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Tummy Tuck

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After pregnancy and childbirth, it is not uncommon for the abdominal muscles and skin to be left weakened or stretched. When this happens, typically neither exercise nor weight loss will help, and additional weight loss can even accentuate the problem. Dr. Michael J. Weinberg performs tummy tuck surgery to help Toronto and Mississauga women and men achieve a flat, smooth stomach that appears tight and toned.

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Tummy Tuck - Case 58

From Northern Ontario Tummy Tuck Surgery Worth The Trip. This 52 year old receptionist , and mother of three from Huntsville didn’t like the loose , wrinkling skin of her abdomen. In addition to her three pregnancies, she had undergone tubal ligation surgery. Dr. Weinberg determined that the appeara...

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Massive Weight Loss, Tummy Tuck - Case 60

Toronto Tummy Tuck After Massive Weight Loss.This 62 year old driver was unhappy with the pounds she had gradually gained over a number of years . She made a commitment to diet and exercise, and to her great credit succeeded in losing considerable weight, but was left with unsightly rolls of loose s...

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Tummy Tuck - Case 19

Hernia Repair, Liposuction & Tummy Tuck for Collingwood Resident Worth Trip to Toronto:This 42 Year old woman living in the Blue Mountain area in Ontario was first referred to see Dr. Weinberg at Meaford Hospital. An active and youthful personality, she enjoyed working out, walking, running and ...

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Tummy Tuck - Case 5

Toronto Tummy Tuck Patient with Challenging Upper Abdominal Fold. This 51 year old Toronto mother, who works in the hospitality industry, was unhappy with her breasts and abdominal shape after child rearing. The challenge with this abdominoplasty was the upper abdominal fold, around the umbilicus. ...

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Tummy Tuck - Case 64

Tummy Tuck: With recent weight loss this mother of two only had a small fat deposit in her lower abdomen, but unfortunately along with the benefits of diet and exercise she’d noticed increasing loose skin on her abdominal wall. At 40 she felt she had lost her youthful figure and she discussed liposu...

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Tummy Tuck - Case 22

Tummy Tuck Restores Waistline.This 32 year old professional woman and mother of twins had no plans for more children. She disliked the hanging skin that she’d been left with, not to mention the stretch marks, from her previous pregnancies. She decided she wanted either liposuction or a tummy t...

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Tummy Tuck - Case 76

Tummy Tuck Mississauga Patient. This young woman has evidence in her preoperative picture of a modest amount of abdominal fat primarily below her belly button. Because of her lax, wrinkling abdominal skin, she would not be a good candidate for Liposonix, for example, and for the same reason she was ...

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Breast Reduction, Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck - Case 105

A Mommy Makeover Helps Toronto Woman Feel Comfortable:This healthy 42 year Toronto resident was unhappy with her figure after C section, child rearing and breast feeding. Her large hanging breasts were uncomfortable on her 5 feet four inch frame, and resulted in back neck and shoulder pain. Despite ...

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Tummy Tuck - Case 87

Tummy Tuck, Tubal Ligation and Hernia Repair.At 31, after 2 C-sections, this active hairstylist did not like her figure. The C-sections had left an unsightly scar, and her tummy protruded. She found Dr. Weinberg in Fashion Magazine, and booked a consultation. When he examined her, Dr. Weinberg found...

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Tummy Tuck - Case 110

This 40-year-old patient received an abdominoplasty. This Sales Analyst from Georgetown, Ontario, was not satisfied with the excess skin on her abdomen, and elected to get a tummy tuck, for the purpose of repairing her muscle wall. She met with Dr. Weinberg for a consultation three times before maki...

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Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Women and men considering tummy tuck surgery want to improve the appearance of a protruding, sagging midsection. They typically have one or more concerns, including:

  • Loose skin on the abdomen
  • A bulging tummy caused by separated abdominal muscles
  • Pubic laxity
  • Stretch marks on the abdomen

Candidates for abdominoplasty are in good overall health and do not smoke. Smoking increases the risk of complications both during and after the surgery. A tummy tuck isn't weight-loss surgery and patients should be near their ideal weight to get the most benefit from the procedure. Dr. Weinberg discusses the advantages and limitations of tummy tuck surgery during your consultation to ensure that it's the right procedure for you.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Abdominoplasty is designed to flatten your abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure usually takes about 2 1/2 hours and is almost always performed under general anesthesia.

A tummy tuck can be performed at the clinic or at Trillium Health Centre, where Dr. Weinberg is Division Head of Plastic Surgery, depending on patient preference, extent of surgery, and the patient's general health. Most of our Mississauga and Toronto tummy tuck patients choose to have their surgery at the clinic, with its pleasant atmosphere and all the personal attention of a private facility.

Choose Your Approach

  • Traditional: Sometimes called a "full" tummy tuck, the procedure removes skin and fat above and below the navel for a complete improvement. It's best for people who'd like to treat the full abdomen.
  • Mini: Using a smaller incision, the mini tummy tuck treats the area below the navel. Many people, especially women, often have a "pooch" in this area. A mini tummy tuck can create a "just right" result.
  • Drainless: This specialized version of a full tummy tuck uses a unique suturing technique to eliminate the need for surgical drains after surgery. Dr. Weinberg can help you determine whether you're a candidate.

As with all surgical procedures, there are possible complications that can occur with a tummy tuck. Dr. Weinberg will discuss potential complications specific to your surgery with you in detail at your consultation. For a discussion of general risks of surgery, review Dr. Weinberg's Your First Visit page.

Drain-Free Tummy Tuck

Dr. Weinberg offers the option of a drain-free tummy tuck for qualified patients. This approach uses a Quill suture during abdominoplasty. The sutures firmly adhere the overlying skin flap to the muscular abdominal wall.

