Many women after childbirth have abdominal excess skin and stretch marks that don’t disappear with time or exercise. Man and women who have lost significant weight may also present with a similar picture. Occasionally, a similar presentation may be due to normal aging. This excess skin and fat can become a nuisance to most people since it interferes with their ability to wear certain clothes, wear a bathing suit or engage in physical activity. They can also suffer from skin irritation beneath their skin excess. Individuals with unusual excess of abdominal skin and fat feel self conscious and unhappy with their disproportionate shape.
A tummy tuck- or abdominoplasty- is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin, giving your abdomen a slimmer and firmer appearance that is proportional to the rest of the body. In cases where there is a weakening of the abdominal wall, usually due to pregnancy, a tightening of the abdominal muscles is performed to improve the waistline. Dr. Motakis has expertly performed countless such procedures which has allowed his patients to live a comfortable, confident, active lifestyle.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Involve?
During a Tummy Tuck, the excess skin and fat of your abdominal wall is removed and the underlying muscles are tightened if necessary. The incision is hidden very low above the pubic area and is hidden by the underwear. Its length depends on the excess of skin present; the greater the skin excess, the longer that horizontal scar. There is also a small circular incision around the belly-button, which is also very well concealed. While incision lines are permanent, they are hidden wherever possible, and usually significantly fade and improve over time and often become imperceptible. There are also two drains that serve to remove any excess fluid produced during the early stages of healing. These drains are usually removed a week after the operation.
The operation takes approximately three hours and is performed under general anesthesia. After surgery the patients are kept for observation in the surgical facility. You will need to take at least one to two weeks off work so that you can recover at home. You will also have to refrain from any strenuous physical activity and wear a special supportive garment during the first few weeks after surgery.
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly before you decide to proceed. Dr Motakis will explain to you what to expect after an abdominoplasty, and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives before going ahead.
Variations of the procedure include a mini-tummy tuck and an umbilical float abdominoplasty. Mini-tummy tucks involve the removal of excess skin and fat below the umbilicus. Therefore there is no umbilical scar. It is intended for individuals that don’t have excess skin above their umbilicus and whose abdominal muscles don’t need to be repaired. The recovery from this procedure is faster and the scar usually smaller.
Umbilical float abdominoplasty is intended for women with: 1. weakened abdominal wall (diasthesis), 2. excess skin mostly below, and slightly above, the umbilicus and, 3. a relatively high umbillicus. This procedure allows tightening of the abdominal skin without a scar around the belly button. This is achieved by releasing the umbilical stock from its abdominal base while lifting the abdominal skin. The umbilicus is then reattached at the abdominal wall at a lower position (usually 2-4 cm lower) and excess skin is removed. The incision of this procedure is also a low horizontal incision that lies above the pubic area and is well hidden in the underwear. It is usually shorter than the average abdominoplasty incision. The abdominal wall is repaired if the muscles have separated during pregnancy. Ideal candidate are women with excess skin mainly in their lower abdomen and with a high umbilicus.
Are You an Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The ideal candidates for the surgery are individuals who are physically healthy, fall within a relatively normal weight range, and whose weight loss has stabilized. If you are bothered by your sagging abdominal area and lack of waist definition and feel uncomfortable clothed or unclothed, then a tummy tuck may be right for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Motakis to discuss your options.
The Dr. Motakis Difference
Dr. Motakis understands that selecting a physician and deciding whether a tummy tuck is right for you require thoughtful consideration. During consultation, Dr. Motakis will provide you with information about the surgery, associated risks and recovery that you need in order to make an informed decision. Having expertly completed countless cosmetic surgeries, the doctor and his team are committed to providing exceptional care and results that are second-to-none. Dr. Motakis has established a reputation as a trusted and highly recommended cosmetic plastic surgeon in Toronto. He recognises that each person is unique, with different expectations, desires, downtime and budget and he always makes sure to tailor the treatment to the patients needs. Dr Motakis attention to detail, his artistic skills, his ability to avoid creating ‘tell-tale’ signs of surgery and thus create a natural appearance is what sets him apart. Your peace of mind, comfort and satisfaction are of utmost importance.
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