Using advanced techniques and the highest quality equipment, Dr. Pirani will help you eliminate unwanted fat and contour the abdomen area to restore your confidence and youthfulness.
Introduction to Tummy Tuck Surgery
An abdominoplasty (commonly referred to as a “Tummy Tuck”) is a procedure designed to improve the shape and contour of the abdominal region. This is done by removing excess abdominal fat and skin, while also tightening the abdominal wall musculature.
This is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in Toronto. It is often combined with other procedures, including liposuction, in order to obtain the best possible abdominal shape and contour. Many women choose to combine an abdominoplasty with a breast lift or breast augmentation. This is commonly referred to as a “Mommy Makeover”.
Many people choose to have a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) after losing a significant amount of weight, or after pregnancy.
Who is a Good Candidate for an Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck?
If you are concerned about any of the following, then an abdominoplasty may be the ideal procedure for you:
- Excess abdominal skin
- Excess abdominal fat
- Abdominal stretch marks (striae)
In addition, good surgical candidates should be relatively healthy. Smokers should quit smoking for at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to surgery.
How Does Dr. Pirani Perform a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
Depending on the amount of excess skin, fat, and muscle weakening that you have, Dr. Pirani will customize a unique surgical plan to address your concerns while minimizing incision size.
In people with minimal amounts of excess skin or abdominal fat, a mini tummy tuck is often the best option. This can be combined with tightening of the abdominal core musculature to optimize abdominal shape and create a rejuvenated and youthful appearance with minimal scarring.
In individuals with a more significant amount of excess skin, fat, or stretch marks, a more traditional tummy tuck may be the option of choice.
Regardless of the amount of excess abdominal tissue you have, Dr. Pirani will devise a surgical approach that minimizes scarring while maximizing results. Dr. Pirani will often combine liposuction and fat transfer techniques with abdominoplasty surgery to optimize your cosmetic result.
Recovery After a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
After your tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), Dr. Pirani will usually have you stay overnight in our accredited surgical facility. You’ll be attended to by 2 registered nurses during your stay. These nurses will make sure that you’re safe and comfortable.
Dr. Pirani will see you the next morning to change your dressings and make sure that you’re doing well prior to discharging you home. You will see Dr. Pirani regularly after your tummy tuck surgery.
Patients generally take several weeks to recover from an abdominoplasty. Many patients are able to return to work within 2-6 weeks after an abdominoplasty. The type of abdominoplasty you receive and the physical demands of your occupation will determine when you can return to work. After an abdominoplasty, you will generally need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to decrease swelling.
The Abdominoplasty Consultation
There is a large amount of information to review during an abdominoplasty consultation. Your initial consultation with Dr. Pirani will take about an hour while he discusses all of the surgical options relevant to you. Dr. Pirani will then create a custom surgical plan for you. He will go over risks and complications and give you an idea of what you should expect in terms of results and recovery.
Dr. Pirani’s goal is to educate you so that you fully understand your customized surgical plan.
To schedule a consultation with Toronto tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgeon Dr. Pirani, call 416-360-8772. We look forward to meeting you.
Tummy Tuck and Age: Here’s What Actually Matters
A common misconception about tummy tucks is that they are only for the young. Older patients have a tendency to believe that they have gone beyond an imaginary age line that would have allowed them to get one.
The truth is that age has very little to do with whether a tummy tuck is a good choice for you. If you have been battling that belly bulge and have been hesitating about whether a tummy tuck might work for you, you do not need to worry as much as you might think – Because age does not always matter. But here is what actually matters.
Let’s start by going over what the procedure is actually like. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is used to remove excess skin and help smooth out your midsection. The procedure also takes care of any excess fat that is hanging out in the area. The procedure is sometimes done alone or done in conjunction with other procedures for a more complete body makeover. It is important to remember that it has less to do with fat and more to do with smoothing out your abdominal area with the skin and muscles.
Your medical history and your current health are the most important considerations when it comes to cosmetic surgery of any kind. If you are not already in good health, surgery is not a safe option. Additionally, you will need to be a non-smoker before being considered as a candidate.
