As most of you know, a tummy tuck at our Columbia plastic surgery center can provide men and women with a smooth midsection by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin. However, a tummy tuck has other benefits that are more than just cosmetic.
Reduce Back Pain & Improve Posture
Pregnancy and significant weight loss can leave you with loosened or separated abdominal muscles. When abdominal muscles are weak, it often leads to back pain and poor posture. Extra weight and weak stomach muscles force the back to overcompensate. During a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened, relieving some of the strain on your back muscles. A strong core will help stabilize and keep your pelvis and spine in a neutral position.
Maintain Weight Loss
People who have had bariatric surgery, a weight-loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach, are often left with loose skin around the stomach after their weight loss. Not only can a tummy tuck correct this issue, but additionally, studies have shown that those who undergo a tummy tuck after bariatric surgery are more likely to keep the weight off afterward.
Decrease Urinary Incontinence
Some women who give birth later develop stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which makes it difficult to control their bladders. If you leak when you sneeze, cough, exercise, or laugh, a tummy tuck procedure may be able to improve your bladder control. During the procedure, I can create a slight obstruction using soft tissue. This will cause tension and pressure from the bladder to the urethra, helping to resolve the issue.
A ventral hernia is a bulge of tissues that protrudes through an opening in your abdominal wall muscles. Individuals who are interested in undergoing a tummy tuck who also have a hernia are often pleased to hear that the tummy tuck and hernia repair can be combined into one procedure. A benefit for patients who have both procedures at once is that they only have 1 vs. 2 recovery periods.
Make Exercise Easier
Extra skin and fat around the belly can make exercise difficult and laborious. When you have a newly shaped and toned tummy, activities like running, swimming, and other aerobic exercises will become easier. Additionally, patients are often eager to get back to the gym after their tummy tuck procedure. A slimmed down figure is often great motivation to stick to a regular exercise routine.
With so many benefits, a tummy tuck can be a life-changing choice for many patients. Visit our gallery of real patient photos to get a better idea of your potential after a tummy tuck. If you want to learn more about body contouring procedures and want to discuss your options, request a consultation online or call our office at (572) 443-5500.