Abdominoplasty surgery is popular with individuals who want firm, flat midsections, especially after significant weight loss or pregnancy has overstretched the abdominal skin and muscles.
Diet and exercise are generally recommended to reduce fat and improve muscle tone. However, excess skin, stubborn pockets of fat, and separated abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis) require surgical correction. Our Royal College-certified plastic surgeons use their experience and skills to tailor the abdominoplasty procedures to each patient's unique needs, so you achieve the desired results.
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Is Abdominoplasty for You?
While Abdominoplasty surgery may involve removing residual fat from the midsection, its primary goals are to remove excess, sagging skin and tighten separated abdominal muscles. Liposuction may be a better option for you if your primary concern is excess fat in the torso or abdomen.
Good candidates for an Abdominoplasty include:
An Abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss surgery, nor is it appropriate for individuals who intend to lose weight. To undergo Abdominoplasty surgery, you should be in good overall health and must demonstrate that you can maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI).
Your Abdominoplasty Options
Our surgeons customize Abdominoplasty surgery to meet the personal needs of each patient. After evaluating your physical characteristics and discussing your aesthetic goals, your surgeon will recommend a specific surgical plan. Generally, our surgeons perform a full or a limited (mini) abdominoplasty.
In a full Abdominoplasty, the surgeon makes one horizontal incision just above the pubic area, spanning from hipbone to hipbone. Our surgeons make the incision as low as possible, so your underwear or a bikini conceals it. Next, the surgeon elevates the skin, exposing the abdominal muscles and allowing him to repair the diastasis rectus to tighten and slim the midsection. Finally, your surgeon will remove excess skin and possibly use liposuction to refine the area further.
Some individuals require correction only of those areas below the navel. In these cases, our surgeons may recommend a limited or mini-Abdominoplasty. This operation is similar to a full Abdominoplasty, with the primary differences being that the incision is shorter and the surgeon only removes excess skin below the navel. In addition, the belly button is not re-positioned but may be reshaped as the skin is stretched.
As with a full Abdominoplasty, your surgeon may use liposuction to remove excess fat and contour the final results.
Recovery After an Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed at Macleod Trail Surgical Centre, our state-of-the-art, fully accredited private surgical suite. The surgery typically takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the extent of correction required. After you've recovered from the general anesthesia – typically 2 hours after surgery – you will be discharged to the care of a friend or loved one, who should stay with you overnight. You will receive detailed post-op instructions to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. In addition, you will be instructed on how to care for and monitor the surgical drains left in place to prevent fluid build-up. These are typically removed within the first week.
Everyone's experience is different, but generally, Abdominoplasty patients take about 2twoweeks off from work to get their healing well underway. You will wear a compression garment for several weeks for support and to help with recovery, and you will be advised to keep your activity level light to moderate. Your surgeon will let you know when you can resume exercise and other strenuous activities.
We would like to encourage you to communicate with our office so that we can maximize comfort and clear any uncertainties.