4 Surprising Benefits of Abdominoplasty Surgery

When people undergo abdominoplasty surgery, or a tummy tuck, they usually feel an improved sense of body image. Usually, patients undergo abdominoplasty surgery because of loose or excess skin after losing a lot of weight. A tummy tuck helps them complete their journey of changing their bodies for the better.

Abdominoplasty surgery has other benefits beyond cosmetic. Below are some of the surprising benefits of getting a tummy tuck.

1. Improved Posture

Muscles can become distended after multiple pregnancies or carrying excess fat in the abdominal area. In fact, the muscles are often so distended even abdominal exercises aren’t enough to tighten them. As such, the muscles themselves don’t suppprt the spine enough, leading to poor posture.

During a tummy tuck, the surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdomen and recontours the muscles. Part of the surgery involves removing excess skin and perhaps some fat. The surgeon will also pull the remaining skin taut over the recontoured muscles, tightening them. After the body becomes accustomed to the changes, the patient’s posture usually improves.

2. Reduced Back Pain

Poor posture doesn’t just create an unnatural profile. The distended abdominal muscles can also result in lower back pain.

When the muscles are distended, people can develop a condition called swayback. With this condition, the lower abdominal muscles may be so weak they fail to support the pelvis at the appropriate tilt, sending it up to 10 degrees forward. This exaggerated tilt puts pressure on the spine, causing lower back pain and potentially even pinched nerves.

Physical therapy and other treatments can help with swayback. However, as noted, if the distention of the abdominal muscles is significant enough, exercise alone won’t tighten them all the way back to their previous strength.

Doctors might not necessarily suggest abdominoplasty surgery for swayback, but it can help. After a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tighter and work more effectively at supporting the pelvis at the correct tilt. As a result, patients usually see an improvement in their back pain.

3. Reduced Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

Another side effect of pregnancy — or, in this case, childbirth — is stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The condition relates to an unintentional loss of urine during physical movement, such as coughing, or activity, such as running. SUI happens when the muscles supporting the bladder and regulating the release of urine become weak.

Sometimes tissue and nerve damage occur during the delivery. If the damage is significant enough, new mothers can experience SUI right afterward. However, sometimes the condition doesn’t develop until later.

Abdominoplasty surgery helps with SUI in a similar way that it helps with posture. While the surgeon doesn’t target the pelvic floor specifically, the muscles supporting the bladder do get tightened up during the procedure. What’s more, if the patient wants the SUI targeted during a tummy tuck, the surgeon can use soft tissue in the area to create a small obstruction.

4. Corrected Ventral Hernia

A ventral hernia is another potential side effect of pregnancy as well as obesity or extreme weight loss. The abdominal muscles don’t just support the spine and pelvis. They also help keep the organs in place. When the muscles are so weak, the intestines can start protruding through the weak spots.

The protrusion is called a ventral hernia, in this cause of the abdomen. Some symptoms of the hernia include pain, constipation, nausea, and a pronounced lump in the area of the protrusion. Treatments for the condition usually involve surgery to push the intestine back into place and fortify the area.

Ventral hernias like to reoccur, especially when the underlying cause doesn’t get addressed. Therefore, sometimes surgeons will consider doing a full abdominoplasty to more fully fortify the area. The tightened skin and muscles become more engaged, keeping the organs in place.

A tummy tuck can make you feel renewed not only because of the cosmetic benefits but because the procedure addresses medical issues as well. Visit Renaissance Center Facial and Body Sculpting to discover if you’re a candidate for abdominoplasty surgery.

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