Tummy tucks have consistently remained among the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. because of the potential to dramatically improve the appearance of the abdominal region. But you may not have realized the advantages of this surgery go well beyond the aesthetic toning and tightening of your core region. Here are four medical benefits you should know more about.
Reduces Back Pain
Though most people think of an abdominoplasty as an approach to remove unwanted fat, it actually goes much deeper and addresses the muscles, fascia, and connective tissue in the belly. For many people, weakened abdominal muscles and excess weight in this area can cause strain on your posture. In these cases, back muscles may compensate and overstress in an attempt to stabilize your core. This can cause back pain and even a painful condition called lordosis, or swayback.
After a tummy tuck, you’ll be able to look forward to tightened muscles and the surgical removal of excess skin, improving your spinal health and making it less likely you will experience pain in your lower back. You’ll also be able to carry yourself with a more erect posture.
Repairs Weakened Abdominal Muscles
During pregnancy, the connective tissue between the abdominal muscles stretches as the baby grows. For many women, the muscles naturally come back together after a pregnancy; in some cases, they don’t. Muscle separation in the abdominal wall is known as diastasis recti, and it can make you look like you still have a “baby bump” or “pregnancy pooch” months after giving birth. If this is the case for you, crunches and planks alone will not be enough to address your problem.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Stephan can repair separated and weakened abdominal muscles by stitching them back together. A tummy tuck can correct diastasis recti and restore your feminine waistline.
Reduces Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence, or SUI, is a bladder control problem that can occur because of excess pressure on the bladder and urethra. SUI is common among women who have experienced one or more vaginal deliveries. Unfortunately, those with SUI suffer from uncontrollable bladder leakage when laughing, sneezing, and coughing. Though there are non-surgical ways to address this problem, there is a growing body of scientific research to suggest a tummy tuck may help patients with SUI. Scientists have yet to conclude definitively how tummy tucks can reverse the effects of SUI; however, one prevailing hypothesis suggests the surgery returns some of the tension distributed throughout the abdominal region which can become lost during pregnancy, thus reducing pressure on the bladder and urethra.
Improves Your Self-Esteem
The way you view yourself has a significant impact on your overall quality of life, including your mental health. When performed by a competent, skilled cosmetic surgeon who will address your specific concerns, your tummy tuck can boost your well-being by making you more confident about your appearance.
For example, maybe your libido has suffered because your bulging belly makes you uncomfortable about sharing intimate moments with your partner. An abdominoplasty can help you feel better about yourself and bring a spark of intimacy back into your relationship.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The ideal tummy tuck candidate is in good overall health and is at or near their target weight. If you are planning to have more children, you should hold off on scheduling your abdominoplasty surgery. While the procedure doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant, additional pregnancies can reverse your abdominoplasty results.
Realistic expectations are also an essential part of being satisfied with your outcomes. Remember, a traditional tummy tuck requires up to a six-week recovery period of taking it easy, avoiding strenuous activity, and not lifting heavy objects. That’s why it’s crucial to have someone available to help you out around the house during this time, especially if you have younger children. By preparing yourself in advance, you can have a much smoother healing process.
Tummy Tuck Surgery in Tampa, FL
If you’re ready to learn more about how an abdominoplasty surgery can benefit you both medically and cosmetically, contact our state-of-the-art Tampa-area practice. Dr. Stephan is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to provide outstanding tummy tuck results for his patients. He leads a team of medical professionals who use their talents to help women and men at all stages of life look and feel their very best.