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Excess skin and fat on your abdomen can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. A tummy tuck — technically known as an abdominoplasty – can give you a flatter, firmer abdomen by removing unsightly fat and skin, as well as tightening your abdominal muscles.

Many of Dr Ali Izadpanah tummy tuck patients are very independent women who may be dissatisfied with their abdomen following pregnancy or weight loss. While foundation garments are a temporary solution, they can be uncomfortable and are not helpful in intimate situations. A tummy tuck is a way to restore your pre-pregnancy abdomen and regain their femininity.

For many of Dr Ali Izadpanah patients, the decision to have a tummy tuck is about more than their abdomen. The choice to have a tummy tuck signifies that they are finished having children and are ready to focus on themselves. Choosing to have a tummy tuck is a decision to feel more feminine and confident. Dr Ali Izadpanah’s goal is to help every patient look and feel her best.

Tummy Tuck examination


You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck if, despite diet and exercise, you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen. An abdominoplasty is a good solution for women whose muscles have been stretched apart during pregnancy, as well as women who have excess fat and skin following weight loss.

You must also have realistic expectations for the surgery. Abdominoplasty is major surgery and is not a treatment for obesity. It is also not an effective treatment for stretch marks located above the umbilicus.

For the best results from a tummy tuck, you should also be close to your ideal weight and your weight should be stable. You should be physically healthy and not smoke. If you are planning to become pregnant in the future, Dr Ali Izadpanah recommends postponing your tummy tuck until after you have finished having children. She does not recommend you undergo a tummy tuck at the same time as a Caesarean section.


The first part of your tummy tuck is a comprehensive consultation in our Montreal office. Dr Ali Izadpanah will get to know you and your goals for the surgery. For many women, a tummy tuck is a way to feel more feminine and return to their pre-pregnancy body.

During your consultation, you will need to tell Dr Ali Izadpanah about your goals for the surgery. She will also want to learn about your medical history (including abdominal surgeries) as well as your use of medications, nicotine and/or alcohol. The ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery has finished having children and has achieved a stable weight.

Dr Ali Izadpanah will conduct a physical examination. She will evaluate the areas of excess skin and fat on your abdomen and flanks. In addition, she will examine the muscles on your abdominal wall. Some patients have hernias (defects in the abdominal wall) that can be repaired at the same time as a tummy tuck, in conjunction with a general surgeon.

To meet your aesthetic goals, Dr Ali Izadpanah may suggest additional procedures that could be performed along with your tummy tuck. This includes liposuction to contour your flanks and inner thighs. Some patients also choose to also undergo breast surgery to lift their breasts and add volume. The combination of tummy tuck surgery and breast surgery is commonly referred to as a “mommy makeover” procedure. Depending on your anatomy, you may also be a candidates for non-invasive treatments, such as CoolSculpting®.

At this appointment, we will take pre-operative photographs. These photographs are an important part of your surgical planning and are considered part of your medical record. They will never be shown to other patients without your written permission.

At the end of the consultation, Dr Ali Izadpanah will let you know if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck and if it will meet your goals. She will educate you about your abdominoplasty options and answer your questions. Dr Ali Izadpanah wants you to make an informed decision about your tummy tuck and she will not pressure you to schedule a procedure.


If you decide to proceed with a tummy tuck, you will have a second consultation with Dr Ali Izadpanah in our Montreal office. At this appointment, Dr Ali Izadpanah will also explain her plan for your surgery. She will let you know the length of your surgery and what to expect during your recovery. You will also complete the necessary paperwork for your abdominoplasty.

Depending on your medical history, Dr Ali Izadpanah may advise you to discontinue certain medications prior to surgery. If you are a smoker, you must not smoke for eight weeks before or after the surgery. Prior to surgery you will be required to obtain routine bloodwork (and possibly preoperative clearance) from your primary medical doctor. For your safety, Dr Ali Izadpanah may also order additional screening tests.


Tummy tuck surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgery center. The surgery lasts between 1 1/2 – 2 hours. It is performed under general anesthesia which is very safe and it makes certain that you will be completely comfortable during your abdominoplasty.

Dr Ali Izadpanah will meet with you immediately before your surgery. She will make several marks on your abdomen and flanks, as well as answer any last-minute questions.

After you have received general anesthesia, Dr Ali Izadpanah will make a long horizontal incision between your hipbones. This incision is hidden within your bikini line. In patients who have undergone a prior C-section, the incision can be made in the same location and extended to the sides. The skin and fat are loosened from the abdominal wall. Sutures are placed in the fascia of the abdominal wall muscles to create a tight, firm abdomen. Your abdominal skin and fat are carefully pulled down over the incision line and the excess is removed.

While the umbilicus has stayed in the same place on the abdominal wall, the skin around it has moved. This requires Dr Ali Izadpanah to create a new opening. The placement of the umbilicus is marked on the skin, and a hole is cut. The umbilicus is pulled through the skin and sutured into place. The incisions are closed using dissolvable sutures.

Drains are generally placed to prevent the buildup of fluid, which can create pressure on the incisions and re-draped skin. A drain is a clear plastic tube placed through a small incision, which leads out of the body to a small oval-shaped bulb. The drains will be removed in the office four to five days following surgery, depending upon the volume of drainage recorded. In some cases, Dr Ali Izadpanah will use special stitches on the abdomen which will eliminate the need for drains.

In the “mini” tummy tuck procedure, the lower abdominal muscle is tightened. Fat and skin are also removed. The mini tummy tuck is performed through a limited horizontal bikini incision, without repositioning of the navel. The resulting scar is usually low on the abdomen, and therefore can be concealed within most bathing suits and clothing. Small drain tubes are occasionally placed with this technique as well, although in select cases Dr Ali Izadpanah will opt to use sutures only.

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