Many people believe a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is performed for cosmetic purposes. While this is true, there are medical benefits associated with this procedure. Here at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center , we believe in enhancing the lives of each of our patients. Keep reading to discover the medical benefits of this safe, effective procedure.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
First, let’s talk about what a tummy tuck is. Abdominoplasty is a procedure that tightens your abdominal walls and removes excess skin and creases around your abdomen and flank. We all know it enhances your appearance. But what are common medical benefits people look to get out of this procedure?
Correct a Ventral Hernia
Ventral hernias occur when your abdominal tissue or intestine penetrates your abdominal wall, creating a sack or pouch of sorts. There are many causes for this condition, including the weakening of your abdominal wall due to a cesarean section, an appendectomy, or extreme weight loss. Along with flattening your abdomen and flanks, tummy tucks correct ventral hernias by strengthening your weakened stomach muscles to reduce pressure on your skin.
SUI, or stress urinary incontinence, is a common bladder control condition that occurs when there is an excess of pressure on your urethra and bladder. This condition is characterized by the uncontrollable leakage of urine by forceful, sudden actions, like jumping, laughing, coughing, or sneezing. While this condition affects men, it often occurs to women after they have given natural birth.
Minimize Back Pain
Abdominoplasty is also used to treat severe back pain. Women often experience weakened stomach muscles after childbirth or drastic weight loss. While removing excess abdominal fat and flattening the stomach, abdominoplasty tightens the weakened stomach muscles. This much-needed abdominal support relieves back pain.
When your abdominal muscles are strengthened and your back pain is alleviated, your posture improves naturally. Your surgically tightened muscles will support your spine and help you sit and stand straighter and taller.
Maintain Weight Loss
While abdominoplasty removes excess stomach fat, it is not a fat removal procedure. However, by removing excess skin and tightening your abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck makes exercise much more enjoyable. This procedure can reignite your passion for aerobic activities you used to love. By enjoying physical activity more, maintaining your new, healthy weight becomes fun rather than a chore.
Furthermore, studies have shown that people who achieved weight loss through bariatric surgery and combined this procedure with abdominoplasty only regained an average a pound per year. On the other hand, people who only underwent bariatric surgery regained an average of four pounds a year.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Do you think a tummy tuck is the right solution to correct your hernia, SUI, back pain or poor posture? Would you like to learn more about what this procedure can do to improve your life? If so, contact the friendly professionals at MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA today to schedule your initial consultation and see if you are a good candidate for this safe, effective procedure.