Body Lifting and Muscle Repair
The rectus muscles (abdominals) are the only muscles that I am aware of that are repaired during a body lift or a tummy tuck. They are tightened/repaired along the midline to flatten your abdominal wall. This helps the overall result of the tummy tuck/lift.
Muscle repair in Body Lift
The only muscles that are "repaired" in a body lift procedure are the anterior abdominal muscles.which lie in a line from the rib cage down to the groin area and generally separate to a degree with age and child birth. Some surgeons will, in addition, plicate the lateral abdominal wall muscles obliquely to enhance the contour change of the waist line.
Muscle Repair with Body Lift
Thank you for your question.
The muscles that are repaired during a "body lift" are the abdominal muscles (which normally have separated with weight gain / pregnancy, etc.).
I hope this helps.
Muscle Tightening in a Body Lift
A body lift is also known as a circumferential body lift (aka belt lipectomy). This is a very powerful procedure that is, in essence, 3 procedures in one: extended tummy tuck, waist lift/lateral thigh lift, and buttock lift/contouring. The muscle tightening occurs with the tummy tuck portion of the body lift - essentially correcting the separation of your rectus muscles that manifest as abdominal bulging.
Muscle repair and body lift
The only muscles that I know of that need repair during a body lift are the rectus muscles which are usually plicated in the midline.
Bodylift Muscle Tightening
A Bodylift is essentially a tummy tuck combined with a lateral thigh and buttock lift. Therefore, the same muscles that are tightened during tummy tuck are tightened during abdominoplasty.
A Lower Body Lift with Muscle Tightening
Lower body lifts are most commonly performed after large weight loss. The same stresses that stretch the skin, can also stretch the abdominal muscles. It is common to tighten the case (the fascia) of the abdominal muscles with a lower body lift much the same as it is done with a tummy tuck.
The muscle is imbricated and repaired at the midline. This can be done with, or without a vertical scar on the abdomen. The vertical scar is added to a lower body lift, or a tummy tuck, when there is too much loose skin on the upper abdominal wall.
Sometimes I will also tighten the external oblique fascia to further hourglass the muscular contours. Muscle tightening of the sides and back is not normally needed, as the ribs and spine provide added support, and prevent the muscles from being stretched.
I hope this answers you question. Additional information is available on the video attached to this posting.
Repair of the muscle during a body lift
The muscle repair during the body lift procedure primarily addresses rectus abdominis laxity and thus the surgery entails plication of this muscle for abdominal support.
Muscle repair in body lifts
When performing a body lift, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a crucial part of the procedure. The abdominal muscles are sewn together at the midline when performing most tummy tucks, and this is the muscle repair that is being described also in the body lift. When doing other procedures that may be part of the body lift, such as an inner thigh lift, we will suspend the skin/soft tissue to a deeper fascial layer (a layer of strong tissue just superficial to the muscle) , although this is not truly a "muscle repair".
Proper tissue repair during Body Lift
When performing a body lift it is important to repair the wound in such a way that the scars do not migrate significantly. Of course a tummy tuck requires a muscle repair. When performing a body lift and inner thigh lift it is important to suspend the tissues on the muscle fascia layer. The surgeon should be well skilled in pertinent anatomy and techniques to achieve this. Repairing the fascia layer goes a long way to keep scarring acceptable and keep them from migrating to undesirable location.