Deciding if a Tummy Tuck is Right for You
What are the first steps of abdominoplasty?
A Deeper Understanding of Tummy Tuck
The surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women who are seeking a solution to improve their abdominal contours. The surgery involves techniques that target and remove excess fat and skin, while also restoring weakened or separated abdominal muscles, which creates a flatter, firmer and smoother abdomen. The results achieved through a Toronto tummy tuck will help you reach your aesthetic goals and can help further motivate you to stay in shape through exercise and diet. However, these traditional methods alone are often not sufficient to improve lax, sagging skin, which appears after significant weight loss. Once you have done the hard work of losing weight or giving birth, you may need a little help to restore the abdominal tissue. With expert assistance from Dr. Golger, Dr. Romy, and our enhancement team, the body you have been hoping for with a flatter stomach and slimmer waistline can become reality.
The Goals of the Surgery
When we work with a patient to plan their abdominoplasty, we have the following goals in mind:
- Eliminate the muffin top so that you can feel comfortable and confident without worrying about any undesirable bulging.
- Position you to revamp your wardrobe and lifestyle to show off your improved body contour.
- Remove loose, hanging skin that is hiding the results of your weight loss.
- Strengthen weakened abdominal muscles.
- Restore a flatter and firmer abdomen.
- Create a well-defined and cinched waist to promote an hourglass figure.
- Help you regain confidence in your personal body image.
Who is the Best Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The surgery is an extensive procedure that does require patients to meet the following criteria:
- Patients should be in good health.
- Patients should be close to their ideal weight.
- It’s important that patients are non-smokers.
- Patients should have a consistent exercise routine.
- It’s important to remain committed to proper nutrition.
What can a Tummy Tuck Surgery Not Do?
Although a tummy tuck can help emphasize the results of significant weight loss by removing loose skin, it is not a weight loss solution. Rather, it is a body contouring procedure designed to assist those who have lost weight and want to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. It is important to remember that the surgery cannot protect you from weight fluctuations and the results can be seriously affected by pregnancy and significant weight gain.
Common Causes of a Loose Abdomen
Excessive fat and skin around the abdomen is a common occurrence for the general population and can happen to anyone. In fact, there are a variety of factors that contribute to tummy sagging in all body types.
The most common cause of bulges and abdominal protrusion are aging, pregnancy, and significant weight fluctuations within a short time frame. The condition can also be partly hereditary. Regardless of the cause, a Toronto tummy tuck surgery can be beneficial to you and your body.
What’s the first step to getting a Tummy Tuck?
The first step is to get in touch by either giving us a call or filling out a contact form. Our team will schedule you for an in-person consultation with Dr. Golger or Dr. Romy. During your appointment, you’ll be able to express your surgical desires. The surgeons will provide a full consultation. Based on their examination, they’ll provide you with their expert recommendations and answer your questions. The team at Avenue Plastic Surgery prides themselves on their honesty with patients and will give the reasoning for their recommendations— helping the patients make the best and most informed decision.
If you’re comfortable with the surgeon’s advice, surgery will be booked, and preoperative instructions will be provided. It’s very important that you follow the guidelines, as it will lead to the best outcome. Your surgeon will ask for your medical history and a list of any medications taken.
You should be open and honest with all of your questions, answers, and surgical hopes, as good communication always leads to the best surgery.
What to Expect the Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery
At Avenue Plastic Surgery, our Toronto tummy tuck procedure is an outpatient surgery that takes approximately three hours to complete.
Patients are placed under a general anesthetic for a comfortable and pain-free experience. An incision is created on the lower abdomen to separate the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscles. At this point, separated abdominal muscles are pulled securely together with sutures. Next, loose skin and excess fat are trimmed away. Finally, the remaining skin is pulled smooth to create a restored belly that may better fit clothing, allow for easier physical fitness and improved self-esteem.
Tummy Tuck Recovery Process
When your surgery is complete, the surgeons will wrap the abdomen with a comfortable compression bandage. The bandage will remain on for several weeks. The surgeons will tell you when it’s safe to remove it. Because this is a surgery, bruising and swelling are normal. The surgeons might prescribe pain medication to help you recover free of any serious discomfort.
We recommend having someone stay with you for a few days after your abdominoplasty as the surgery can be quite limiting. The highly-trained surgical staff at Avenue Plastic Surgery will provide you with full pos-opt instructions and will meet with you several times after your surgery.
How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost in Toronto?
An abdominoplasty is a highly personalized procedure. The cost of your Toronto tummy tuck will vary based on the type of abdominoplasty performed along with other factors. The average cost of a tummy tuck at Avenue Plastic Surgery is around $8,000 – $10,000. Financing options are available that can help make the payment process more manageable for our patients.
I recently had a tummy tuck and breast lift (3 months ago) with Dr.Golger and do not remember the last time I felt so good about myself! I overheard my daughter telling her boyfriend “my mom is like a pig in sh*t since she had her surgery but she keeps wearing my clothes”. Ha! Well if that’s the worst she’s saying…I’ll take it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I (obviously) couldn’t have done it without you. That being said…I 100% recommend Dr. Golger!
Individual results may vary