A toned, contoured midsection is symbolic of health and fitness, but for some people, diet and exercise are not enough to achieve this goal. If you have loose or excess abdominal skin and fat, or muscles separated by pregnancy, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. At our Kitchener-Waterloo clinic, our team specializes in tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and other body contouring procedures.
Women and men travel to The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic for tummy tuck surgery from Guelph, Cambridge, and London, Ontario. Request a consultation online to meet with one of our plastic surgeons, or call our office at (519) 804-9822 to schedule an appointment.
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You will first have a thorough consultation at The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic with one of our surgeons to determine your cosmetic goals. The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic's patient coordinator will guide you through all the details of the planning process for your procedure, including financing, scheduling, and paperwork.
Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery.
You are to have nothing to eat or drink for the 12 hours immediately before your surgery.
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Abdominoplasty is a 3-step procedure. First, the contour of the abdomen is improved by repositioning the muscles of the abdominal wall. Second, excess skin and fat is removed. Third, liposuction is used to contour the abdominal wall and flanks. The incision required starts at the pubic hair line and extends horizontally towards each hip. The length of the incision depends entirely on the anatomy to be corrected and your goals. Some women combine a tummy tuck with a breast lift and liposuction to try to restore a more youthful shape after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
At The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, we always stay abreast of the latest innovations in surgical techniques. Our clinic now offers drainless tummy tuck surgery. This advanced surgical tummy tuck technique offers several major advantages over older techniques that used 1 or even 2 drains.
The drainless method reduces the risk of seroma formation — an accumulation of fluid in a standard tummy tuck that can increase swelling and the incidence of secondary infection.
The drainless method involves "progressive tension sutures" (PTS) that "quilt" the tummy tuck skin flap down to the underlying abdominal wall. This technique prevents fluid from spreading from one area to another.
Another major advantage is that the progressive tension sutures take the tension off the final skin closure, which can ultimately result in a much finer and aesthetically pleasing scar.
And finally, let's be honest. No one likes having to empty a yucky drain, filled with residual blood and fluid. Drains that need to be emptied multiple times a day can be hard on both patients and their caregivers. Now, at The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, they're a thing of the past.
You will arrange for someone to drive you to The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic and to pick you up after the procedure. Our staff will assist you with planning for your ride home.
Our surgical staff will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. The procedure is done under a general anesthetic. Typically, an abdominoplasty requires 2 to 3 hours. You will have an automatic pump to administer local anesthetic directly into your surgical site to greatly reduce any discomfort. Gauze or other dressings will be applied to your abdomen.
Following your surgery, you will be taken into our recovery area where you will be closely monitored. You will be in the comfort of your own home approximately 2 to 3 hours after surgery.
You will notice swelling and bruising that will fade over a period of weeks. However, it may be months before all swelling subsides and you see the final result of your abdominoplasty. You may notice some numbness over portions of the abdominal area, and this may persist for several months. Incisions will initially be red or pink. They will remain this way for many months following surgery and may even appear to worsen before they finally begin to fade.
Starting the day of or morning after your surgery, you should walk short distances every few hours to promote blood circulation. At first, this may be a walk from your bedroom to your kitchen.
You should not stand perfectly straight for a few days, to avoid tension on the lower abdomen. However you should move around to promote blood circulation. It is not recommended to sit for long periods of time during the first several days.
Any straining, bending and lifting must be avoided as these activities may cause swelling or bleeding.
Within 48 hours following your surgery you will have a follow-up appointment at the Clinic. Your drain will be removed between 3 to 5 days after surgery, at which time your dressings may also be changed or removed. You will be instructed to wear a support garment for 6 weeks. Generally, stitches will dissolve.
A second follow-up appointment will be scheduled for 2 weeks after your surgery. A third follow-up appointment will take place 3 to 6 months after your surgery. You will then be invited to return yearly for ongoing follow up.
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on the extent of your abdominoplasty and your general physical condition, you may be able to return to non-strenuous work 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. In many instances, you can resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild exercise after 4 weeks. You may continue to experience some mild, periodic discomfort and swelling during this time, but such feelings are normal. Severe pain should be reported to The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic.
Any sexual activity should be avoided for a minimum of 2 weeks, and your surgeon may advise you to wait longer.
The incisions from the procedure will heal and fade over time, but will not completely go away. In some instances, the incisions become only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the tummy tuck incisions are usually placed in locations concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.
Abdominoplasty can enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance.
Your abdomen should remain firmer and flatter for many years, unless, of course you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually take their toll. If after a period of years you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your abdomen, you may choose to undergo a second procedure aiming to restore a more youthful body contour.