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Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty


Contour and Flatten Your Abdomen, Remove Lose and Excess skin...

Loose skin, fat deposits, and stretch marks on the abdomen make many of us feel self-conscious. Tummy tuck surgery performed at Radiance Plastic Surgery, a fully accredited facility, can effectively remove excess skin and fat to create a smoother, firmer midsection.


What can a Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) at Radiance Plastic Surgery do for you?


Dr. Laliberte is a specialist in body contouring, routinely performing many surgical body procedures, the most popular of which is the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Depending on a patient’s goals, multiple surgical body procedures can be combined or performed in succession, where appropriate such as in major weight loss cases (body lift, arm lift, SAFE liposuction) or post-pregnancy mommy makeovers (abdominoplasty with SAFE liposuction plus breast procedure). 


The Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) in Calgary, Edmonton Banff and Canmore helps many women refine body contours to achieve a proportional, fit appearance and a more confident, youthful self-image.

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Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty Benefits

Improved Appearance

Abdominoplasty surgery dramatically changes the appearance of your abdomen by sculpting the body figure to a more desired appearance. If you are struggling with your body after pregnancy or substantial weight loss, a tummy tuck might be just what you need to feel confident about your body's beautiful appearance.

Enhanced Posture

While a tummy tuck is not a standard method of improving one's posture, it absolutely is a benefit of the procedure. As the core abdominal muscles are tightened, your back and spine will be better supported by these muscles, reducing the strain on the rest of your body and improving your posture.

Back Pain Relief

Another benefit to an improved posture comes from the relief of back pain. As previously mentioned, posture-related medical issues, such as bulging or herniated discs, are on the rise. By improving your posture, you can reduce the risk of developing back conditions or improve your current ones, therefore relieving your back pain.

Easier To Exercise

With a newly sculpted abdomen and stomach, the activities that you used to love so much will become less laborious and more enjoyable. With a tighter tummy and the lower weight that results from a tummy tuck, it will be much easier to keep the weight off than before your surgery.

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What is a Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty

Tummy-tuck surgery or corset abdominoplasty can flatten your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin in which the remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look. It can also remove some if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen. Surgery typically takes 3-4 hours.

This procedure is popular following pregnancy, weight loss or whenever excess fat or skin on the abdomen with weak muscles impairs body contour.

Tummy Tuck with SAFE Lipo-Sculpting (Lipo-Abdominoplasty)

A full tummy tuck or lipo-abdominoplasty surgery combines full circumferential SAFE lipo-sculpting with corset abdominoplasty, both as described above. Surgery typically takes 3-4 hours.

This procedure is popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles impairs body contour.

How much does a Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty cost?

Each of our patient’s cases is unique, however, the average cost of a Tummy Tuck with Lipo Sculpting (Abdominoplasty) can range from $9,000 – $11,500
The average cost of a Full Lipo-Tummy Tuck (Full Lipo-Abdominoplasty) can range from $12,000 – $14,500

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Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty Benefits

There are a number of reasons you may have excess fat, poor elasticity of the skin or weakened connective tissue in your abdomen. These may include:

  • Significant changes in weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Abdominal surgery, such as a C-section
  • Aging
  • Your natural body type

A tummy tuck can remove loose, excess skin and fat, and tighten weak fascia. A tummy tuck can also remove stretch marks and excess skin in the lower abdomen below the belly button.

If you’ve previously had a C-section, Dr. Laliberte may be able to incorporate your existing C-section scar into your tummy tuck scar.

A tummy tuck can also be done in combination with other alternate body contouring procedures, such as breast surgery.

Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty The Procedure

Initially, you will have a consultation with Dr. Laliberte. Dr. Laliberte will:

  • Review your medical history
  • Specify any allergies to medications
  • Do a physical exam.
  • Discuss your expectations

Before the procedure, you may also need to:

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid certain medications
  • Maintain a stable weight
  • Take medication to prevent complications
  • Arrange for help during recovery


The Procedure

There are a number of different procedures for a tummy tuck, depending on the extent of change you would like to see. During the procedure, Dr. Laliberte will make incisions to remove most of the skin and fat between your belly button and pubic hair in a horizontal oval or elliptical shape. Connective tissue that lies over the abdominal muscles is then tightened with permanent sutures.

Dr. Laliberte will then reposition the skin around your belly button. Your belly button will be brought out through a small incision and sutured in its normal position. The incision from hip to hip above the pubic hair will be stitched together and will leave a scar that falls along the natural crease within the bikini line.

The procedure typically takes about two to three hours to complete.


After the procedure

After a tummy tuck, your abdominal incision and belly button will likely be covered with surgical dressing. Small tubes might be placed along the incision site to drain any excess blood or fluid.

You will likely feel moderate pain and swelling in the surgical area. Drains also may be left in for several days following your surgery. 

Dr. Laliberte or another member of our health care team will show you how to empty and care for your drains.

You will be directed to wear a supportive abdominal garment (abdominal binder) for about six weeks after your tummy tuck. This specifically helps to prevent fluid buildup and provides additional abdominal support while you heal.

