Tummy tuck surgery removes extra fat and skin in the abdominal area. Good candidates are often women who want to restore a pre-pregnancy tummy, or men or women who have recently lost a significant amount of weight. The aesthetic benefits of tummy tuck surgery are well documented – such as in our before and after photos – but are there medical benefits?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the medical benefits of tummy tuck include:
- Relief from stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This bladder control issue is not uncommon for women to experience after vaginal childbirth. It results in urinary leaks at inconvenient times, such as when you're laughing, exercising or coughing. The ASPS says tummy tuck surgery may reduce SUI because of the manipulation of soft tissue near the pelvic area.
- Improvement of abdominal muscle tone and improvement of body posture. Pregnancy and significant weight loss can result in stretched abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery repairs and tightens these muscles, which the ASPS says not only makes the muscles toned, but can also improve your overall posture because of the improved muscle tone. You may experience a reduction in back pain as a result.
- Correction of ventral hernia. A ventral hernia is formed when abdominal tissue or the intestine bursts out of the abdominal wall. This type of hernia can be caused by weakened abdominal muscles or by C-section surgery. Because of the similarities in the procedures, you may be able to have a combined abdominoplasty-hernia repair surgery.
The only way to know if a tummy tuck will benefit you is to visit an experienced plastic surgeon for a one-on-one consultation. Dr. Adam Basner is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Baltimore, Owings Mills, Columbia, Towson and all of the surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Basner, please call our helpful team at (410) 616-3000.