Everyone knows what a tummy tuck is – a way of dealing with a belly that could be a little smoother and flatter, right? There is that, but there’s so much more to a tummy tuck too, including some benefits you may never have expected when considering the procedure.
Main Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
The main benefit of a tummy tuck, which is more than likely the reason why you’re considering the procedure, is its ability to tighten abdominal muscles that have been weakened or separated while removing excess skin left behind after pregnancy or significant weight loss. If you’ve been exercising hard and eating sensibly, not being able to achieve the body shape you thought you’d have can be quite demotivating. A tummy tuck can resolve the excess skin and lax abdominal muscles that exercise can never fix, helping bring you closer to your ideal physique.
Reduced Urinary Stress Incontinence with a Tummy Tuck
Urinary stress incontinence can be a common (if very unwelcome) side effect of the changes your body goes through during pregnancy. Inconvenient and potentially quite embarrassing, nobody wants to put up with inadvertent leakage when laughing or sneezing. It may not seem immediately obvious that having your stubborn belly bulge fixed could improve urinary stress incontinence, but studies show reduced incontinence as a potential added benefit.
Better Posture and Abdominal Tone
All the healthy diet and exercise habits in the world won’t remedy weakened, separated abdominal muscles, but a tummy tuck most certainly can. As well as helping you to add the finishing touches to your svelte silhouette, your tummy tuck may have a positive effect on your posture and muscle tone.
Because the muscles are tightened during abdominoplasty, your spine can gain extra support, helping you stand taller and straighter. As an added bonus, you may find that your newly toned muscles and better posture work together to ease back pain. Bear in mind that this will only apply to certain types of back pain, depending on the underlying causes. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can answer any questions you have about tummy tuck benefits during your initial consultation, as well as advising how you can maximize your tummy tuck results.
One more extra benefit of a tummy tuck is that you may find your thighs appear lifted and more toned, despite not being touched by your plastic surgeon.
Goodbye Ventral Hernia
If you suffer from a ventral hernia, you may be intrigued by the fact that your hernia repair can be combined with your tummy tuck surgery. This is something that you’ll need to discuss with your board-certified plastic surgeon at your consultation, as it does involve some careful consideration and planning. Generally, if a ventral hernia is present, the abdominal wall will be strengthened during your tummy tuck to try and prevent future recurrence. Once there’s been one ventral hernia, there’s a higher risk of another later on. Combining surgeries this way means you only need to recover once, not to mention avoiding the expense of a second surgery.
Motivation to Maintain Your Figure
Particularly when combined with liposuction, a tummy tuck can help you gain motivation when it comes to following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. It makes sense really – when you’ve gone to all that effort, why would you want to behave in a way that could jeopardize the new improved you? Okay, so there are plenty of non-surgical ways to get motivated about your health… but think of this as an added benefit rather than a complete reason to choose a tummy tuck.
Body Benefits of Tummy Tuck
A flatter belly tends to be the main factor behind the decision to have a tummy tuck, but it’s important to remember that how your body looks isn’t the most crucial aspect; it’s about how your body works too. Pregnancy and childbirth can wreak havoc on your core abdominal muscles that’s impossible to reverse without surgery. Repairing and tightening your core muscles can help your body as a whole to function better – the stronger the core, the stronger the body.
Am I a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
If your interest has been piqued and you’d like to take advantage of the multiple potential benefits of getting a tummy tuck, the first step should be consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess your suitability.
During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will ask questions and discuss your goals to ensure you’re a good candidate before going ahead with the tummy tuck. The specifics will depend on you as an individual but, in general, a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery is someone who:
- Is bothered by loose, excess skin after weight loss or pregnancy
- Has significant stretch marks on the lower abdomen
- Is unhappy with abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy
- Is at or near their ideal weight
- Doesn’t smoke, or is willing to quit
Your board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss each of these and any other points of concern during your consultation.