Three Medical Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

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A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat and skin and tightens the muscles around the abdominal area. This gives the abdomen a toned and flat appearance. In Utah, although done mostly for cosmetic reasons, there are also some medical benefits that you can gain from a tummy tuck procedure. Here are just some of them.

Better Posture

Multiple pregnancies or drastic weight loss can weaken the stomach muscles and cause them to become distended, leading to a condition called lordosis or a “swayback.” This condition is commonly accompanied by chronic back pain. Unfortunately, exercise and diet alone cannot solve this problem. A tummy tuck procedure can help tighten and strengthen the abdominal muscles by removing the excess fat and skin. After the procedure, patients are able to stand up straighter since their spines are now more supported.

Relief from Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is a problem with bladder control that is often associated with accidental leakages when sneezing, coughing, exercising, or laughing. Women who have undergone a vaginal birth are more likely to develop this condition. Interestingly, a tummy tuck procedure can help treat SUI. During the surgery, the surgeon will create a small bladder obstruction close to the pelvic area using soft tissue.

Correction of Ventral Hernias

A ventral hernia can form in the abdominal area. This happens when the abdominal tissue or intestine pushes through the abdominal wall. One of the most common causes of ventral hernias is abdominal weakness due to surgeries such as appendectomies or C-sections. There is a separate surgery for fixing ventral hernias. However, once you develop this condition, the likelihood of recurrence is very high, especially if you still have weak abdominal muscles.

Since abdominoplasty is used to strengthen the abdominal wall, many surgeons agree that patients with a ventral hernia can benefit from having both procedures to prevent the same condition from recurring.