One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures is the tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty. People turn to this extremely gratifying surgery after working hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and regular exercise and shedding extra pounds. No matter how many crunches you do, sometimes there are still pockets of stubborn fat or areas of sagging, excess skin. Dr. Marc DuPéré, a Royal College-certified surgeon with years of experience, can address these concerns with a tummy tuck in Toronto for both men and women.
Are you interested in tightening and sculpting your midsection? Request a consultation online with Dr. DuPéré, or call our office at (416) 929-9800 to learn more.
A tummy tuck can correct a number of common concerns by:
Before deciding to undergo abdominoplasty, women should consider whether they may have children in the future. Although getting a tummy tuck will not have any negative effects on pregnancy, a pregnancy may undo some of the positive effects of the surgery. It is an exceptional procedure for mothers who are done having children.
Patients who are good candidates for a tummy tuck are close to their ideal weight and are in good health.
Dr. DuPéré performs a variety of different tummy tuck procedures, including two of the most popular: traditional abdominoplasty and the mini tummy tuck. Each method is designed to treat different concerns. Dr. DuPéré will evaluate you thoroughly during your consultation and make a recommendation for which method might work best for you, depending on such factors as your age, gender, level of activity, diet, and medical history.
A traditional tummy tuck has a longer incision than a mini procedure and addresses excess skin and fat above the belly button and below. A mini tuck improves contours below the belly button only. In both cases, scars are designed to be hidden beneath the underwear or bikini line. The traditional technique is appropriate for most cases requiring dramatic skin excision, but a mini tuck can provide improvement for less severe cases.
More and more men are having tummy tucks — and other plastic surgery — performed than ever before. Dr. DuPéré makes sure to tailor his surgical work to a patient's goals and gender. He uses greater tension closures at mid-waist for women to produce an hourglass shape, and he uses these closures lower on the waist for men to create a masculine triangular-shaped torso.
Dr. DuPéré often performs tumescent liposuction in conjunction with tummy tuck surgery to contour surrounding areas and produce a better overall effect. The upper abdomen, love handles, and back bulges are common areas for liposuction. Tummy tucks are also often combined with other procedures such as a breast lift, a body lift for post-weight loss patients, or a mommy makeover.
After a tummy tuck, which is usually performed under general anesthesia, patients will wear dressings and often a compression garment. Some patients may also have drains that will need to be removed during follow-up visits. Dr. DuPéré and his team will give you detailed instructions on how to change your dressings and how to best manage any discomfort you may feel with pain medications.
Patients can usually return to work within 1 or 2 weeks after their surgery, depending on the job. Normal daily activities can be resumed in a few weeks, but strenuous activities should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.
Some of the results from a tummy tuck will be apparent immediately after your surgery, but full results will not be apparent for several months as scars and swelling fade.
Dr. DuPéré's duty as a surgeon is to inform patients of potential risks and complications after surgery. Those can include scars, discomfort for several days, temporary bruising around the surgical sites and sometimes over the genital and pubic regions, swelling, temporary loss of sensation over the surgical sites, asymmetry, seroma, hematoma, infection, nerve and vessel injury, risks related to liposuction, and general anesthesia-related complications.