Tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia. It takes between two to four hours to complete. There are two major methods for this procedure:
Full/Complete Abdominoplasty in which lose skin and extra fat above and under your belly button is removed and the belly button is repositioned in your skin.If needed the abdominal muscle is tightened with stiches. The incision is a half-moon shape as close to the pubic mound as possible. Length of the incision depends on the mass of the skin and fat that needs to be removed.
Partial/Mini Abdominoplasty treats the area under the belly button and the belly button itself is not touched. Typically the muscles are not treated in the mini Abdominoplasty, and the length of the incision may be shorter than it is in full Abdominoplasty.
Talk to your plastic surgeon to find out which of these two methods are suited for you.
After your procedure Small, thin tubes may be placed through tiny incisions bellow the main incision site to drain any excess blood or fluid. Dressings or bandages may be applied to your incision and you may be asked to wear a compression garment or binder for 4-6 weeks. This minimizes swelling and helps to avoid fluid buildup and supports your abdomen as it heals following surgery.
Your recovery time will depend on several factors, including the type and extent of your Abdominoplasty, your age, health, and body weight. But typically the patient may return to work within two to four weeks. More strenuous activities may be resumed after approximately four to six weeks if sanctioned by the surgeon after re-evaluation.
Swellings will disappear in a matter of weeks and resolve completely in a few months. Scars are normal and should fade and flatten anywhere from three months to one year after surgery.
Though infrequent, complications may include. Fluid retention or excessive loss of blood and fluids, Accumulation of blood and/or fluids under the skin(Hematoma and Seroma), infection, reaction to anesthesia medications, pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that travels to the lung), scarring (keloids), damage to underlying structures, or the need for a second reversionary operation Persistent pain.
Hematoma and Seroma may require intervention to drain the blood or serum that is accumulated under the skin. There may be complications with the healing of the wound after surgery which may be exacerbated for smokers.
Price & Cost
Price range: From CA$9000 Abdominoplasty plus removing excess fat from the belly & love handles …depending on the extent of surgery. Our surgeon can give you an exact estimate of the cost after examination & talking with you. The Consult session is free.
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