Many women and men will develop changes in their abdominal contour after surgery, weight fluctuation or natural aging processes/inheritance factors. Women may develop changes from pregnancy. These changes can result in excess loose skin and fatty tissue, or protrusion of the lower abdomen due to laxity in the stomach muscles. An excellent way to address these concerns is abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck. Ontario plastic surgeons Dr. Howard Silverman and Dr. Kirsty Boyd perform tummy tuck surgery to help patients from Ottawa, Gatineau, Kingston, Cornwall, and other nearby cities reduce excess abdominal fat and skin for a firmer, more toned appearance.
If you are interested in learning more about a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Silverman or Dr. Boyd, please request a consultation or call our office at (613) 792-4137. We look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
The tummy tuck is ideally suited for patients who are close to their ideal body weight, but have unique changes to their body that are not successfully managed by diet or exercise alone. If the elasticity of the abdominal skin has been exceeded by stretching from pregnancy or weight fluctuation, then stretch marks will develop, resulting in a loss of tone that requires skin excision. Similarly, excess fatty tissue tends to accumulate throughout the abdomen and hips, and certain fatty deposits may prove very difficult to address with diet and exercise alone.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
In Ottawa, Ontario, a tummy tuck can firm and smooth your abdomen. The abdominoplasty procedure addresses excess skin and fat from below the belly button, to the bikini line, and may also tighten the muscles of the abdomen. Liposuction of the upper abdomen, hips and flanks is often added to the procedure as well, to enhance the overall results. Many mothers also incorporate a tummy tuck into a comprehensive mommy makeover that addresses several areas at once.
The procedure results in a horizontal scar above the bikini line, extending across the lower abdomen to a variable distance, from a relatively short scar similar to that of a cesarean section (mini-abdominoplasty) to a scar which encircles the entire abdomen and back (lower body lift). Most patients who are candidates for an abdominoplasty will have a scar that extends from hip to hip. A second scar is often hidden within the belly button. Each scar can be designed to be concealed within your preferred style of undergarments or swim-wear.
Each abdominoplasty procedure is unique and this procedure has a very high rate of patient satisfaction. To learn the answers to frequently asked questions about this procedure, please visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ.