25 Jul Considering a tummy tuck in Toronto? Read this first.
Dr. Ron Somogyi answers your most common questions about abdominoplasty.
If you’re troubled by excess fat or sagging skin on your abdomen, chances are you’ve thought about a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck—or abdominoplasty—is common surgery to address changes to the abdomen following weight fluctuation, pregnancy, surgery, or simply as a result of the natural aging process.
As with any surgery, when a patient is considering a tummy tuck, we begin by discussing goals and expectations, and we spend as much time as necessary to explain the procedure and answer questions during the initial consultation. Today, Dr. Ron Somogyi is taking the time to answer some of the most common questions he receives about abdominoplasty.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and to tighten the underlying abdominal muscles.
What conditions can be corrected with a tummy tuck?
An abdominoplasty can address excess or sagging abdominal skin, a protruding abdomen, abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy or weight loss, excess fat that is concentrated around the abdominal area, or a loss of definition or shape of the belly button. The surgery also allows for the possible elimination of stretch marks, especially if they are located in the lower part of the abdomen. The end result is a tighter and firmer abdomen with an improved overall contour.
How do I know if a tummy tuck is right for me?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are close to their ideal body weight, with reasonable expectations as to what surgery can provide. Ideal candidates have experienced changes to their body following weight fluctuation, pregnancy, surgery, or simply as a result of the natural aging process.
What’s involved in tummy tuck surgery?
A tummy tuck surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll return home the day of your surgery. Some patients choose to stay one night in our facility and return home the next morning.
The amount of excess skin and fat, as well as its location on the abdominal wall, will determine the approach chosen for surgery: a standard tummy tuck, or a mini tummy tuck. The standard tummy tuck is the most common approach, performed through an incision that is placed along the bikini line, and extends horizontally towards both hips. Often a second incision is made around the navel. A mini tummy tuck is ideal in cases where there is a relatively small amount of excess skin located below the belly button, often associated with a protruding lower abdomen. This approach results in a shorter tummy tuck scar, and there is no secondary scar hidden within the belly button. Your surgeon will discuss these approaches in greater detail during your consultation.
What’s the recovery like?
Recovery is slightly different for everyone, but it’s normal to experience mild to moderate pain, bruising, and mild swelling immediately after surgery. We will discuss pain management options with you, and explain how to care for your surgical incisions to ensure optimal recovery and comfort. We recommend taking two weeks off from work to give yourself time to rest and heal. Most patients are back to normal daily activities within two weeks, but are asked to avoid heavy physical activity and heavy lifting for six weeks.
Will there be a scar?
As with any surgery—cosmetic or otherwise—a tummy tuck will involve an incision, which inevitably heals as a visible scar. While you can rest assured that every effort is made to ensure incisions are made precisely and that scars heal as fine lines easily covered by bathing suits or undergarments, it’s impossible to avoid scars altogether.
Do you have tummy tuck before and after photos?
We do! For tummy tuck before and after photos, please visit the before and after gallery here.
How much does a tummy tuck at Somogyi Plastic Surgery cost?
A tummy tuck at Somogyi Plastic Surgery, though highly individualized, ranges in cost from $9,000 – $11,000.
If you have any additional questions about abdominoplasty, or you’re interested in scheduling a private surgical consultation, contact us at Somogyi Plastic Surgery today.