Aging, severe weight loss and pregnancy are just some of the things that can leave the skin around the stomach weak and saggy. Solution – Often people look towards a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure, what we like to call a “mommy makeover”. Most women are eager to get their post-pregnancy figure back and this procedure is a minimally invasive and great solution.
The question that we all have in mind is, “Is a tummy tuck beneficial?” By definition, this procedure involves reshaping the belly area where there’s a loss of skin elasticity. Due to the loose skin, the abdominal muscles become weak and the body goes through extreme changes. In the procedure, the surgeon cuts away the excess flesh and then stitches the abdominal tissue to flatten the stomach. It takes about six weeks to recover from a tummy tuck and after that, the person needs to take a few precautions until they can move freely without any pain.
Benefits of a tummy tuck are more than just a flat stomach. Following are four medical benefits of a tummy tuck:
1. Weight Loss
The best thing about a tummy tuck is that helps you lose weight. The combination of bariatric surgery and a tummy tuck helps keep the weight off and most people gain one pound in a year. Thousands of tummy tuck procedures are done in a year. An issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery that came out in October, argued that since a tummy tuck aids in weight loss, the procedure should be paid for by insurance companies.
2. Improved Posture
All that excess skin around your stomach can lead to some serious health problems. The weakened abdominal muscles cause “Lordosis”, which is also called “Sway Back”. The excess skin puts pressure on the body and causes back pain.
This is where a tummy tuck proves beneficial. Since it tightens and strengthens the muscles of the abdomen, support is provided to the spine, which allows the person to sit straight.
3. No More Urinary Inconsistency
You might not know this but the stress a woman goes through while giving vaginal birth causes stress urinary incontinence. This condition forces you to empty your bladder at awkward times, all by itself. It usually happens when you cough, exercise, sneeze or laugh.
During the tummy tuck procedure, the bladder is obstructed with soft tissue, which gives you control over your body. In most cases, this problem is fixed with a tummy tuck procedure.
4. Relief from Hernias
When the muscles in the abdomen become weak, ventral hernias develop in several areas of the stomach. Hernias mostly follow an appendectomy or Caesarean section. Since, a tummy tuck procedure involves cutting out of the flesh, the hernia can be taken care of at the same time. This saves on medical bills and allows you to heal from two invasive procedures at the same time.
One of the best things about a tummy tuck is that it gives you a new perspective on life. With a younger looking body that is fit and healthy, you get the drive to maintain your figure. The more you exercise, the more your decision will prove that getting such an expressive surgery was worth it.