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Posted On: April 08, 2014 Author: The Office of Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Body Sculpting, Tummy Tuck

Interestingly, not a lot has changed over the last 30 years on tummy tuck surgery.  The gold standard is still a lower abdominal C-section-like scar which is extended all the way to the hips bilaterally.

Notice this patient preoperatively has significant abdominal wall laxity, skin laxity and her muscles have been pulled apart, called rectus diastasis.  Her six-week postop shows beautiful tightening of the lower abdominal musculature, tightening of the skin along the lower abdominal flap and notice the scar is well-hidden under the bikini line.  Liposculpturing of the hips has allowed smoothing out and contouring as well.  Conventional standard abdominoplasty surgery should be performed under general anesthesia by only Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons using Board Certified Anesthesiologists.  Our patients are given muscle relaxants in order to relax the abdominal wall and allow tightening with the O-Ethibond sutures along the midline rectus sheath, both above and below the belly button.  Our patients are instructed not to do heavy lifting for six weeks postoperative.  Notice her after-result.  Both frontal and oblique views show beautiful flattening of the abdominal stomach.  She is now continuing her exercise regimen, including training and muscle fitness.