Tummy tuck surgery is used to tone, trim, and define the middle section of the body. During abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), stubborn deposits of fat are removed from the belly and hips, loose and sagging skin is excised from the midsection, and separated abdominal muscles are pulled together to draw in the waist. It is the tightening of abdominal muscles that can help treat umbilical and ventral hernias.
Diastasis recti is the medical name for a separated abdominal wall. This condition may occur during or following pregnancy. It may also be the result of excessive weight gain.
Regardless of its cause, diastasis recti increases the risk for chronic low back pain, postural and balance issues, and herniation. Treating the condition by reattaching the abdominal muscles can help to improve balance, increase range of motion, and, in some cases, treat a hernia; although hernia repair is neither the goal nor a traditional aspect of tummy tuck surgery.
Is Tummy Tuck Permanent?
Your abdominoplasty results will be as permanent as you make them. Choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle will help you maintain results. This means eating a well-balanced diet and making sure to get plenty of exercise. The CDC recommends adults aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity every week. In addition to these, each muscle group should be worked at least once per week.
Even meeting the bare minimum with exercise requirements will help you to maintain your tummy tuck results. Choosing to increase exercise intensity can enhance results, produce a more noticeably defined abdominal wall, and allow your results to last even longer.
We can discuss all of this – and provide you with suggestions for your own progress – during your time in our care.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you live in or around Tulsa and would like more information about abdominoplasty, please call South Tulsa Plastic Surgery at 918-518-5144 to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Brenda Schiesel today. Dr. Schiesel welcomes women and men from Owasso, Broken Arrow, and all surrounding Oklahoma communities.