Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that tones and tightens the abdomen through the removal of extra skin and fat deposits. Often, the supporting abdominal muscles are also tightened and reinforced. You probably think of the cosmetic benefits when you contemplate this surgery; however, you may not be familiar with the various other advantages of getting a tummy tuck.
Carrying excess fat in the stomach region can cause you to walk and stand improperly. In addition, abdominal muscles that are weakened and distended following childbirth can lead to the appearance of a swayed back. When the muscles of the abdomen are tightened and reinforced during a tummy tuck, the spine receives added support, leading to improved posture. This stronger core could also help to lessen sore back or surrounding muscles.
Reduced Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a medical condition whose hallmark is the loss of bladder control, leading to urinary leakage. This issue is most often developed following pregnancy and vaginal childbirth. Sneezing, laughing or coughing can bring on this leakage. SUI can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness in women. During tummy tuck surgery, the problem may be treated by using soft tissue around the pelvic region to create a bladder obstruction.
Corrected Ventral Hernia
Intestine or bladder tissue that breaks through the abdominal wall, forming a sack or pocket, is a medical problem known as ventral hernia. Significant weight loss or surgical procedures of the abdominal region can cause this problem. Tightening the abdominal muscles during a tummy tuck can reinforce the procedure that is done to correct this hernia, leading to less chance of recurrence. It can also lead to a speedier recovery time from the correction surgery.
Things to Consider
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure. As such, there will be some downtime following this surgery. Good candidates are in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding the recovery and results.
Experience the Advantages for Yourself
Now that you have a picture of what’s involved in a tummy tuck as well as the benefits that can be derived from the procedure, you can discuss your candidacy with our board-certified plastic surgeon at the office of Dr. Steven Warnock, MD in Draper. This is a commonly performed operation that has proven to be both safe and effective. One of the greatest advantages of all is that you will feel better about yourself. Our office proudly serves the Salt Lake City and surrounding areas in Utah. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.