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Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that tightens stomach muscles and helps eliminate excess skin from the midsection. While the primary function of abdominoplasty is to enhance aesthetics, abdominoplasty can also provide significant health benefits.
Here are five ways abdominoplasty can positively impact the quality of a patient’s life.
1. Fixes Ventral Hernias
A tummy tuck can significantly help patients suffering from ventral hernias. A ventral hernia develops when the abdominal tissue or intestine pushes past the abdominal wall to form a type of sack or pocket.
There are several reasons a hernia may form, including weakness in the abdominal area, massive weight loss, an appendectomy, or a cesarean section. A tummy tuck can flatten the stomach to correct a ventral hernia by repositioning and repairing weakened abdominal muscles, thereby reducing pressure on areas affected by the hernia.
2. Reduces Stress Urinary Incontinence
Bladder control conditions, such as stress urinary incontinence (SUI), occur when high amounts of pressure are applied to the bladder and urethra. Bladder problems are most common for women, especially after giving birth, but can also affect men.
Symptoms of SUI can manifest as uncontrollable leakage induced by sudden and energetic movements, such as exercising, coughing, sneezing, and laughing. Generally, this condition is treated without surgery, but scientific research has shown that a tummy tuck may assist patients who suffer from SUI.
3. Relieves Back Pain
Mild to severe back pain is another frequent problem that can be managed by abdominoplasty. Following childbirth or a significant weight loss, women may have difficulty with back pain resulting from weakened abdominal muscles. By tightening weakened muscles, your core is strengthened, resulting in abdominal support that can alleviate your back pain.
4. Improves Posture
Decreased back pain isn’t the only benefit abdominoplasty can provide that is related to your back. Improved posture can also be a significant byproduct of stronger abdominal muscles. Once a tummy tuck procedure is complete, tightened muscles can give more support to your spine and, therefore, straighten your back.
5. Increases Self-Confidence
A healthy amount of self-esteem is integral to cultivating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Abdominoplasty can dramatically improve a patient’s self-esteem and encourage them to visit the gym more often, which will improve their overall health. Some patients will no longer feel like they have to hide at home, embarrassed by their excess skin or unflattering midsection.
For those looking for a little more cosmetic assistance by getting rid of unwanted and stubborn pockets of fat, liposuction treatment is an essential choice. Liposuction removes stubborn fat pockets from the body for a sleek and slim appearance.
Improve Your Health With a Cosmetic Procedure
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mendieta will take your unique cosmetic concerns and physical anatomy into account before compiling the best possible treatment plan for your needs.