More than Rad Abs: Medical Benefits of The Tummy Tuck

In Canada, the opportunities to wear a bikini are limited to a few beautiful months in the summer, but that shouldn’t keep you from exploring a tummy tuck if you’re unhappy with your abdominal appearance. 

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a beneficial procedure for those who have lost significant amounts of weight, are unhappy with their bodies after pregnancy, or are getting older. These life changes can have a major impact on abdominal appearance, causing the stomach muscles and skin to become saggy, stretched, and weak. 

While a tummy tuck does certainly improve the physical appearance, it also addresses numerous medical conditions associated with a weak core. If you are considering abdominoplasty in the Ontario region, this information will assist you in understanding the medical and aesthetic benefits a tummy tuck provides.

How Can a Tummy Tuck Help You?

As the intersection of our body, the abdominal region is responsible for maintaining our physique’s integrity. The muscles in our midsection serve vital roles in bracing and protecting the spine, keeping our abdominal organs in place (stomach, large and small intestines, liver, kidneys), and helping us breathe.

After certain life-events, such as pregnancy, severe obesity, or getting older, the muscles of the abdomen can become stretched and weakened. Once this happens, they become less functional and can’t properly support the abdominal region, leading to back pain, poor posture, stress urinary incontinence, hernias, and other medical issues. If you do suffer any of these ailments, reach to The Grace Clinic at (905) 336-9636 to discuss how a tummy tuck can help you. 

Medical Benefits of The Tummy Tuck

1. Correct a Hernia

When your abdominal wall is weak, there is potential for your intestine or intestinal tissue to push through and create a lump – medically known as a hernia. A weakened abdominal wall might arise after surgical procedures such as an appendectomy or C-section, but also after pregnancy and weight loss.

The root cause of a hernia is loose and weak musculature of the tummy region. During a tummy tuck, after the removal of excess skin and fat, the whole area is made firmer and tighter. This tightening of the region is often enough to provide the support necessary to hold the intestines in place and heal the hernia.

2) Reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence

If the abdomen is weak, the organs and tissues in the region do not get their necessary support. As such, they can move out of proper position and lean where they shouldn’t, which can lead to Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). SUI is a condition where excess pressure on the bladder and urethra leads to a loss of bladder control. Body actions such as sneezing, coughing, laughing, or exercising – anything that creates tension in the abdomen, can cause involuntary urine release.

The support that a tummy tuck provides to the abdominal region realigns the organs and releases the pressure on the bladder, thus often solving SUI or significantly reduce symptoms.  

3) Improve Posture

The abdomen is part of the body’s core. It is responsible for stabilizing both the front abdominal area and the muscles of the spine and back. When the tummy region is weak, the back is weak.

A weak back leads to hunched shoulders, slouching, and poor posture. Consequently, the body then becomes susceptible to neck, shoulder, and back injury. By firming up the abdominal muscles with a tummy tuck, good posture can again be achieved, and further complications avoided.

4) Reduce Back Pain

The abdominals play a crucial role in supporting the back. If the back does not receive the support it needs from the abdominal muscles, it begins to compensate and fail, which leads to back pain, spasms, and an array of medical issues.

Yet again, the tightness that a tummy tuck provides to the abdominal region rebuilds support to the spinal column and back musculature, addressing, reducing, and ultimately fixing back pain.

You need to have realistic expectations for what a tummy tuck can do for you. If you would like to know more about the aesthetic and medical benefits of the procedure, please contact Dr. Douglas Grace at (905) 336 9636 or fill out our online form to arrange a consultation.

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