One of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures is abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck. Most abdominoplasty patients are women who have had children or lost a significant amount of weight.
During the procedure, the surgeon tightens abdominal muscles while removing excess skin and fat from the stomach. Skin is detached from the underlying tissue, allowing the surgeon to close any gaps between the stomach muscles. Extra skin is then removed. After the procedure, patients report a flat and toned midsection. However, the benefits of a tummy tuck are more than just skin-deep!
What most don't consider is that some cosmetic surgery procedures-tummy tucks included-can have a positive effect on one's posture. When a large amount of weight accumulates on the front of the body, the back is forced to bend forward, causing people to hunch. This not only results in bad posture, but can also lead to chronic back pain.
Improved Abdominal Muscles
After multiple pregnancies, many women experience swollen, torn, or separated abdominal muscles. During cosmetic surgery, the doctor will repair these muscles by placing them back in their proper place and stitching them back together.
Reduced Urinary Incontinence
Women who have vaginal births often experience urinary incontinence, which causes non-stop leaking of the bladder. Many experience leakage due to coughing, sneezing, laughing, and exercising. When the abdominal muscles are repaired, the amount of stress placed on the bladder is greatly reduced. When repaired, the abdomen can help support the bladder and prevent leakage. After the abdominoplasty, many experience fewer incontinence issues.
Prevention of Ventral Hernia
Those with a weak abdominal wall can develop hernias. Abdominal weakness can occur after significant weight loss. Again, a tummy tuck can strengthen the wall of the core, reducing the opportunity for a hernia to form. If a hernia is present, the doctor may be able to repair it during surgery.
It is important to remember that abdominoplasty is a major form of cosmetic surgery. Patients must exercise caution after the surgery. It is very important to not exert too much energy or exercise before the doctor gives his or her approval. There are some major risks involved, including infection and other complications. However, there are a variety of benefits that can far outweigh the risks, especially when you consider both the physical and aesthetic effects.
Patients who are interested in this procedure should seek a reputable surgeon to talk about specific details and what to expect in order to determine whether or not this procedure is a good option for them.
You can discuss all your issues with Dr. Brian Evans MD. Brian Evans MD is a plastic surgeon in West Hills, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center and San Joaquin Community Hospital. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Brian Evans Plastic Surgery private medical practice has been divided between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and the care of the burn-injured patient.
Call (818) 676-4001
Or visit him at http://www.drbrianevansplasticsurgery.com
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