Many people get tummy tucks following a period of weight loss, where excess skin remains. If this sounds like you, you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. If you do not have good exercise habits and take good care of yourself, you will be disappointed with a tummy tuck. It may get rid of stubborn fat and skin, but it is up to you to keep it off. Otherwise, it will just come back again. You should be as close to your ideal size and weight as possible.
What Else You Need Done
Another consideration is what else that you would like to have done. Many women will wait until they are done having children and get a mommy makeover, which includes a tummy tuck, breast lift, and often a breast reduction or augmentation. It is a good idea to wait until you are done having children before proceeding with a tummy tuck to avoid needing to have another procedure in the future.
When Age Is A Good Thing
Sometimes, waiting until you are older to get a tummy tuck is a good thing. When you have waited until you are surer of your habits, lifestyle, and have more time to commit to yourself, it is easier to give yourself the gift of a tummy tuck.
You are likely to have more time to spend in recovery as well, allowing yourself decent rest. You will need help to move around for the first few days, which means if you have little children at home, you will have a harder time recovering. In fact, younger patients are less likely to benefit long term from a tummy tuck if they have not had their children left home or gone through the normal hormonal fluctuations that come with age.
Other Things to Remember
You will also need to remember that a tummy tuck will not make you drop weight. You need to be your ideal weight before having the procedure. It is not a weight loss procedure, but more of a contouring procedure to help you obtain the shape that you desire. You will also want to keep up with your fitness and health habits to ensure that the bulge will not return in the future.
Patients in their 60s or 70s are just as good of candidates as younger patients. As long as you have maintained good health and a good fitness level, you do not need to worry about whether you are too old for a tummy tuck. Instead, call Dr. Pirani to set up a consultation to find out whether a tummy tuck would be the right procedure for you.
The Medical Benefits of Tummy Tuck
Most people think of the tummy tuck as a purely cosmetic procedure after childbirth or extreme weight loss but there are also medical benefits to this procedure. Admittedly, most people do choose the tummy tuck for cosmetic reasons, but a few of our patients get their tummy tucks for health reasons – and get to have a trimmer figure afterwards!
Easier to Keep Fit
Having weak abs and lots of flabby skin around the tummy makes exercise uncomfortable. People who address this problem with a tummy tuck are able to enjoy exercise more, and that makes them healthier and less likely to become overweight. This may seem like a very simple benefit, but it can’t be overlooked.
Keeping Weight Off
The results of recent research show that weight-loss surgery patients who also have a tummy tuck are far more likely to keep the surgically removed weight off. Doctors are now pushing for medical insurance to cover tummy tuck procedures as part of medically approved weight-loss surgery.
Relief of Stress Urinary Incontinence
After childbirth, some women experience Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). This means that they experience leakage if they laugh, cough, sneeze, or undertake strenuous exercise. It is often possible to overcome this issue without any surgery, but there are times when a little help is needed. During the tummy tuck procedure, we create a minor obstruction of the bladder that reduces SUI but still allows for normal urinary tract functioning.
Apart from enjoying better quality of life after the procedure, women who have this kind of tummy tuck are pleased with the aesthetic effect too.
Lordosis, also known as sway back, happens when weak, distended abdominal muscles are no longer able to support the spine properly. This often happens to women who have had multiple pregnancies. Exercise won’t help because the muscles are too stretched, but they can be tightened up through abdominoplasty.
The severe back pain that results from lordosis is therefore reduced or even eliminated thanks to the tighter muscles lending support to the spine and improving posture.
Correction of Ventral Hernia
Once again, weakened abdominal muscles have a role to play. When the muscle layer is weakened, or stretched, the risk of ventral hernia is substantially increased. Severe weight loss can be a cause, as can other surgeries like appendectomies or caesarean sections. Hernia correction surgery is very similar to a tummy tuck. The surgeon tightens the muscles and the skin. However, abdominoplasty takes the tightening a step further.
Since recurrence of hernias is a common problem, doctors often consider a combination of hernia repair and tummy tuck.
Are loose tummy muscles a health risk?
While it is true that loose tummy muscles can be a health risk, those contemplating an abdominoplasty need to be aware that it is quite a major surgery. Nevertheless, more and more women are getting tummy tucks every year. If you think that you could benefit from a tummy tuck, whether for health or aesthetic reasons, consult a plastic surgeon to get all the facts.