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First, whether it is a tummy tuck, an abdominal lipectomy, or an abdominoplasty, these terms all refer to the same procedure. The goal of a tummy tuck is to address sagging skin, fat deposits, and sagging muscles. The surgeries are customized according to individual needs.
– When is a tummy tuck required?
If the skin is sufficiently relaxed and the belly is bulging or in the presence of a fatty apron, a complete tummy tuck should be considered.
– When should a mini-lift be considered?
When there are targeted fat deposits with good skin tone, liposuction may be enough to rectify the appearance of the belly. On the other hand, when the skin is only slightly relaxed in the lower abdomen, Dr. Arbour may recommend a mini-lift rather than a full tummy tuck. In short, a mini-lift involves a liposuction of the abdomen and flanks as needed, as well as a skin excision from the lower abdomen without moving the umbilicus.
– Should I lose weight before my surgery?
This will depend on the evaluation during your first consultation with Dr. Arbour. However, we recommend that you have been at a stable weight for several months before your tummy tuck. In addition, we also invite you to maintain a stable weight after the operation in order to maintain the desired results.
– How is tummy tuck surgery performed?
First, the tummy tuck consists of a tightening of the whole belly (1. excision of the skin and excess subcutaneous tissue). We then bring the abdominal muscles together (2. muscle plication), then thin the adipose tissue above the umbilicus (3. liposuction of the epigastrium). Finally, it will be necessary to rejuvenate the skin and bring the navel to its natural position.
Regarding scarring, Dr. Arbour makes the incision as low as possible, so that it can be hidden by underwear. You should also know that a collecting drain will be required for the first week after the operation.
– Can I combine other procedures with a tummy tuck?
We can combine the tummy tuck with other procedures, such as breast surgery or liposuction. If you have any questions about combining treatments, don’t hesitate to talk to Dr. Arbour about this during your consultation. He will take the time to listen to you and present you with the different options that will meet your needs.
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– Which type of anesthesia is used for this operation?
We perform tummy tuck under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis in the operating suite at our Quartier DIX30 clinic. The patient will therefore be able to return home with their companion a few hours after their operation. In addition, for the mini-tummy tuck, we proceed under local anesthesia with sedation.
– How long does the procedure take?
Depending on the approach proposed by Dr. Arbour and the complexity of the case, the procedure takes an average of 2 to 4 hours.
– Is it possible to avoid a tummy tuck?
First of all, a thorough examination with Dr. Arbour is necessary to determine if the tummy tuck is the best solution for you. On the other hand, if you want to reduce sagging tissue without resorting to a tummy tuck and avoid a long scar, Dr. Arbour could offer a less invasive alternative treatment. In short, we are talking about a lipo-firming treatment called BODYtite, which uses radiofrequency energy to break down fat cells and firm the tissues in the abdomen. We are able to improve the silhouette this way, but you need to be able to accept some residual sagging and adjust your expectations for results.
– How long should you plan for a recovery period?
The required recovery postoperative period is 2 weeks for light office-type work and up to 4 weeks for work requiring physical exertion.
«Disclaimer: These photos are published for informational purposes only to provide information on the nature of the procedure. They do not constitute a guarantee of results.»