The appearance of six pack after tummy tuck might be possible with the right surgical maneuvers. Nonetheless, some factors are beyond the surgeon’s control and thus the right candidate for the surgery should understand that to some extent their results are determined by their underlying anatomies and lifestyle.
The appearance of six pack primarily stems from two factors: a well-developed abdominal muscle, and a thin layer of fat between the muscle and skin.
During tummy tuck, leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley says the hanging skin and excess fat is removed. However, this is not enough to deliver the appearance of six pack and so other surgical maneuvers are utilized as well.
In Dr. Smiley’s recent Snapchat post, he has shown a female patient who has had tummy tuck, which resulted in an athletic appearance. This has been possible with a combination of techniques: performing muscle repair, thinning out the fat above the muscle, and placing enough tension during wound closure.
- Muscle repair
During surgery, Dr. Smiley performed muscle repair in which the pair of vertical muscles between the upper and lower abdomen were tightened in the midline with the use of permanent sutures, which were individually stitched to promote additional support.
By incorporating muscle repair with skin excision tummy tuck, the anterior abdomen appears narrower and there is no or very little bulge every time the patient sits down.
- Thinning out the fat
A well-developed abdominal muscle will not show through a thick fat. Hence, the fatty tissue beneath the skin must be thinned out, but not completely obliterated.
It is important to preserve some fats between the skin and the muscle to ensure smooth and natural results.
To further ensure the appearance of six pack after tummy tuck, it is important to use the right amount of tension during muscle repair and wound closure.
- Diet and exercise
The patients are in control of some factors such as their diet and exercise. Hence, the right candidates for tummy tuck or any other forms of body contouring surgery understand the importance of healthy lifestyle to maintain the results long term.