Have you been thinking about getting a tummy tuck to get rid of excess skin that remains after weight loss or pregnancy? The procedure helps you regain a slimmer, more contoured midsection by removing that loose skin, eliminating fatty tissue, and tightening separated abdominal muscles that contribute to the appearance of a tummy “pooch.” Read on to learn about the benefits of choosing abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)—some of them might surprise you!
Excess skin that remains after weight loss or pregnancy can be frustrating, especially when regular exercise and healthy eating do not produce visible changes. Patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery often see a dramatic change in their appearance, featuring a flatter and toned tummy that is more proportionate to the rest of their body. Your surgeon may also recommend combining your tummy tuck with liposuction to better shape the waistline and remove additional fat. This creates a tighter, more contoured midsection that accentuates your newly tautened tummy.
One study published in Plastic Surgery International found that this improved appearance boosts body satisfaction, self-confidence, and quality of life.
Decreased Back Pain
Separated abdominal muscles and the weight of extra skin and fat often cause people to experience back pain. By repairing those weakened muscles and removing excess tissue, a tummy tuck provides much-needed abdominal support. This is typically beneficial for those who have had children or lost a significant amount of weight. Also, after undergoing a tummy tuck, your tightened abdominal muscles may provide increased support to your spine, resulting in improved posture.
Improved Comfort During Exercise
Are you looking to increase your comfort while being physically active? You may find it difficult to enjoy physical activities with excess skin and stubborn tummy fat that cause chafing and heat rashes. Once your abdomen has been sculpted and tightened, you’ll likely feel more comfortable performing certain exercises and participating in physical activity. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle after surgery is important, and a tighter stomach can help!
Reduced Urinary Incontinence
After childbirth, many women experience increased stress-related urinary incontinence. By restoring the strength and stability of the abdominal and pelvic regions, patients often experience reduced urinary incontinence after a tummy tuck. They no longer have to worry about leaks when sneezing, coughing, exercising, or playing with their kids.
With a sleeker, more toned-looking midsection and a variety of health and lifestyle benefits, it’s no wonder men and women who’ve had tummy tucks give the procedure a 95% “worth it” rating on RealSelf. Still, we know that getting any cosmetic surgery is a very personal decision, and it’s important to understand the benefits and limitations of the tummy tuck procedure.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is not a weight loss surgery or a substitute for leading a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise. However, many patients can benefit from the expert results provided by plastic surgeon Dr. Armen Vartany. You can see some of his patients’ tummy tuck results in our before and after photo gallery.