Case of the Month: November

Case of the Month: November

photos courtesy of Dr. Daniel Suver, MD, FACS

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

This mother of three experienced significant stretching of the skin and abdominal wall after her pregnancies.  She has a significant abdominal diastasis, which is a condition where the ligament between the abdominal rectus muscles stretches out.  This is a common problem after pregnancy, although hers is more dramatic than most.  While exercise can sometimes help flatten the abdomen, it typically does not tighten the stretched ligament and fix the root problem.  She was treated with abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck.  Excess stretched skin and fat was removed from the lower abdomen, and the abdominal wall and its ligaments were tightened and repaired surgically.  The scar was placed low in order to keep it hidden by underwear and swimsuits.  She is very pleased with her new body.