The aging process, pregnancy, weight gain and subsequent loss can all lead to loose skin on the stomach that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. An abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat and tighten abdominal muscles for a smooth and taut tummy. This body contouring procedure is not a remedy for weight loss or obesity, but has an excellent effect of on loose skin.
Oakville Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skincare is committed to providing the highest level of care and safety to its patients. Plastic surgeon Dr. Nancy de Kleer will thoroughly assess your condition and conduct a general health assessment to determine treatment candidacy. Surgical procedures are performed in a fully accredited surgical facility. The administration of a general anaesthetic will be discussed and explained prior to your procedure. Our team of highly skilled professionals take every measure to ensure you’re fully informed and prepared for both pre- and post-surgical care.
How it works
Depending on your individual needs, either a full or mini abdominoplasty will be performed. A full abdominoplasty treats the entire abdomen, while a mini abdominoplasty treats the area below the navel. A surgical incision is made below the navel just above the pubic area and a second incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. The muscle tissue is tightened and stitched into place for a narrower waistline and firmer abdominal wall. Liposuction may be performed to remove unwanted fat. Excess skin is trimmed and redraped and a hole is cut for a new navel, which is then stitched into place.
It is normal to experience pain and swelling immediately after your abdominoplasty. Discomfort may persist for several weeks or months. You will be advised on pain management options. Stitches and compression bandages will be in place to promote proper healing. Dr. de Kleer will explain how to care for your surgical incisions to ensure optimal recovery and comfort. Your activities will be limited for at least two weeks at which point you may return to work. It can take several months of healing to begin to feel normal.