A complete tummy tuck usually takes two to three hours, depending on the extent of work required by each tummy tuck Toronto / Mississauga patient. A mini-tummy tuck may take an hour or two.
Most commonly, the surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With mini-tummy tuck, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved.
Next, the plastic surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The surgeon then tightens these muscles by pulling them closer together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline.
In a mini-tummy tuck, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.
Your tummy tuck can be performed right on site in the state-of-the-art facilities of The Plastic Surgery Clinic. The clinic meets and even exceeds national, provincial and municipal health care facility standards in such important areas as equipment quality and infection control.
If you prefer, you can choose to have your surgery at one of the hospitals where our highly skilled Toronto plastic surgeons, Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad, enjoy privileges. These include the Mississauga site of the Trillium Health Centre, where Dr. Lista was Chief of Plastic Surgery, and the University Health Network, where Dr. Ahmad continues to provide his services.
No matter where you choose to have your surgery, there is always a surgeon on call to respond to your concerns. In addition, a board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your local or general anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and will be there as you wake up.