In a tummy tuck, they tightened your muscles from the inside and then stretch your skin right. I'm confused?

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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Tummy tuck procedure removes excess loose-hanging abdominal skin and flattens the abdominal wall. The abdominal wall is tightened by suturing or imbricating the fascia of the abdominal wall.

Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon

Tummy tuck questions

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In a tummy tuck the excess skin is removed from the lower abdomen and the skin from above the belly button pulled down. The abdominal muscles are usually tightened in the midline like a corset to give you a flat abdomen. It's a very standard operation with a high patient satisfaction rate. It involves about a two week recovery.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck, muscle tightening

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A tummy tuck tights your muscles (inside part) but also pull the skin to tightens (outside). Those procedures are done in the same operation. The muscles will you a flat abdomen and the skin will stretch your skin

Tummy tuck procedure

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A tummy tuck involves removal of excess skin and fat with simultaneous abdominal wall tightening. Skin is stretched however the lower abdominal skin is actually removed completely. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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What is a Tummy Tuck

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Thank you for your question.

That said you raise a very good question. There are different types of tummy tucks. Please read the link below which describes the differences between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Full Tummy Tuck.

Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, experienced in your procedure, and who has an excellent reputation in your community.

Tummy tuck

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most of the aspects have been already made clear to you by my colleagues,ill just add this

1) upper abdomen liposuction is done,so the thickness of the fat is reduced,this allows the skin to move forward easily to cover the defect after excision of the excess skin and fat.

2)the fascia over the muscles is imbricated ,vertically/obliquely or transversely as per the give a flatter abdomen

3)the umbilicus is disinserted and reinserted in a more favourable position

What is a tummy tuck?

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A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is the operative procedure that reverses the changes caused by childbearing, weight loss or aging by contouring excess fat, removing the loose wrinkled skin, and usually tightening the stretched underlying muscles of the abdomen by suturing the layer of tissue over the muscle called the fascia resulting in a flatter stomach and an improved waist. It can be performed with or without liposuction of selected areas.

Find a plastic surgeon that you are comfortable with and one that you trust and listen to his or her advice. The surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Robert Singer, MD FACS

La Jolla, California

Robert Singer, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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Fascia not muscle is tightened

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At the time of a tummy tuck, the outside lining of the muscle (fascia) is sutured in the midline and flanks laterally. This is done to correct stretched fascia. If you attempt to suture muscles, the sutures tear when the muscles contract and return to the original position. Excess skin is cut out, the remaining skin is redraped and is under mild tension when the procedure is completed. Best Wishes, Gary Horndeski, M.D.

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Muscle repair and skin tightening with tummy tuck

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After pregnancy and sometimes after large weight loss, the muscles in the front of the abdomen separate. These are the rectus or "six pack" muscles, and because they contract vertically but separate horizontally, they cannot be exercised back into position so that is done with a tummy tuck when needed. The skin is tightened by removing the skin between the belly button and the pubic area in a horizontal "football" shape. The skin of the upper abdomen is then undermined and stretched down to cover that area, resulting in a bikini line scar and tightening of the abdomen.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Muscle repair

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Yes - a diastasis or muscle repai is done on the inside and excess skin and fat is removed thereby tightening the skin on the outside so your tummy is tighter and flatter

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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