Tummy Tuck procedures have been on the rise over the last 10 years, amounting to an 84 percent increase since 2000, and has been in the top five plastic surgeries since 2005, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Hugh McLean says the trend holds true for Toronto and his clinic in Mississauga, where the procedure has seen an even sharper rise in popularity. “Tummy tucks have become the number one surgical procedure in my clinic and we're seeing more men and women electing to go under the knife every year.”
McLean says he built his practice using a tube-free tummy tuck that makes healing much more comfortable. “Our surgical process is much more appealing, and has drawn in more patients when they learn there are no messy drainage tubes to deal with and that they can recover in their own home.
“Additionally, when people undergo a significant weight loss and are left with excess abdominal skin, no amount of personal effort will get rid of it. Surgery is the only way to tighten that loose skin,” he says.
The most recent statistics suggest an estimate of almost 12 thousand men and women elected for tummy tuck surgeries in Canada in 2009, along with 115,191 abdominoplasty procedures. Dr. McLean believes the rise in tummy tuck procedures is due to a number of factors: the affordability of the surgery, ease of recovery, the increased health-consciousness of Canadians and the word-of-mouth effect of those who undergo the surgery.