Many people view a tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, as something a plastic surgeon does in order to help someone look younger and more attractive by eliminating excess abdominal fat, skin, and other tissue. The truth is that there are a number of medical benefits from a tummy tuck, and more often than not, this procedure may be
performed by a plastic surgeon for medical purposes only
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Whether a tummy tuck is performed for cosmetic reasons or medical benefits a plastic surgeon should perform the procedure. Any excess skin and fat is removed from your abdomen and the underlying muscles are tightened. This can help your abdomen appear flatter, firmer, and younger looking while getting rid of any pouch or extra fat and skin that you have in the abdominal area. Pregnancy and childbirth, aging, diet, genetics, and many other factors play a role in weakened abdominal muscles and excess fat storage around the waist and abdomen.
Reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence With Abdominoplasty
Women who have given birth naturally may develop a condition called stress urinary incontinence (SUI). You may leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh, or even just exercise. This bladder control problem is not only embarrassing for many women but it can worsen over time. Usually the condition is treated without invasive surgical methods, but a tummy tuck can also help with this medical issue. The plastic surgeon can create a small
bladder obstruction during the tummy tuck operation that minimizes or even stops SUI.
A Tummy Tuck Can Help Correct a Ventral Hernia
A ventral hernia happens when the abdominal muscles are weakened, although there are also other possible causes for this condition as well. The intestine or abdominal tissue will come through the wall of the abdomen and then form a pocket or sac in the tissue. The procedure used by a plastic surgeon to correct a ventral hernia is very similar to a tummy tuck operation. In fact many cosmetic surgeons will perform a tummy tuck during ventral hernia repair to help strengthen the abdominal muscles, provide medical benefits, and prevent the hernia from coming back in the future.
Improve Posture and Your Abdominal Muscle Tone for Less Back Pain
One of the medical benefits of a tummy tuck is that your abdominal muscles will be tighter and stronger, and this will normally help improve your posture. Better posture often translates into less back pain. An experienced plastic surgeon can help lessen or even eliminate back pain by removing excess tissue and tightening up the muscles in your abdomen.
Eliminate Problems Associated With Skin That Drapes or Hangs
Skin that drapes, hangs, and folds in your abdomen can lead to serious problems like irritation and even infection.
Skin folds can hold moisture, allowing fungus to thrive and contributing to a skin infection. A tummy tuck removes the excess skin so that there is nothing left to drape and hang. This prevents moisture retention and keeps your skin healthier.
If you want to discuss a tummy tuck, or any other cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, please call us at Pure Aesthetics on 9252 9262, or Contact Us for an appointment to see our Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr Steve Merten.