Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Vancouver, BC
An abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin, and can restore and tighten the abdominal musculature. This creates a flat, smoother and firmer abdominal contour helping to restore a fit and healthy look and feel. Despite the best efforts to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle, our desire for a flat and toned stomach can be difficult to achieve. Weight fluctuation, pregnancy, changes in skin elasticity, and our own genetics can all greatly influence how our bodies respond to changes over time, and the abdomen is one area that can be particularly susceptible to change.
Take a look at the photo gallery for some before and after examples, to see how abdominoplasty surgery, or a tummy tuck, can make a great difference in the way you look and feel. To take the next step, request a consultation with Dr. Seal, or call our office at (604) 569-2895 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you identify what your options may be on the road to achieving all of your aesthetic and functional goals.
Tummy Tuck Considerations
Optimizing your lifestyle is important before considering tummy tuck surgery. Having a balance of a healthy, nutritious diet, together with a consistent, sustainable exercise program is key to this process. As well, smoking should be stopped before considering surgery, as this can greatly increase risks around the procedure. These lifestyle commitments help to ease the recovery period and ensure you have beautiful long lasting results.
Tummy Tuck Surgery can be performed utilizing several different techniques. Through your consultation, one main focus is to understand your individual concerns and goals, and then discuss what options exist to help address them. These can be influenced by your starting body shape and skin elasticity. If there are stretch marks in the lower abdomen, these will be removed by the procedure, and this can greatly enhance the abdominal appearance. Depending on how much skin is removed, there may need to be an incision around your belly button to reposition it. Liposuction may also be combined with the procedure to help provide a more slim and contoured waistline, as well, the details of Abdominal Contouring surgery may be incorporated to tighten the abdominal muscles and help achieve a beautiful, slim and fit look.
In general, an incision is made across the lower abdomen to remove the excess skin and fat and repair the weakened abdominal muscles if needed. The length of the incision is influenced by the degree of excess tissue present. One of Dr. Seal’s goals for your abdominal surgery, is to make your incisions as unnoticeable as possible. At the time of your surgery, you are encouraged to bring a favorite bikini bottom or type of underwear to ensure your scar can be hidden below where this covers. The surgery cannot be done without making some incisions, however, these are strategically placed to help hide them as best as possible, and will continue to fade over the first year after your surgery. All of the important scar management modalities that you can do to help optimize your incision and results are reviewed during your follow-up visits.
What to expect during your recovery
Abdominoplasty surgery, or a Tummy Tuck, is generally performed as an outpatient procedure at a private surgical facility. You will be able to go home after the procedure to relax and recover. In general, most patients recover well over the first 3 weeks, and we provide you with all the medication and supplies to help you through this process. When thinking about time off work, or away from social commitments, 2-to-3 weeks is usually a safe window of downtime. During the recovery time, you will wear a compression garment under your clothes to help minimize swelling and provide support to your abdomen. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks to prevent strain on the abdominal wall. Dr. Seal will see you in the office over the recovery period to review all of the important information with you and ensure you are doing well. There are often drains used in the first 3 days to help minimize the chance of fluid accumulating. These are removed in the office and appropriate drain care instructions are provided. The final results can appear gradually over the first few months. The incisions continue to fade over the first year, and all of the important things you can do to help optimize your results are reviewed during your follow-up visits.
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can truly be transforming for both the appearance of your abdomen, as well as, from a functional point of view. Most patients love their new, slimmer, flatter stomach, with a better toned and contoured waist line. This can make clothes feel and look better, and make daily life, as well as, exercise more comfortable and enjoyable.