This has several advantages, including a firmer muscle repair, as well as reduced surgical time, which translates to an even safer procedure overall. It also minimizes any potential space between skin and muscle for fluid to accumulate (eliminating the need for drains altogether). This enhances the comfort level during recovery: Patients move more easily after surgery and avoid the discomfort sometimes associated with drain removal.

Tummy Tuck Made Better

As Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Trillium Health Centre, having performed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures over many years, Dr. Weinberg has a reputation for:

  • Innovation – He uses advanced techniques, including new "no drains" approach that leads to a faster, more comfortable recovery.
  • Options – He offers "mini-tummy tuck" procedures, combination "Mommy Makeovers," and non-surgical body contouring with liposuction or high frequency ultrasound (Liposonix).
  • Results – His goal is to give his patients an aesthetic reduction of fat and loose skin with a minimally noticeable scar and natural looking belly button placement.
  • Safety – A fully accredited facility, certified staff, and shorter surgical time mean added safety.

Dr. Michael J. Weinberg is a Royal College certified plastic surgeon, and is committed to helping you achieve a youthful and vibrant appearance.

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Mini-Tummy Tuck

Some patients who have an isolated pocket of fat immediately below the belly button may be best suited for a mini tummy tuck, a procedure involving a much smaller incision made below the belly button. While experiences vary, this procedure typically takes only 45 minutes. Patients are back to work in a few days and can resume normal exercise within 2 to 4 weeks. Whenever possible, the incision is concealed in the lower abdominal fold.

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Tummy Tuck Cost & Related Procedures

The cost of tummy tuck surgery will vary with several factors, including the amount of tissue removed and whether the procedure is performed in hospital or at the clinic.

We offer patients a variety of ways to reduce total cost of their cosmetic procedures, such as combining a tummy tuck with other procedures. A popular combination is a Mommy Makeover. This customized procedure combines a tummy tuck with breast surgery and liposuction in our Toronto and Mississauga centers; it involves a single recovery period and may be more cost-effective.

As lower-cost alternatives, patients with excess fat but no or very little excsess skin may benefit from nonsurgical fat reduction treatments, such as CoolSculpting® and LipoSonix®. Cost of surgery, as well as other detailed information about your procedure, including any potential complications, will be reviewed in detail during your in-depth consultation with Dr. Weinberg.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Tummy Tuck?

Healing rates vary after tummy tuck surgery, but recovery generally progresses as follows:

  • Most of our patients report that they can return to work within 2 to 4 weeks of a regular tummy tuck.
  • After the procedure, patients are given an abdominal binder to wear for the first 6 weeks.
  • Patients may return to strenuous activities and exercise in 4 to 6 weeks.
  • The resulting scar may take 3 months to 2 years to fade.

Dr. Weinberg will discuss and answer questions about specific possible side effects and complications in detail during your consultationyour consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tummy tuck?

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck flattens and firms the abdominal area by removing excess skin and fat and correcting the muscle laxity that is often present after massive weight loss or pregnancy.

Do I need a tummy tuck or liposuction?

While liposuction is great for removing isolated areas of fat, it doesn't address the sagging skin and lax muscles that are often present after pregnancy or weight loss. Dr. Weinberg often uses liposuction to give his Mississauga and Toronto tummy tuck patients sculpted waists and flanks.

What if I continue losing weight after a tummy tuck?

It is best for tummy tuck patients to be at a stable weight before having the surgery, but there are people who lose more weight — or gain weight — after the procedure. Significant weight loss may result in additional excess skin, especially if your skin has lost much of its elasticity.

Results can also be compromised if a patient gains a lot of weight and then loses it again — for example, if a woman gets pregnant after having a tummy tuck.

How soon after having a baby can I get a tummy tuck?

There is no exact answer to this question, but Dr. Weinberg recommends waiting at least 6 months after having a baby before undergoing abdominoplasty. That's true even for women who have cesarean section births. Most women lose weight after giving birth, and it's best to be at or near your pre-pregnancy weight before having a tummy tuck.

Will a tummy tuck get rid of my stretch marks?

The removal of excess, stretched skin will definitely reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but may not provide a total &quo;cure&quo; because stretch marks above the belly button usually remain. During your personal consultation, Dr. Weinberg will discuss the degree of improvement you can expect.

Should I have a tummy tuck with small children at home?

Plenty of new moms have tummy tuck surgery, but it's very important to have a reliable support system in place before the procedure. Helping hands will be essential for several reasons.

You will have to avoid lifting your children for at least 2 weeks after the surgery, for example, and you will need to get plenty of rest to help your recovery go more quickly. Even simple chores can be too much during the initial stages of the recovery, so arrange to have friends or a housekeeper come to your house to help clean and keep things organized.

To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, call our office at (905) 273-3045 (Mississauga) or (416) 207-9090 (Toronto) or request an appointment online.request an appointment online. Dr. Weinberg helps men and women from Oakville, Brampton, and beyond achieve their aesthetic goals.

Dr. Weinberg does not endorse or lend his name to any specific product, medication, or device. The information on this page is meant to familiarize prospective patients with some of the commonly available treatments/products and devices in use for specific issues and is intended for general educational purposes only. Decisions regarding treatments in a specific patient must be made in the context of a medical consultation.

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TPSC

The Toronto Plastic Surgery Clinic:
Dr. Michael J. Weinberg

1-66 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON M5R 3N8
(416) 207-9090

Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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The Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic:
Michael Weinberg, MD

247 Queensway West
Mississauga, ON L5B 1B9
(905) 273-3045

Monday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.