A Glossary Of Toronto Tummy Tucks Terms

An abdominoplasty, or more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a popular plastic surgery that permanently removes excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, as well as restores and strengthens weakened abdominal muscles. The end result of this body-contouring procedure is a nicely-toned, flatter tummy.

As you plan for your Toronto tummy tuck, you will have likely encountered tons of medical terminology that is difficult to understand during your research and preparations. To help familiarize you with the jargon used by specialists, we will decode some of the common terms associated with an abdominoplasty.


This is a plastic surgery that removes excess, hanging skin and fat from the abdominal region to improve body contour and produce a flatter tummy.


This is a condition in which the left and right abdominal muscles become separated from each other and results in a pot-belly appearance. It can be corrected with an abdominoplasty.

General Anesthesia

It is a combination of medical drugs and/or gases administered by an anesthesiologist during the surgical procedure to relieve pain, provide comfort and alter consciousness of the whole body.


This is a medical condition in which there is internal bleeding and the blood is pooling beneath the skin. This can be a complication associated with a tummy tuck surgery; however, there are certain precautions to take prior to surgery in order to prevent it.

Intravenous Sedation

It is either a single-agent or a combination of medical drugs that produce a calming effect when administered through an injection into the vein. It helps with relaxation of the body during a tummy tuck surgery.


This is a plastic surgery procedure that can also be referred to as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy. It permanently removes fat deposits beneath the skin’s surface using a small cannula and vacuum and is often offered in conjunction with a tummy tuck surgery to give the best outcomes. Liposuction is not limited to the abdominal region.

Local Anesthesia

Similar to general anesthesia, it is a combination of medical drugs that provides comfort and relieves pain in the site of administration during an abdominoplasty.


These are stitches that are used by plastic surgeons to close up the incision after the procedure is complete. There are many different options of sutures available and your plastic surgeon will know which is most suitable for each tissue type.

Tummy Tuck

This is the more common, everyday term for an abdominoplasty. It describes the plastic surgery procedure for correcting the loose, hanging skin and fat of the abdomen. There are different variations of tummy tucks (full vs. partial) depending on the amount of work that is required to achieve your goals. Tummy tucks are also offered as a part of the “mommy makeover” procedure for those who have multiple problematic areas that need correction with plastic surgery (most commonly the breasts and tummy).




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