For the first six weeks after a tummy tuck, you’ll need to be careful when moving around. You’ll also need to avoid positions that strain your incision line, such as quickly bending at the waist in order to prevent the reopening of the wound.

Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty Recovery

It is helpful to line up support for at least the first day or two that you are home following your procedure. You will be prescribed pain medications and have somewhat limited mobility, so you will not be able to drive yourself home.


Once home, you will likely have difficulty with bending, lifting and standing for prolonged periods of time, so having someone to help around the house during the initial period after tummy tuck surgery can make recovery significantly easier.


By the third and fourth week of recovery, following the guidance of Dr. Laliberte and our healthcare team, you will likely feel pretty much back to normal.


Let your discomfort be your guide. You can resume normal activities at the end of the first week and very gentle exercise at the end of 2 weeks. It may take 2-3 months to get back to significant aerobic or physical activity.

Tummy Tuck | Abdominoplasty Frequently Asked Questions

While some patients may achieve optimal results with a combination of tummy tuck and liposuction procedures, the surgeries themselves are separate and involve different steps. Liposuction uses a vacuum-like suction unit to remove fat located between the skin and abdominal muscles. It does not remove excess skin.


The tummy tuck removes extra skin and repairs torn or weak muscles using stitches. Liposuction can be used to treat many areas that contain excess fat, including the stomach, butt, thighs, hips, back, neck, arms, and more. A tummy tuck, as the name suggests, only involves the lower abdominal area.

Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but you can expect to be back at work within two to six weeks after your surgery. We prepare our patients to stay one to two nights in a hospital setting where we can monitor your drainage and how your body responds to the procedure. Once a patient is discharged, we recommend the drainage tubes stay in place for one to two weeks. During this time, all physical activity should be limited.

The most common types of tummy tucks are:


Fleur de Lys Abdominoplasty (Traditional Abdominoplasty)

Fleur de Lys Abdominoplasty (FDL) refers to the traditional tummy tuck in which excess skin is removed and tucked vertically across the lower abdominal area.


Full Body Lift or Circumferential Abdominoplasty

Circumferential abdominoplasty is an extended abdominoplasty plus a buttock lift. The resulting scar runs all the way around the body, and the operation is also called a Belt Lipectomy or lower body lift. This operation is most appropriate for patients who have undergone significant weight loss.


Extended Abdominoplasty

An extended abdominoplasty is a complete abdominoplasty plus a lateral thigh lift. The resulting scar runs from the posterior axillary line (when placing your open hands on your hips, the thumbs lie along the posterior axillary line.) The operation does all of the abdominal contouring of a complete abdominoplasty and allows further improvement of the flank (waist), as well as smoothing the contour of the upper lateral thigh.


Mini Abdominoplasty

A mini tummy tuck is generally skin only.

A Tummy Tuck can help eliminate or reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but this will depend on the location of the stretch marks on your body. Generally, if stretch marks appear below the navel, they are reduced or eliminated by a tummy tuck surgery
Yes, you can get a tummy tuck procedure after a having c section, however, it is usually advised to wait 6 months to a year to ensure your body is properly healed.
  1. Follow all the post-care instructions religiously.
  2. Do not skip on topical treatments recommended by Dr. Laliberte.
  3. Keep your skin moisturized at all times.
  4. Wear sunscreen and prevent direct sun exposure.
  5. Avoid using any products or clothing that can lead to irritation.

Meet Dr. Michael C. Laliberte  MD, FRCSC Canadian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Laliberte, Radiance Plastic Surgery’s Royal College-certified plastic surgeon has quickly established himself among the finest Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery specialists throughout western Canada. With extensive training and years of specialized experience. 

Dr. Laliberte has built an outstanding team of healthcare professionals and clinical staff to ensure an exceptional in-patient experience and seamless delivery of service and post-operative care.

Having operated alongside word-class surgeons throughout North and South America, Dr. Laliberte brings to the Canadian Rockies a practice that encompasses the breadth of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Michael Laliberte has extensively trained in Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive surgery. After completing undergraduate and medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Laliberte specialized in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba. 

Dr. Laliberte and the team at Radiance Plastic Surgery are best known in Alberta, and throughout Canada for exceptional surgical outcomes and compassionate care. Our goal is simple: to support you in achieving your cosmetic goals and restoring your confidence

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The secret is out. We’ve built a state-of-the-art clinic and private surgical centre servicing patients from Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Edmonton, Red Deer, Airdrie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and across Canada.

You’ll find us in the Canmore Crossing Complex. We are excited to welcome you to our new clinic and private surgical centre.


“Location shouldn’t limit your choices when it comes to finding the best plastic surgeon for your needs”


Our Canadian Rockies plastic surgery practice has quickly established a strong reputation as one of the leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgery centres throughout Alberta, and Canada. 


We encourage women and men considering plastic surgery to view our gallery of before-and-after photos and read patient-written reviews, so they can rest assured they will be in good hands at our practice.

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