What is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is an elective surgery designed to reshape and tighten your abdominal wall. Pregnancy, fluctuations in your weight, genetics and age can all have an adverse effect on your abdominal contour, leaving you with loose skin, stubborn pockets of fat and stretched abdominal wall muscles and muscle sheets. A tummy tuck can fix all of that by removing excess fatty tissue and sagging skin, while also repairing and tightening your abdominal muscle sheets. The result is the smoother, flatter stomach you’ve been working so hard to achieve.
It is essential to understand the purpose of a tummy tuck, and that you are clear that it is not a method of weight loss, but rather a way to complement your weight loss process. Considering the physical changes that weight fluctuations and pregnancy leave behind (like excess skin and fat deposits), a tummy tuck is used to augment your fitness efforts by removing redundant tissue and restoring a slimmer contour.
The other purpose of abdominoplasty is abdominal muscle sheet repair. Diastasis recti (or abdominal muscle sheet separation) occurs when too much pressure is put on your abdominal muscles from the inside, causing them to separate down the midline. This is a common issue during pregnancy, with nearly one-third of pregnant women experiencing some degree of diastasis recti. The result is a weakened core and lower back pain, as well as a noticeable stomach “pooch” that doesn’t respond to even your best diet and exercise efforts. However, it is a condition that is easily fixed during a tummy tuck.