Plastic surgery can be cosmetic or reconstructive in nature. Some procedures, like tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), blend both objectives, restoring the form and the function of damaged tissues.
If you’re thinking of having tummy tuck surgery, it’s worthwhile to review the many medical benefits offered by this procedure. Dr. Douglas Grace will be happy to discuss your medical history with you, then personalize your procedure to simultaneously enhance your well-being and your appearance. Before you book a consultation at the Grace Clinic, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the many ways abdominoplasty can improve your health:
5 Medical Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery
- Improved core strength.
One of the primary purposes of tummy tuck surgery is the treatment of abdominal muscle separation (medically known as diastasis recti). Sometimes, carrying extra weight around the abdomen (due to pregnancy or weight gain) causes the linea alba (the band of tissue that joins the lateral halves of the abdominal muscles) to stretch and tear. This is responsible for the protruding stomach most tummy tuck patients want to correct: Once this band of tissue is distorted, the organs push against it, causing the belly to stick out even when little fat is present on the abdomen. Diastasis recti also severely weakens the abdominal muscles, making it impossible to flatten and strengthen the stomach via exercise.
During abdominoplasty, self-dissolving sutures are used to tighten and support damaged muscle and connective tissue. As the patient recovers, the linea alba gradually heals on its own. From there, the patient can work on rebuilding lost core strength with targeted exercises.
- A greatly reduced risk of ventral hernia.
One of the most worrying problems associated with diastasis recti is a condition called ventral hernia. Ventral hernias occur when internal tissue bulges through the abdominal wall, creating a situation that is both painful and dangerous. Repairing the linea alba allows the abdominal muscles to properly compress internal tissues, greatly reducing the patient’s risk of hernia.
- No more lower back pain (and improved posture).
Weakened abdominal muscles are associated with the development of “sway back,” a condition where the lower back curves too far inward. This condition, which can be corrected with a combination of abdominoplasty and exercise, is a common cause of chronic lower back pain.
- An end to stress urinary incontinence.
Tummy tuck surgery can be modified to treat stress urinary incontinence, which frequently develops after vaginal childbirth. This process involves the manipulation of soft tissue to create a slight bladder obstruction. After the patient heals, this tissue blocks the involuntary release of urine.
- Improved weight management outcomes.
Tummy tuck surgery is often recommended after substantial weight loss, both to repair damaged muscle tissue and to remove loose skin. Research shows that the confidence boost associated with these alterations has important implications for healthy weight maintenance: Formerly obese patients who have tummy tuck surgery are less likely to regain the weight they’ve lost than patients who have no cosmetic surgery. Researchers believe that achieving a lean, toned physique helps people stay motivated to maintain their weight loss results.
Whether you’re seeking tummy tuck surgery after pregnancy or significant weight loss, Dr. Grace can help you address your aesthetic, medical, and emotional needs. To begin your journey, contact him at (905) 336-9636 to arrange a consultation.