David M. Lavine, M.D., FACS
Are the stomach muscles always repaired during a complete abdominoplasty? What would be the point in not repairing the muscle?
Thank you for your question regarding muscle repair during full abdominoplasty. In general, a full abdominoplasty would include removal of redundant skin on the abdomen, repositioning of the umbilicus (belly button) and tightening of weakened abdominal muscles. In very rare instances, the musculature is sufficiently tight and only the sagging skin needs to be repaired. In such a rare case, I subscribe to the adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."