On the 26th of February, Dr Taylor presented his breakthrough abdominoplasty research to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Congress in Santiago Chile. The ISAPS is an international society dedicated to continued education, improvement of technology and techniques, and upholding a strong ethical framework for plastic surgery around the world. Dr Taylor’s presentation was widely received and applauded.
Dr Taylor explains some of the presentation. “Abdominoplasty over the years has been presented in many forms from the simple excision of the excess flap of skin to a full open procedure repairing torn muscles and removing excess fat and skin in a contoured way to produce a flatter tighter stomach and restoring core strength. I am a great believer in the latter procedure.
After childbirth there is often a separation of the rectus muscles in the midline which leads to bulging of the abdomen on standing, making the tummy look bigger than it is. The midline separation, known as a diastasis can also lead to post pregnancy back pain, poor posture, loss of core strength and pelvic floor weakness. Thin women can have large diastases which makes them look pregnant even when they aren’t. Such tummies are often hidden under voluminous clothes which also help hide wrinkly post pregnancy skin.
Repair of the diastasis must be the cornerstone of the abdominoplasty procedure and repaired properly results in a functional improvement that often surprises many patients. Liposuction is performed at the same time as the skin excision and this, with the muscle repair, creates a firm taught abdomen and a better waist for a more curvaceous shape.
Previously I would perform this procedure primarily for the aesthetic outcome but more and more I am finding the real reason to commit to an abdominoplasty is to restore core strength and function.”