Tummy Tuck in Edmonton

A tummy tuck with Edmonton’s Dr. Jonathan Toy is more than just a surgical procedure. It’s a way to give your body a toned-up look that won’t necessarily come via weight loss alone.

That’s because a tummy tuck is designed to eliminate loose skin and tissue that can create the impression of flab, even in people who’ve already gotten rid of unwanted fat through diet and exercise. Since Dr. Toy is an Edmonton body specialist with an emphasis on post-weight-loss procedures, you can trust that he has focused experience with tummy tucks – and offers the results you’d expect from such an expert.

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A Tummy Tuck is more than fat removal

While a tummy tuck may involve fat removal, it’s not intended as a weight loss procedure. Its main purpose is to eliminate the saggy, droopy pouch that can hide an otherwise defined waistline, tighten and remove excess skin, reposition the belly button, and flatten the stomach. Then end result will be a stomach that looks toned and fit.

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A tummy tuck before and after can be dramatic. What was once a loose stomach area can quickly appear flatter and tighter. That’s because a tummy tuck-also known as an abdominoplasty-addresses a variety of factors:

  • excess skin
  • excess fat
  • weak and separated muscles in the abdomen
  • the appearance of the belly button

Anything that stretches your abdominal muscles – from obesity to pregnancy – can cause them to become lax and not return to their taut state. Conditions that might prompt you to consider a tummy tuck also include aging, genetics, and less-than-ideal results from prior cosmetic procedures. In addition to muscle weakness, these factors can also create a large flap of skin that hangs down, so while the rest of you may look sleek, your belly appears to protrude and droop.

Dr. Toy will meet with you personally to discuss how to approach the tummy tuck before and after you’re hoping for. He’ll assess your current health, figure, and desires so he can ensure that the procedure you choose is the best for your goals. If you’re in good health and at an essentially stable weight, and are looking to tighten up that area between your pelvis and your navel, a tummy tuck may be your best route. It is generally the best procedure to treat excess skin in the abdominal area. In some patients with excess fat, but no skin excess, liposuction alone may be a viable alternative. These options will be discussed by Dr. Toy.

As with liposuction – a procedure that can complement a tummy tuck – an abdominoplasty is something best considered by people who want to tame their midsection, not use the procedure as a means of losing a large amount of weight. Patients who have already lost a great deal of weight will especially find an Edmonton tummy tuck to be beneficial, as it tightens bellies that have been stretched out and now hang loose thanks to shedding pounds via a new diet and exercise regimen, or even bariatric surgery.

There are many options for patients wishing to surgically tighten and tone their midsections. Liposuction alone, a mini-tummy tuck, or a traditional tummy tuck (with or without liposuction) may be possible. Liposuction is best for patients that are close to their goal or ideal body weight and have tight skin. Liposuction does not tighten the skin the same way that a full tummy tuck will. A mini-tummy tuck removes a smaller amount of skin from the lower abdomen with a shorter scar than a full tummy tuck. However, this is a less powerful procedure and removes less skin and does not correct looseness or the appearance of or around the belly button.

Most patients that have had major weight loss or pregnancy benefit most from a full tummy tuck where the skin excess is removed from the belly button to the pubic area, leaving a low scar that can be hidden in the underwear line. The belly button can be fully corrected with improved shape, tightness and a youthful appearance. Stretched out muscles in the midline of the stomach can be sewn back together to bring in the waist on the sides and flatten the front of the stomach. Liposuction can also be added to further shape the waist all the way around (circumferential or 360 liposuction).

Tummy tuck details

A tummy tuck involves Dr. Toy making an incision on the lower abdomen, hidden below the underwear line that generally goes from hip bone to hip bone. You must be ok with this type of scar if you are considering having a tummy tuck. This allows access to the underlying muscles, which can be repaired in a way that tightens up looseness there. Tightening the abdominal muscle layer can cinch in the waist, and some people say that it’s like “sucking in” all the time without having to think about doing it!

With those muscles tightened, a tummy tuck next involves Dr. Toy pulling down the abdominal skin, rather like tugging a bed sheet tight. He secures the skin, now sitting flat over the tighter muscles, and trims away any excess.

He’ll also make an opening for the belly button, allowing it to appear in a typical position. It is still your belly button that is used, just tighter and having a more youthful appearance. The belly button can be one of the most important elements of a tummy tuck and Dr. Toy specializes in creating a feminine and natural-looking belly button.

If you plan or intend to lose a large amount of weight after you get a tummy tuck surgery, talk to Dr. Toy in advance so he can help make sure you get the best, longest-lasting results from your procedure. Most patients should be close to their goal weight prior to a tummy tuck in order to get the best results in the safest manner.

Remember that a tummy tuck focuses only on the area that’s in the name: your tummy. If you have other parts of your body you wish to see tightened or firmed up, you may want to speak to Dr. Toy about that as well. Many patients decide to have multiple procedures performed so they can maintain an overall appearance of balance and proportion. If your abdomen is looking firm and toned, there’s no reason the rest of you shouldn’t match.

Make the call about a tummy tuck

Bring any and all questions you may have about a tummy tuck or other procedures to Dr. Toy for answers. Call his Edmonton office at 780-758-3377.