Using EMSCULPT after a tummy tuck procedure is a wonderful way to strengthen and refortify core muscles that have been repaired. Typically found in postpartum women, abdominal muscles can separate in a condition called diastasis recti. To remedy this, a trained surgeon will suture the muscles back to their original position. But, these muscles will be weak, and the patient will have to ease back into rebuilding their core. To keep the strain to only a minimum, the doctors at Advanced Body Sculpting Institute recommend EMSCULPT sessions after patients fully heal from a tummy tuck to rebuild their core with ease and precision.
If you are thinking about undergoing a tummy tuck and would like to add EMSCULPT to your personalized treatment plan, please don’t hesitate to mention it during your consultation. If you haven’t yet, please feel free to schedule your consultation at our Denver offices, or give our friendly front desk a call at (303) 708-8770.
About Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti is a common condition most notable by the bulge it produces in the middle of a new mother’s abdomen. Usually occurring in the third trimester, the internal pressures from the fetus in the womb cause the linea alba – the connective tissue that holds the perpendicular abdominal muscles together – to widen, forcing the abdominal contents to bulge in the middle. While for many women, this condition disappears and repairs itself after pregnancy, for some, it can persist well after childbirth. Diastasis recti can cause pain and discomfort in the abdomen, an unflattering abdominal profile that proper diet and exercise cannot correct, and incontinence. In fact, mothers are three-time more likely to suffer from incontinence than women of the same age without children. Diastasis recti can appear as loose, flabby skin in the middle of your stomach. But, for those who seek treatment, the doctors at The ABS Institute can remedy the appearance and adverse effects of diastasis recti through a tummy tuck.
Repair Through Tummy Tuck
Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a simple surgical procedure where loose, excess skin around the abdomen is tightened and removed and separated core muscles are sutured back into place. First, a trained surgeon like Dr. Zuhlke will gently make an incision just below your bikini line. From here, he can lift the skin tissue and address the separated or damaged musculature. He can use carefully placed sutures to bridge the gap between the muscles and restore their original placement. This will diminish the bulging appearance caused by the condition. Next, he will pull the skin taut and carefully excise any overlapping tissue. This part of the procedure will ensure a flat tummy free of any excess skin. After you have properly healed, you will have a slender, trim abdomen. But, the newly repaired muscles will need time to heal, and even afterwards, many women find it difficult to jump right back into their regular physical activities and exercise routines. Even after their tummy tuck has healed, they may not feel as strong as they were pre-pregnancy. That’s where EMSCULPT enters the conversation.
EMSCULPT uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy to involuntarily contract muscles up to 20,000 times during a 30-minute session. This non-invasive technology uses low-frequency wavelengths of approximately 3-30 Hz – energy waves that are too low to cause thermal effects but just high enough to affect the muscle’s motor neurons. When the HIFEM energy polarizes and depolarizes the motor neurons, the supramaximal muscle contracts. These contractions create micro-injuries in the muscles that trigger tissue proliferation – leading to muscle strengthening and growth. As the muscles undergo several thousand contractions in a half-hour, the surrounding fatty tissue engages and burns off. EMSCULPT is a perfect treatment to build muscles and lose fat simultaneously. But what can it do for you after a tummy tuck?
Why Do EMSCULPT After A Tummy Tuck?
After a tummy tuck, your abdominal muscles will be back in their original position, but will not be strong enough to resume everyday functions just yet. And for those women with pelvic floor disorders like incontinence, they need to strengthen those repaired muscles to see any improvement in their symptoms. So, after a tummy tuck, women generally have a difficult time introducing core and pelvic floor exercises into their daily routine. But, with EMSCULPT, you can lay back and let the HIFEM technology build and fortify your pelvic floor muscles in just a few sessions. It is the perfect way to add just the right amount of muscle-growing development for these sensitive abdominal muscles. With the expert care and approach of the professionals at the ABS Institute, we can methodically repair your abdominal muscles so that they can be stronger than they were before your pregnancy.
If you would like to see how EMSCULPT can solidify your tummy tuck results, please schedule a personal consultation at our Denver offices. Here, we will be able to personally recommend how many sessions you will need to not only obtain a stronger, firmer core but also to alleviate any symptoms associated with pelvic floor disorders.
As 24% of women experience pelvic floor disorders, there is a vast number of women who can benefit from this wonderful addition to an already popular plastic surgery. There aren’t many prerequisites to qualify for EMSCULPT, however, for a tummy tuck it is important that you:
- Be at the end of your family building as a subsequent pregnancy will diminish the results of your tummy tuck.
- Have excess, loose skin around your abdomen.
- Be at a stable weight as any weight gain will severely diminish the results from your tummy tuck.
- Be in good overall health. It is important to note that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery but rather a body contouring procedure, so it is crucial to come to your surgery at a healthy BMI score and free of comorbidities.
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We will begin with a brief physical examination and a new patient intake interview. Then, we will work to understand your desired results. For those interested in EMSCULPT after a tummy tuck, we will usually add these sessions into your treatment plan after your tummy tuck procedure has successfully healed. We will examine the separated muscles and the lax abdominal skin. Then, we will determine which type of tummy tuck is appropriate for your level of excess skin. Once we have constructed your personalized treatment plan, we will give you a list of preparatory steps that you should adhere to between now and your tummy tuck procedure.
Preparation for Tummy Tuck
When preparing for your tummy tuck, it will be important to:
- Abstain from smoking a few weeks before your surgery and the entire duration of your recovery. Nicotine is known to constrict blood flow which can hamper the body’s healing abilities.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen as these can increase bleeding during surgery.
- Designate a caregiver as you will not be able to drive and take care of yourself after your surgery.
After your tummy tuck procedure, we will wrap your abdomen in a compression garment to promote optimal healing. Your abdomen will be sore and swollen; this should subside in the coming weeks. It will be best not to disturb your body’s healing process during this time, so please don’t apply too much pressure or strain to your abdomen. Once you’ve fully healed, your EMSCULPT treatments will work to rebuild and strengthen these muscles.
After your last EMSCULPT session, you will notice your abdomen is stronger, flatter, and more toned. For those women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders, you will notice symptoms like incontinence have greatly lessened in severity or vanished altogether. You’ll be able to go about your daily life comfortably with a flat, toned tummy.
The cost of your tummy tuck and EMSCULPT procedures will vary depending on the approach used and how many sessions were needed to achieve your desired results. We will discuss your personalized prices during your initial consultation. But, you can learn more about our pricing structure by visiting our pricing page or by giving our front desk a call at (303) 708-8770.
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