Why Is It Necessary to Tighten the Abdominal Muscles?

December 15th, 2018 / Back to Blog »

Knoxville Tummy TuckIf you’ve been researching tummy tucks, you may have heard that in some cases, it’s necessary for plastic surgeons to tighten the abdominal muscles during the procedure. You may have even come across the terms “diastasis recti” or “separated abdominal muscles.” What does this all mean? Read below as we explain.

The 411 on Separated Abdominal Muscles.

Diastasis recti, commonly referred to as separated abdominal muscles, is a common condition, especially in mothers who have had one or multiple children. This common side effect of pregnancy occurs when the abdominal muscles separate, resulting in a bulge in your abdomen that just won’t go away despite a proper diet and exercise regimen.

Thankfully, a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Hall can resolve this issue for good. During a tummy tuck, in which Dr. Hall makes a low hip to hip incision below the bikini line for full access to your abdominal muscles, he can instantly tell by sight if your abdominal muscles are separated. If they are, he can repair them back up tightly to get rid of that belly bulge for good!*

Stitching up your abdominal muscles is good for Knoxville tummy tuck patients for multiple reasons. From an aesthetic standpoint, it provides patients with a flatter, tighter abdomen without that annoying bulge in their belly. And from a functional viewpoint, it gives men and women the ability to get a tighter and stronger core, allowing them to better exercise and get in better general health.

What Else Is Performed During a Tummy Tuck?

While most Knoxville patients may not recognize a tummy tuck for its ability to tighten up separated abdominal muscles, they most likely know it as a solution to rid their bellies of loose, sagging and unwanted abdominal skin. This condition frequently occurs after pregnancy or multiple pregnancies, significant weight loss, or the aging process. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Hall works diligently to remove and excise this unwanted abdominal skin, giving you a smoother, tighter and trimmer appearance that you’ll be proud to show off when wearing a swimsuit or tight-fitting clothing.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Being a Knoxville resident who desires a flatter abdomen doesn’t automatically qualify you as a patient of Dr. Hall’s. Because your overall health, wellbeing, and safety is his top priority, he carefully screens each potential surgical candidate he consults with to determine if:

  • They are in good general health and can pass a pre-operative appointment by their general practitioner
  • They have listened to Dr. Hall explain the tummy tuck procedure and recovery process, and have communicated back to him that they understand what will need to take place
  • They are non-smokers or promise to quit smoking 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after their tummy tuck, as smoking can complicate both the surgery and recovery process
  • They are in good psychological health and have realistic expectations for their procedure

Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation with Knoxville Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hall Today

If you’re ready to get rid of that stomach bulge that just won’t go away and lose that loose abdominal skin you certainly don’t want, then it’s time to schedule a tummy tuck consultation with Knoxville’s Dr. Hall. To do so, call his office today at (865) 973-9500.

*Individual results may vary