Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure which removes excess skin and fat on the abdomen, tightens the abdominal muscles and can involve liposuction of the love handles and other areas in order to shape the abdomen.
Abdominoplasty is an elective surgical procedure involving the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdominal area in order to create a profile that is instantly more smooth and firm. The muscle layer is tightened, reshaping the abdominal wall and dramatically improving its appearance and strength.
Abdominoplasty is extremely effective in providing you with the visual results you long for, especially following weight loss or pregnancy. Call us at 416-834-6640 to schedule your consultation and learn about how we can help you reach your goals of a tighter, shapelier belly.
Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck Surgery removes the excess skin and fat on the abdomen which can be easily pinched as seen on the above pictures. After that skin and fat has been removed, the remaining skin on the upper abdomen is released and pulled down, or redraped, over the open area to close it. In the end, skin is tightened, muscles are tightened (if needed), and the belly is flatter.
“Drain-Free” Tummy Tuck is an abdominoplasty technique that Dr. Martin developed to improve the results of a traditional tummy tuck. The most obvious difference for patients is that there are no surgical drains left in the wound after the surgery. However the real difference is on the inside and is not visible from the outside. What you will notice is a faster recovery, less discomfort, lower and better hidden scar and a scar that is thinner than the one found in a traditional tummy tuck.
To see more Before & After Photos for this procedure, please visit our Photo Gallery
Abdominoplasty surgery is not the right treatment for those wishing to lose weight. If weight loss is your goal, we have certified dietitians who can advise you with an individual diet plan and exercise regimen. However, we understand that sometimes despite their best efforts, patients just can’t lose the excess weight and need the assistance of a surgeon. For those patients, Lap-Band offers an effective and lasting solution. Once you have completed your weight loss, you may become a candidate for a tummy tuck or a body lift.
Smoking is a major risk factor for wound healing and infection complications after a tummy tuck. Smoking, aside from causing cancer, is a poison that impairs your immune system and deprives your body of oxygen. For this reason, especially in larger tummy tucks, there is an increased risk of wound breakdown and wound infection following the abdominoplasty surgery. Patients who are overweight are especially strongly advised against smoking two weeks before and two weeks after surgery.
The procedure takes 1-3 hours.
A tummy tuck surgery length depends on the extent of the work required. A slim patient with just skin excess who needs a tummy tuck may require only one hour of surgery, while someone large who has a lot of excess skin and fat and requires muscle tightening and possibly hernia repair can take up to three hours. In addition to the surgical time, you should plan on arriving about two hours prior to your surgery, and then spending about an hour to two hours after the surgery, recovering until you are ready to be discharged home.
For ideal results from a tummy tuck surgery, plan on resting and taking it easy. First two days are usually most painful. After two days you should notice a dramatic improvement in how you feel. Because Dr. Jugenburg uses various innovative techniques, your discomfort is easily controlled with prescription medication only. During your recovery you should avoid strenuous physical activity, especially if your abdominal muscles have been repaired
Tummy Tuck surgery will leave you bruised and swollen. You will gain weight because of the retained water. It is normal to feel tightness and some pain along the scar line and along the repaired abdominal muscles (if muscle repair was performed)
No surgical procedure is without potential risks and that applies to a tummy tuck as well. Any complication, from the simplest to the most dangerous, can be treated well if caught early. For this reason Dr. Martin will discuss potential risks of a tummy tuck with you to allow you to recognize them early which then allows us to treat them early. You can rest assured that Dr. Jugenburg and his team have protocols in place to prevent complications from occurring. Should one take place, Dr. Martin and his team will take care of you until you are fully recovered. You will be in good hands.
During a tummy tuck you will be completely asleep. General anesthesia is a safe and effective technique that allows Dr. Jugenburg to perform your tummy tuck surgery and give you the ideal results you desire. During the surgery, in addition the anesthesia that keeps you asleep, Dr. Martin uses various innovative techniques and tools, such as a pain pump and anesthetic blocks to keep you comfortable during and after the tummy tuck surgery.
A tummy tuck will give you a tighter, smoother, more attractive abdomen. Your love handles will be smaller. You will look more fit, more youthful, and healthier. You can look at our Before and After gallery of Tummy Tuc