Abdominoplasty – How to Prepare for a Tummy Tuck Procedure


The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a powerful surgery.  The abdominoplasty procedure has advanced to a point where many different body types are allowed individualized solutions, despite the fact it was at one time merely concerned with tightening skin.

The shape of the abdomen prior to abdominoplasty reflects each person’s previous habits of nutrition and exercise, genetic predisposition, and major life events such as large weight fluctuations and pregnancy.  The shape of the abdomen after the abdominoplasty procedure is similarly determined by each patient’s subsequent choices and life events as well as the plastic surgeon’s choice of technique.

There is no single technical solution to abdominal contour.

For an abdominoplasty to be successful, the surgeon must analyze the different components that shape the abdomen:  strength of the abdominal muscles, fat distribution, skin tone, and intraabdominal fat.  Each of these components will vary with the individual patient, so it follows that there is no single technical solution.  It’s best if the surgeon has a variety of techniques that can deal with the individual variations of body form.

When your surgeon performs your personalized analysis, he will do so with three goals in mind:

Restore and Optimize Tone

Each abdomen is toned in a different way.  The tone of the different regions of the hips, waist, flanks, and abdomen will be carefully analyzed, since this will influence aspects of the abdominoplasty technique.  The surgical approach will be different for a person whose main concern is a loss of tone in the lower central abdomen than for the person who has loose skin that extends around the waist and even into the back area.

As the muscles gap in the center and drift to the sides, patients often experience a sensation that the abdomen is not fully supported.  Often an excess curvature of the lumbar spine (lordosis) will develop, which in turn produces back discomfort.  A well-performed abdominoplasty will help to correct this.

While the North Shore tummy tuck procedure will help the tone of the core muscles, there is certainly much that each patient can do to prepare the muscle for the procedure and to maintain the long-term benefits of the surgery.  We will help you to design a program of core muscle strengthening to prepare you for the surgery, since this will give the surgeon the best structure to work with and also make your recovery much easier.   A balanced exercise routine will also help you to maintain an optimum result.

Restore and Optimize Contour

For an abdomen to be beautiful it needs to be more than tight; it needs to have a beautiful contour or shape.  Each patient who is considering abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is provided a detailed assessment of the factors that will contribute to a beautiful contour.  These factors include the effects of deep structural tone on waist definition, the distribution of fat in the classic compartments of the abdomen, flanks, and hips, the distribution of tone in the abdominoplasty procedure,  and the patient’s own patterns of nutrition and exercise.

Restore and Optimize Function

A properly-toned abdominal wall is much more than beautiful; it is a key element in the dynamic balance of the mid-body.  Posture and proper position of the spine are maintained with the help of the muscles in the front part of the abdominal wall.  The spine tends to shift into a position of exaggerated curvature when these muscles are weakened or altered in position, which often results in back discomfort.  The importance of the anterior muscles is well known to physical therapists, who often work to optimize and strengthen the mechanics of these muscles in patients who have back pain.  To learn more about abdominoplasty or tummy tucks, click here.