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Plastic Surgery’s Did You Know? Muscle Repair in Tummy Tucks

A common component of tummy tuck surgery is repair of a rectus diastasis. This is a separation of the vertical rectus abdominus muscle into right and left halfs. Often thought of as a hernia, it is not a defect or hole in the abdominal wall. Normally the rectus muscles are joined by the linea alba in the midline. During pregnancy this connection is stretched and is separated into two halfs but is connected by a thin layer of fascia. During a tummy tuck, the two halfs of the muscle are sewn together back together by fascial sutures. This is done only if it aids in making the abdominal profile flatter. Because rectus diastasis is a cosmetic condition, it is not covered by medical insurance.

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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