The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a powerful surgery. Once an operation that was merely concerned with tightening skin, the abdominoplasty procedure has advanced to a point where it allows for individualized solutions for many different body types.
Prior to abdominoplasty, the shape of the abdomen reflects each person’s previous habits of nutrition and exercise, genetic predisposition, and major life events such as pregnancy and large weight fluctuations. After the abdominoplasty procedure, the abdomen’s shape is similarly determined by each patient’s life events and health-related choices, as well as the technique the surgeon chooses to use.
There is no single technical solution to abdominal contour.
Different components that shape the abdomen must be analyzed by the surgeon in order for an abdominoplasty to be successful: fat distribution, skin tone, abdominal muscle strength, and intraabdominal fat. There is no single technical solution because each of these components will vary with the individual patient. It’s best if the surgeon has a variety of techniques that can deal with the individual variations of body form.
When your surgeon performs your individualized analysis, he will do so with three goals in mind:
Restore and Optimize Tone
Each abdomen is toned in different ways. The tone of the different regions of the hips, waist, flanks, and abdomen will be carefully analyzed, since this will influence aspects of the abdominoplasty technique. The surgical approach will be different for a person who has loose skin extending around the waist and back areas vs. a person whose main concern is the loss of tone in the lower central abdomen.
As the muscles gap in the center and drift to the sides, patients often experience a sensation that the abdomen is not fully supported. Often an excess curvature of the lumbar spine (lordosis) will develop, which in turn produces back discomfort. A well-performed abdominoplasty will help to correct this.
While the North Shore tummy tuck procedure will help the tone of the core muscles, there is much that each patient can do to prepare the muscle for the operation and to maintain the long-term benefits of the surgery. Since toned muscles will give the surgeon the best structure to work with and also make your recovery much easier, we will help you to design a program of core muscle strengthening to prepare you for the surgery. A balanced exercise routine will also help you to maintain the best possible result.
Restore and Optimize Contour
An abdomen needs to be more than tight in order to be beautiful; it also needs to have an attractive contour or shape. The factors that will contribute to a beautiful contour are provided in detail to each patient who is considering abdominoplasty. These factors include the distribution of tone in the abdominoplasty procedure, the distribution of fat in the classic compartments of the abdomen, flanks, and hips, the effects of deep structural tone on waist definition, and the patient’s own patterns of nutrition and exercise.
Restore and Optimize Function
A properly-toned abdominal wall is much more than beautiful; it is a key element in the dynamic balance of the mid-body. The muscles of the front part of the abdominal wall help to maintain posture and proper position of the spine. The spine tends to shift into a position of exaggerated curvature when these muscles are weakened or altered in position, which often results in back discomfort. The importance of the anterior muscles is well known to physical therapists, who often work to optimize and strengthen the mechanics of these muscles in patients who have back pain. To learn more about abdominoplasty or tummy tucks, click here.