the results you desire. During your initial consultation, Dr. McLean will determine which procedure is right for you.
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!
There are different types of tummy tuck surgeries that can be done and during your consultation, Dr. McLean will determine which is the most appropriate for you. This will depend on the amount of excess skin and fat you have, along with the strength of your abdominal muscles. These options will include:
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.
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.
After your tummy tuck, you will have a more flattering, proportionate abdominal contour that works perfectly with your unique body type and frame. You will notice smaller love handles, and you will appear fitter, more youthful, and healthier. Depending on the procedure you get, it may take a few weeks to months to see your final results.
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.
With a tummy tuck you need at least two weeks of 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 swimwear.
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. To minimize the risks associated with surgery, you should always follow the guidelines provided to you by Dr. McLean for pre and post-operative care and preparation. These risks may include bruising, bleeding, swelling, infection, fluid collection under the skin, and blood clots. Dr. McLean will provide a thorough review of the risk factors that are specific to you and your chosen procedure.
Many patients can often confuse tummy tuck surgery and liposuction, using both terms interchangeably. However, it is important to distinguish the differences between both as they are different procedures that will provide you with different results. While they are often combined, a tummy tuck will remove excess loose, hanging, and sagging skin through incisions. Liposuction will remove stubborn fat deposits through a suction tube and is the most ideal when patients have good elasticity in the skin.