One of the most common reasons why my patients are interested in tummy tuck surgery is a medical condition called diastasis rectus. Diastasis rectus translates to separation of the recti muscles, which are found at the outermost abdominal wall. These muscles run parallel next to each other from the sternum down to the pubic bone. Many factors such as weight gain, pregnancy, aging, and injury can cause diastasis recti. While I encourage a healthy lifestyle for my body contouring patients as plastic surgery is not a weight-loss solution, diastasis recti cannot be completely resolved through diet and exercise.
Patients are often concerned about the effects of diastasis recti which include a bulge in the midsection and/or a weakened core. As a plastic surgeon specializing in breast and body procedures, I perform abdominoplasty to retighten abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat for patients concerned with the appearance of their midsection. Tummy tuck surgery can help resolve issues relating to extra skin and unwanted fat.
An incision is made on the lower abdomen between the hips where scars are easily hidden with a bathing suit or underwear. Unlike liposuction which solely addresses unwanted fat, tummy tucks reduce the amount of fat and trim hanging or bulging skin. Abdominal muscle bands are tightened for a leaner contour and the remaining skin is repositioned. While this cosmetic procedure highly improves the midsection, it can also reduce back pain and increase abdominal strength and posture.
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