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; in fact, additional weight loss can even accentuate the problem. The best solution may be a tummy tuck with plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Weinberg in Toronto or Mississauga. With this procedure, he helps women and men achieve a flat, smooth stomach that appears tight and toned.
This patient came to Dr. Weinberg seeking a tummy tuck to improve the appearance of her abdomen. She had excess skin and fat. Dr. Weinberg performed a tummy tuck, giving her the flat stomach she desired.
This 40-year-old woman had loose skin and stretch marks after pregnancy. She wanted to be able to wear a bathing suit with confidence again, so she came to Dr. Weinberg's office for a consultation. During the consultation, Dr. Weinberg exam... Read More
This patient had excess skin and fat on her abdomen, so she came to Dr. Weinberg for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He performed the procedure, removing excess skin, fat, and tightened up the underlying muscle layer to give her a smooth, flat t... Read More
This woman came to Dr. Weinberg seeking to improve the appearance of her abdomen. She had excess fat and her stomach appeared distended due to stretched out abdominal muscles. Dr. Weinberg performed a tummy tuck to remove the excess fat and giv... Read More
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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.
Types of Tummy Tuck
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.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck is a less invasive version of a tummy tuck that is most appropriate for patients who have an isolated pocket of fat immediately below the belly button. This procedure involves a much smaller incision made below the belly button. While experiences vary, the mini tummy tuck typically takes only 45 minutes to perform. 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.
Drainless Tummy Tuck
Dr. Weinberg offers the option of a drain-free tummy tuck for qualified patients. This approach uses a Quill™ suture to firmly adhere the overlying skin flap to the muscular abdominal wall, which minimizes any potential space for fluid to accumulate between skin and muscle (eliminating the need for drains altogether). This technique has several advantages, including:
Firmer muscle repair
Reduced surgical time, which translates to an even safer procedure overall
Enhanced comfort during recovery
Patients move more easily after surgery and avoid the discomfort sometimes associated with drain removal.
Nonsurgical Tummy Tuck
Patients with excess fat but very little to no excess skin may benefit from nonsurgical fat reduction treatments instead of a tummy tuck, such as CoolSculpting®.
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
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.
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 served Division Head of Plastic Surgery for more than 15 years, 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.
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.
Dr. Michael J. Weinberg
PLASTIC SURGEON, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCSC
As an experienced, Royal-College certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Weinberg is devoted to helping patients reach their cosmetic goals. For over 25 years, he has built a reputation as one of the best plastic surgeons in Mississauga through expertise, experience, and dedication to his patients.
In the Greater Toronto Area, 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. The 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.
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; it involves a single recovery period and may be more cost-effective than having the procedures performed individually.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Tummy Tuck?
Most of our patients are ready to return to work within 2 to 4 weeks of a regular tummy tuck. Experiences vary after tummy tuck surgery, but recovery generally includes the following:
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 consultation.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
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 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 “cure” 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.
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.