Do muscles need tightening during a tummy tuck procedure?
Liposuction, the process of trimming away unwanted fat, is one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Last year, more than $1 billion was spent on liposuction procedures, making it the number one surgical enhancement in the country – up 16 percent from the previous year.
But while the procedure is surging in popularity, many are still unaware of one specific question: What determines the need for abdominal muscle tightening with a tummy tuck surgery?
The answer is relatively simple. Although a tummy tuck is designed to create a healthier slimmer appearance around the waistline, sometimes the abdominal muscles become lax. This is particularly true with older patients or those who have recently had a child. When the muscles become more lax they tend to sag and are not as tight as one may want.
Typically, liposuction only removes the fatty areas in the waistline then pulls the skin taut over the former fatty cells. However, when the muscles are not tight, plastic surgeons have an opportunity to tighten the loose muscles before they pull the skin taut. Muscle tightening with a tummy tuck not only narrows the waistline, but also results in a more toned appearance. Essentially, you not only look thinner, but you also look fitter.
The process of muscle tightening with a tummy tuck is fairly common when one opts for liposuction. Those who select “mommy makeovers” appreciate this extra work and are often satisfied with the results. Loose skin has been removed and confidence can increase.
Ask a doctor for more information about muscle tightening. The doctors at Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology can explain the procedure in full detail as well as the recovery process, costs, and any risks associated.