The Unexpected Benefits of a Tummy Tuck (Updated 2023)

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A tummy tuck at our Fort Worth practice can be a transformative procedure for contouring the midsection by tightening weakened abdominal muscles and removing excess skin. However, many people are surprised to learn that, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, a tummy tuck offers more than just muscle repair and a slimmer midsection. Read on to discover some of the unexpected benefits of tummy tuck surgery.

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Tummy Tucks Can Reduce Back Pain

When your core muscles are weak, your other muscles must compensate to help you keep your posture. This over-compensation contributes to chronic back pain. On the flip side, strong core muscles keep your pelvis and spine in a neutral position, which aids in a healthy back. Tummy tuck surgery tightens weakened or separated abdominal muscles (correcting a condition called diastasis recti), which adds strength and stability to your core muscles, improves your posture, and can help to reduce back pain. You can read more about how abdominoplasty relieves back pain in this Healthline article.

A Tummy Tuck May Reduce Urinary Incontinence

Countless women suffer from a weak bladder caused by childbirth or natural aging. If you leak when you sneeze, cough, jump, or laugh, your tummy tuck procedure can improve your bladder control. During the procedure, your surgeon can create a slight obstruction using the soft tissues that support the pelvic floor, bladder, and urethra. This causes tension and pressure along the path from the bladder to the urethra, preventing leakage.

Ventral Hernia Correction With Tummy Tuck

A ventral hernia is a bulge of tissues that protrudes through an opening in your abdominal wall muscles, leading to pain and intestinal complications. Pregnancy, among other factors like obesity and genetics, can increase a patient’s risk for developing these types of hernias. Ventral hernia sufferers exploring abdominoplasty are often pleased to learn that a tummy tuck and hernia repair can be combined into one surgery, requiring just one recovery period. Additionally, by tightening the abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck also reduces the likelihood of hernia reoccurrence.

A Tummy Tuck Can Increase Exercise Tolerance

Removing excess skin and strengthening the abdominal muscles can make exercise easier. Not only will the removal of excess skin make exercise physically less taxing, but it will also boost your confidence at the gym. Often when patients undergo a body contouring procedure, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction, they are more motivated to stick to an exercise regimen.

Visit our gallery of before-and-after photos to get a good idea of the results that can be achieved with tummy tuck surgery.

If you are ready to take the next steps, please request a consultation or call us at (817) 228-4315. We can discuss your tummy tuck options and create a customized treatment plan to help you reach your cosmetic goals.

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