Tummy Tuck

In Ottawa

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Tummy Tuck


Weight loss is an incredible achievement, but depending on the degree of change, some patients are left with stretch marks and loose, sagging skin. These changes may also be seen after pregnancy. Highly reputed plastic surgeons, Dr. Silverman, Dr. Boyd, Dr. Frank, and Dr. Cormier, of Ottawa Plastic Surgery offer Tummy Tuck in Ottawa, Canada to help their patients feel higher self-esteem by removing excess skin, stretch marks, scars, and fat caused by sudden and significant weight loss, or child birth. To learn more about this plastic surgery and what it can do for you, please continue reading the information below.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) aims to remove excess skin and fat deposits from the stomach with the additional benefit of repairing abdominal muscles, which in turn, improves your abdominal contour and gives your stomach a flatter appearance.

As we get older, there are a myriad of things that can wreak havoc on our midsection, particularly extreme weight loss and childbearing. These circumstances can make it incredibly difficult to regain tone and tightness in the abdomen, regardless of how many sit-ups we do or the extent of caloric intake we control.

This frequently happens during pregnancy when the stretching of the stomach causes the abdominal muscles to separate. Once this happens, no amount of diet or exercise will deliver the results you desire, not until the muscles are repaired. Often, the skin is stretched beyond the limits of natural repair during pregnancy and weight fluctuation, leaving the individual with stretch marks and loose, hanging skin and fat.

A tummy tuck procedure addresses these concerns by streamlining and sculpting loose skin around the midsection, restoring your abdominal anatomy to a more youthful state.

What are the benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

Our patients have been able to see some of the following examples of the benefits that a Tummy Tuck in Ottawa can provide:

  • Better overall flexibility
  • Gives your body a better appearance and can increase self-confidence
  • Have significant skin laxity
  • Increases your tolerance for more intense exercises once that removed excess skin is gone
  • Motivates to lose excess weight and achieve better health
  • May prevent painful hernias
  • Repairs issues such as diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal wall) which may result from normal abdominal stretching during pregnancy, or from congenital factors
  • Stronger and improved core

Who Are The Best Candidates For A Tummy Tuck?

At Ottawa Plastic Surgery, we believe you could be a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck in Ottawa, Canada if you have some of the following characteristics:

  • Bothered by the aesthetic of your abdomen
  • Committed to maintaining results through a healthy diet and routine exercise
  • Has no abdominal wall laxity (delete)
  • In good overall physical health
  • Keeps realistic expectations for their tummy tuck results
  • Maintained a stable, healthy weight
  • Non-smoker and can commit to staying so
  • Undesirable abdominal aesthetics that are resistant to correction with diet and exercise

First steps of a Tummy Tuck

What’s the first step?

The first step in getting a Tummy Tuck in Ottawa, Canada is to contact Ottawa Plastic Surgery. When you come in for your consultation, you will be able to meet with one of our surgeons and discuss what you’re looking to achieve from the procedure. Your surgeon will also be able to answer any questions that you may have, give you an examination of your stomach and body type, and ask you questions about your medical history.

You should be very open and honest when talking about your medical history as this will help your surgeon determine if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck and make the safest decisions when creating your surgical and treatment plan.

Once your plan has been made and you agree with it, then you will meet with our Patient Coordinator who will help you select your surgical date. You will also be given a list of instructions that will help give you a more optimal surgical experience.

What to expect on the day of Tummy Tuck surgery

When you come in for your Tummy Tuck, your procedure will typically be performed under general anesthesia, depending on what is discussed during your consultation.

Liposuction will then be performed as required, encompassing any areas of excess fat over the abdomen, hips and flanks and pubic area that require reduction.

A full tummy tuck utilizes a horizontally oriented incision placed between the pubic hairline and the belly button. The shape and length of the incisions are determined by the amount of excess skin. After your abdominal skin is lifted, the weakened and separated underlying abdominal muscles are repaired. If necessary, your surgeon will make a second incision around your naval (navel) to remove the excess skin in your upper abdomen.

The upper abdominal skin is pulled down and any excess skin is trimmed. The remaining skin is sutured together and a new opening for the belly button is created. Your surgeon will transfer the belly button up through the surface and suture it into position. Finally, the incision is closed with sutures, skin adhesives, and/or skin tape. Staples or clips are not typically used, and drains are also only used in unusual circumstances.

This procedure will take approximately two to three hours.

Tummy Tuck recovery

After your surgery, you will be able to return home to recover in peace, however, you should have a friend or family member available to give you a ride home. You will have dressings or bandages applied to your incisions and you may also be wrapped in an abdominal binder (elastic bandage or compression garment) to minimize swelling and give underlying muscles in your abdomen additional support. We at OPS have developed our technique to be able to avoid drain placement during the surgery (drainless abdominoplasty) though on infrequent occasions drains may be required, to help drain any blood or fluid that collects after surgery.

You will likely be sore during the first week or so and should plan on resting and taking some downtime the first few days post-surgery, this is to reduce scarring and avoid any excess bruising or swelling. You may be able to return to work after the first week but only if you have light work. there should be absolutely no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise until your surgeon clears you to do so. Most patients require at least two to three weeks before they can do even gentle tasks, but may resume full activities by about six weeks.

Tummy Tuck Cost

How Much Does Tummy Tuck Cost In Ottawa, Canada

The cost of Tummy Tuck in Ottawa, Canada is dependent on several factors, including the amount of fat and tissue that is required to be removed and the anesthetic choice for your surgery. After meeting with your chosen surgeon and discussing everything, our Patient Coordinator will be able to give you a breakdown of the full price of your treatment.

Why Choose Ottawa Plastic Surgery?

By putting your trust in the expert team of plastic surgeons at Ottawa Plastic Surgery, you can rest assured that you will receive world-class service and results that make you look and feel your best. Led by an award-winning team of surgeons, we are driven by excellence in cosmetic enhancement. We are proud to be the only clinic in Ottawa with an exclusive focus on aesthetic surgeries.

Since founding the practice in 1999, Dr. Silverman has performed over 8,000 cosmetic surgical procedures and brings all of that experience to the table for each and every surgery. He is a certified member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Plastic Surgery and is passionate about making patients feel comfortable, confident, and understood.


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We know that choosing plastic surgeons can be a daunting task, which is why when you come to us for your plastic surgery, you are choosing quality AND care. If you have excess skin and fat in your abdominal region caused by weight fluctuations or pregnancy and you’ve tried everything else to reduce a protruding abdomen, a Tummy Tuck from Ottawa Plastic Surgery can help improve abdominal contour.

Call our office today or use our website to fill out a consultation request form and we will be in touch with you! We look forward to meeting with you and helping achieve a more toned abdomen.

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