There are several different factors that can contribute to a saggy or weak midsection. Pregnancy, significant weight loss, or even age can leave the stomach area soft and stretched out. A tummy tuck, medically known as an abdominoplasty, can reshape and contour the belly area, strengthening abdominal muscles and restoring lost elasticity due to significant body changes. At Noble Cosmetic Surgery in Plano, TX, tummy tucks are one of our favorite procedures to perform because they give a person back their old body. Further than that, tummy tucks go beyond cosmetics and provide several different medical benefits. In the following article, we’ll look at the tummy tuck procedure and its many benefits.
What’s involved in a tummy tuck?
The procedure itself can take anywhere from one to multiple hours depending on the complexity of the case. Performed under general anesthesia, the surgeon will begin by detaching the skin from the tissue that lies underneath it. After the incisions are made, Dr. Obasi might suction away some fatty deposits, repair weakened abdominal tissue, and cut away excess skin. He then pulls the remaining skin down toward the pubic area and secures it into a new position with stitches. He will also translocate your belly button and make it look more beautiful.
Recovery from a tummy tuck can take up to 6 weeks. Once the area is fully cleaned, the abdomen will be tighter, the stomach will be firmer, and the belly will be slimmer.
While all of the cosmetic benefits are great, a tummy tuck provides more than just a killer flat stomach. Here are some other medical benefits of the procedure:
Inspires patients to maintain weight loss
There has been research on the benefits of tummy-tucks when combined with bariatric surgery to lose weight. The studies have shown that patients are more likely to maintain weight loss and avoid regaining weight when they combine the procedure with a body-contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck.
Reduces stress incontinence
Urinary incontinence commonly occurs in women who have had a vaginal birth. Stress urinary incontinence is the involuntary release of urine when an individual laughs, coughs, sneezes, or exercise.
During a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon can help by obstructing the bladder with soft tissue, which stops many women from experiencing the condition following the procedure.
Weakened abdominal muscles can lead to vaginal hernias, where the intestinal or abdominal tissue protrudes past the abdominal wall.
During a tummy tuck procedure, the plastic surgeon can also address the hernia which saves the patient time, recovery, and often money.
Ability to exercise easier
Excess fat or skin and a weak core can make exercising difficult. After a tummy tuck procedure, individuals often find it easier to exercise. The procedure can also lead to an increase in self-confidence, which motivates the individual to exercise more often. This can lead to an improvement in overall health, a way to retain weight loss and a way to maintain the results of the tummy tuck.
Improvement in posture and back pain
Weakened abdominal muscles impact how a person sits and can lead to some level of back pain. Once the excess tissue is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened, the spine receives better support allowing individuals to maintain better posture. By improving their posture, patients often notice an improvement in back pain.
The abdominal muscles will work better
Muscles need to be in the right position to function properly. Muscle separation (known as rectus diastis) means the muscles no longer contract efficiently, which has an impact on core function. Individuals with rectus diastis often experience pain, lower energy levels, and even difficulty breathing due to the position of the muscles. When your core is repaired through a tummy tuck procedure, it will help you with everything from sitting up to lifting and breathing.
Choose Noble Cosmetic Surgery to improve your body and quality of life with a tummy tuck procedure
The bottom line is that the tummy-tuck procedure not only boosts your appearance and self-esteem, it also has many medical benefits. At Noble Cosmetic Surgery in Plano, TX, we may recommend this surgery to both male and female patients to improve the contours of the abdomen as well as their quality of life.