Abdominoplasty procedures are common operations. Patients who present for abdominoplasty procedures often have laxity of their abdominal wall from childbirth as well as lax abdominal wall skin.
During an abdominoplasty operation, the lower abdominal skin is excised, the rectus muscles are repaired in the midline of the abdomen, and the umbilicus is then delivered through a new location in the abdominal wall skin.
When the rectus muscles are tightened, the abdominal contour improves. When the rectus muscles are brought back into their location, the entire function of the abdominal wall tends to improve.