Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The most common procedures for body contouring are liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed for the purpose of removing excess, redundant abdominal wall skin and lipomatous tissue, and tightening the muscular abdominal wall. The procedure is usually performed on women from ages 25 to 55 but can also be performed on men within the same age group. The surgery takes two hours to perform and can be performed either as a daycare procedure in the private clinic or as an inpatient procedure in the hospital. The procedure is not designed as a means of weight loss but rather is designed to contour the abdomen following significant weight loss, post-partum skin stretching or concentrated fatty tissue in the abdominal area.

The procedure is performed for aesthetic reasons only and is not considered to be a benefit of the Medical Services Plan. In our practice, we find that recovery from the surgery varies slightly from patient to patient but it is generally 4-6 weeks before you are able to resume regular daily activity. The scar from the surgery can easily be covered up with bikini underwear and can take up to six months to soften up, flatten out and return to normal skin colour. Our patients generally experience a renewed feeling of self confidence following the surgery and find that they are able to wear clothing that they were not able to wear prior to the surgery. Patients do not necessarily find that they wear a smaller size in clothing but rather they find that their current clothing now fits and looks better.

For more information and specific details on this surgery please visit one of the links below.

Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons