A tummy tuck procedure is designed to help tighten up the appearance of stretch marks, loose skin and excess fat in the midriff section. Most of the time patients in Beverly Hills get a tummy tuck with Dr. Bruno after going through a pregnancy or a period of significant weight loss. Some situations may even merit the need for tightening the abdominal muscles, but this isn’t always necessary. In fact, tightening the abdomen is always a consideration Dr. Bruno makes, but many times it does not get addressed unless there is a medical reason to do so. Here’s what Beverly Hills patients need to know about the potential tightening of their abdominal muscles during a tummy tuck.
Abdominal Muscles and Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles may widen to the point where they can’t return to their original form. The result could be some laxity within the abdomen, and the muscles could give off an unpleasant external appearance in the midriff section. After an evaluation with Dr. Bruno, most Beverly Hills patients will only have their abdominal muscles tightened during a tummy tuck if they are unhappy with the external appearance resulting from the muscle laxity. Only in certain situations will Dr. Bruno suggest tightening these muscles for medical reasons.
Some Muscles Need to Be Realigned
Before performing a tummy tuck, Dr. Bruno will evaluate each patient to conclude whether the abdominal muscles have indeed been separated. If diastasis has occurred, then Dr. Bruno may recommend stitching the muscles together for a couple of reasons. One reason is that it will help tighten up the appearance of the abdomen area. Another reason is to ensure the muscles are able to function properly and in the right position. However, if diastasis has not occurred and the patient does not have any laxity in the abdominal wall, then Dr. Bruno typically won’t tighten the abdominal muscles during a tummy tuck since it’s not medically necessary to do so.
Cosmetic Benefits of Tightening Abdominal Muscles
Some patients experience a slight external pooching in the abdomen after pregnancy due to laxity. Tightening up the abdominal muscles during a tummy tuck can eliminate the external pooching and lead to a tighter and smoother appearance. While it’s not necessary to tighten these abdominal muscles in many situations, the most common reason why Dr. Bruno does so is for cosmetic purposes.
William Bruno Plastic Surgery not only wants Beverly Hills patients to look better, but we also want them to feel better too. A tummy tuck is one of Dr. Bruno’s specialties, and he has performed hundreds of them over the years. The human body goes through many changes throughout pregnancy, and there’s no one you would want to help get your body back in shape more than Dr. Bruno. He will ensure your body is restored back to its naturally healthy and beautiful state after pregnancy, significant weight loss or any other event.
Never hesitate to contact us at (310) 461-3855 to schedule a consultation to discuss any concerns you may have with the appearance of your body.