Abdominoplasty: A Little Background

Let’s talk a little about abdominoplasty (or as it is more commonly known by its slang name – tummy tuck) .

I’ll address a fundamental  point often overlooked in both planning and execution of the surgery. I think it helps separate my outcomes from others.

Many women consider abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) a purely cosmetic procedure.  Is this view accurate?
The most important and overlooked benefits of abdominoplasty are improved function and core strength, which are critically important parts of a woman’s outcome and her well- being.  Many woman experience loose or excess abdominal skin resulting from pregnancies or abdominal surgeries, and also suffer abdominal wall laxity and weakness due to muscle separation or hernias.  Left untreated, these problems – which can’t be solved by exercise – often lead to poor posture, back fatigue and the ability to sustain activity or achieve peak performance.  They can also be psychosocially frustrating and sources of depression.

What is my approach to this procedure?
My surgical method, which I like to describe as “human origami”, tightens both the abdominal wall and its musculature, and in doing so places the muscles in a functional position.  They become properly aligned and can therefore work together equally.  When the muscles of the abdominal wall remain misaligned, the physiology of conventional exercise and conventional core fitness training methods simply don’t work.  My technique has enabled many hundreds of patients , ranging in age from 20’s to 60’s, to regain impressive core strength along with an attractive, more feminine shape.

I hope that gives you a better understanding of how I view a women’s abdomen. Much more on abdominoplasty to come…


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