Tummy Tuck Surgery in Sarasota, FL
Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can enhance the appearance of a protruding abdomen by slimming, tightening, and refining its contours. Dr. Alissa M. Shulman, a board-certified plastic surgeon who practices at Sovereign Plastic Surgery, performs tummy tucks and other types of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures for individuals in Sarasota, FL.
While tummy tuck surgery can be appropriate for both men and women alike, this procedure can be particularly beneficial for a woman who would like to address diastasis recti. This condition, which can develop during pregnancy, occurs when a gap forms between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle. This muscle naturally separates as its two halves drift toward the sides of the body to make more room for a developing fetus. This can cause the belly to bulge outward between the separated muscles, creating a swollen “pooch” appearance. The effects of diastasis recti can worsen with age and multiple pregnancies, and no amount of dieting or exercise can reverse it.
In addition to aesthetic concerns, diastasis recti can cause:
- Low back pain
- Poor posture
- Decreased abdominal strength
When performing tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Shulman can reestablish abdominal tightness by surgically reattaching the separated rectus abdominis muscle and removing excess skin. Some individuals who do not have diastasis recti may still benefit from a tummy tuck to address a loose and sagging midsection caused by significant weight fluctuations, prior surgery, aging, or genetics. For people who would like to reduce abdominal fat but do not have loosen skin or lax muscles, liposuction (a less invasive procedure) may be a more appropriate solution. Dr. Shulman works closely with her patients to help ensure that they can make the best possible treatment decisions.
If you’d like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, or another type of cosmetic plastic surgery, contact Sovereign Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shulman at her office in Sarasota, FL.