Toronto tummy tuck surgeon Dr. Leila Kasrai has extensive experience performing abdominoplasty in Toronto. Abdominoplasty, also referred to as a tummy tuck, removes that extra skin and fat while tightening the muscles underneath the tummy for flatter, firmer abs. The procedure can also minimize a protruding abdomen, redefine the belly button and eliminate stretch marks. It can also be combined with liposuction for additional contouring. In the following paragraphs, Dr. Kasrai explains some of the reasons why her Toronto abdominoplasty patients undergo this procedure. Dr. Kasrai is also regarded as one of the most accomplished Toronto mommy makeover and breast augmentation surgeons.
Pregnancy and weight loss can be hard on your abdomen; no matter how much you exercise, chances are you'll always be left with a tummy, or with loose, saggy skin.
This is not a weight loss method; abdominoplasty is meant for people who have a fat deposit or loose skin that doesn't respond to diet or exercise.
When performing tummy tuck in Toronto Dr. Kasrai makes an incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area, and another small incision around the navel. She lifts the skin and removes excess fat, tightens the abdominal muscles, and stretches the skin downward, smoothing and flattening the abdominal area and narrowing the waistline. She may or may not move the navel. The length of the scar will depend on how much excess skin needs to be removed, and it should be easy to cover up with a bathing suit.
Toronto tummy tuck patients are given general anesthesia on an in-patient basis at the surgical facility in St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario, where Dr. Kasrai was formerly Chief of Plastic Surgery. An overnight hospital stay is included in for patients as part of the facility fee.
You may initially experience some pain or discomfort, but it can be alleviated with pain medication. You should try to start walking right away, and do some light exercise as soon as you're able; being moderately active can prevent blood clots, help healing and tone muscles.
Dr. Kasrai gives all of her plastic surgery patients specific instructions in order to help speed up the recovery process. You should be back to normal in a couple of weeks, but we recommend that you avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise for about six weeks. Your surface stitches can be removed in two weeks. We will give you a specialized support garment to wear under your clothes for six weeks. If you have small children, you'll need to ask someone to help you with day-to-day activities.
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk, but having a qualified Toronto tummy tuck surgeon, such as Dr. Kasrai, perform the procedure ensures that complications are rare. However, occasional post-operative complications do occur. They can include:
There is a higher risk of these complications in patients who are smokers, are diabetic or have poor circulation. You can reduce your risks by following Dr. Kasrai's instructions, resuming activity after surgery, and by not smoking.