Why You May Need a Muscle Tightening During your Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a common procedure used to address unwanted fat and skin in the abdominal area and to give women the smooth, hourglass figure they have always desired. Surgeons will, often times, perform a muscle tightening with a tummy tuck, in order to achieve the desired results. Some will even repair separated muscles to create a toned look. At the Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic, every surgery is tailored to the specific needs of a patient’s body. After a personal consultation, one of the board-certified plastic surgeons is able to tell the patient if he or she should undergo muscle tightening during a tummy tuck procedure. This consultation also gives the patient a quick overview and a better understanding of the entire process.

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During a tummy tuck, surgeons make a horizontal incision, between the navel and pubic hairline, to remove excess fat and skin. Due to the nature of weight gain and pregnancy, surgeons often need to address the abdominal muscles, as well. When weight fluctuates, the muscles and tissues stretch to accommodate the changes to the body. After weight loss, the muscles will return to their previous shape. However, the overlaying tissue is less pliable than muscle, and often times, it doesn’t return to its previous shape. This tissue leads to the appearance of a visible or roundness in the abdominal wall. During a muscle tightening with a tummy tuck, your surgeon will tighten the tissue to pull the muscles back into their desired position. Fortunately, this will give the abdomen a smoother appearance, and it will also define the hourglass curves in a woman’s silhouette.

Muscle tightening with a tummy tuck is not necessary for all patients. Some individuals, who have exceptional tone in their abdominal area, can suffice with a skin-only tummy tuck. Nevertheless, most patients who are good candidates for tummy tucks look forward to the benefits of muscle tightening. Although this part of the procedure may cause extra discomfort and can lead to a longer recovery period, it is very favorable. In order for surgeons to help patients achieve the results they’ve always dreamed about, it is often a necessary step.

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