What Determines The Need For Abdominal Muscle Tightening During Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery is designed to help correct loose skin, stretch marks and excess fat from around the waistline. This extra skin and fat could be the result of pregnancy and/or weight loss.
In addition to removing excess skin and fat, your surgeon may decide that you would also benefit from tightening the abdominal muscles. This is called rectus plication, and it is so routine that many patients don’t even give it a second thought. If you’re considering a tummy tuck and you question the necessity of rectus plication, you may be surprised to learn that there are times it is crucial and other times it may not be necessary.
For most women with children, widening or separation of the abdominal muscles can occur during pregnancy. The muscle separation can develop from the long-term pressure on the abdomen during pregnancy, and theses muscles may not completely return to their pre-pregnancy state. Correction of these muscles during a tummy tuck is recommended if the abdomen has the appearance of an abdominal “pouch.”
It is important for you to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess your unique situation so they can advise you on the best surgery to help you achieve your desired results.