Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Get rid of that belly, shrink that waistline

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure in which excessive skin and fat are removed from the middle or lower part of the abdomen. Distended skin is removed, the "six-pack" muscle reinforced, and the lower abdomen rejuvenated. The appearance and profile of the lower abdomen is improved by removing skin folds, scarring and stretch marks.

Generally removes more skin and fat than a Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty). Deals effectively with the loose skin above and below the belly button (umbilicus).

Often combined with Liposuction of the sides of the abdomen.

Tummy Tuck - Plastic Surgery Alberta
Tummy Tuck - Plastic Surgery Alberta

Procedure Details & Information

Loose skin in the abdominal area
Extra fat in the abdominal area
Stretch marks
Laxity of the "six-pack" muscle following pregnancy or aging
2.5 - 3 hours
Under general anaesthetic, an incision is made above the pubic hairline in an area normally covered by a bikini. The skin is then lifted off the "six-pack" muscles as far up as the ribs. The belly button (umbilicus) remains in its normal position but is cut away from the skin. The "six-pack" muscle or rectus abdominus is tightened and brought back together reducing the waistline. Finally the skin is pulled down and a new opening for the umbilicus is made. The excess skin and fat is then cut out. Dressings and a binder is then applied.
Home for 2 weeks, drains out in 1 week
No heavy lifting or exercise for 8 weeks
Sleeping on back and wearing an abdominal binder for 8 weeks
Significant swelling and bruising for 2-3 weeks
Mild swelling for 6-12 months
Final results in 6-12 months
Smooth, flat, well toned abdomen
Usually 2-4 inches is reduced in the waistline
Results are permanent provided there is no subsequent weight fluctuation
Infection, bleeding, scarring
Poor wound healing, fluid collection, numbness, blood clots, skin loss

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