Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck Toronto
Rice Cosmetic Surgery
A Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a common procedure we perform for both women and men at Rice Cosmetic Surgery in Toronto. Over time, your abdominal skin and muscles weaken and become looser due to weight change, pregnancy, or through the aging process. Tummy Tuck is a procedure where extra skin is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. Our tummy tuck consultation generally lasts from 45 minutes to an hour. Dr. Sean Rice is present at all consultations along with a staff member who will address all questions and concerns that you may have.
Who is a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck Surgery?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that disappear with diet or exercise. A Tummy Tuck is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. No matter how much weight is lost the excess skin may remain. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Our Toronto Cosmetic Clinic recommends that patients who intend to lose a lot of weight may benefit from postponing the surgery. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.
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A Full or Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery?
In reality a full Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is the most common procedure performed. In this procedure Dr. Rice removes the skin from about the belly button to the pubic hair line, so any stretch marks within this are will be gone. The loose muscle is then tightened to assist in flattening the abdomen. Liposuction is generally performed in the area of the love handles in order to aid in that hour glass appearance. The incision line that was at the level of the belly button is now sutured to the incision line that was at the level of the pubic hair line. So, lets say you have a tattoo above your belly button that tattoo would now be above your pubic hair line. The surgery general takes about 2 hours and full recovery is about 6 weeks till you are back to sit ups and working out at the gym and people are generally off work about two weeks.
A mini Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty is generally performed on women or men that have a flat abdominal muscle yet still have loose skin above the pubic hair line. No matter how much you work out at the gym you just can’t get rid of that extra skin, and this can be very frustrating. With a mini abdominoplasty / tummy tuck the incision is generally kept a little lower than a traditional tummy tuck. The incision is comparable to that of a C Section. The extra skin removed is generally found above the pubic hair line to about half way to the belly button. In this procedure the belly button is generally not touched, however there are a few procedures in which the belly button can be release and dropped down slightly. So let’s say you had a tattoo above the belly button in a full tummy tuck that tattoo would be dropped to just above the pubic hair line , however in a mini tummy tuck that tattoo would stay just where it is. The muscle can still be tightened if needed, and liposuction can be peformed on the love handles The recovery time varies depending on if the muscle needs to be tightened however most people are able to return to the gym within 4-6 weeks.
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