The Unexpected Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
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 additional benefits not normally associated with the surgery. In addition to helping people change their shape after pregnancy or losing significant amounts or weight, a tummy tuck can also do the following:
Reduce Back Pain
When your core muscles are weak, your other muscles must compensate to help you keep your posture, and this compensation can lead to back pain. Additionally, strong core muscles stabilize and keep your pelvis and spine in a neutral position, which aids in a healthy back. Tummy tuck surgery tightens your abdominal muscles, which effectively strengthens your core, improves your posture, and can help to reduce back pain.
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.
Correct Ventral Hernias
A ventral hernia is a bulge of tissues that protrudes through an opening in your abdominal wall muscles. It can cause pain and complications with other organs, like the intestines, and pregnancy is a risk factor for developing these types of hernias. Women exploring abdominoplasty who also have a ventral hernia 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 muscles, a tummy tuck also reduces the likelihood of hernia reoccurrence.
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, they are more motivated to stick to an exercise regimen.
Visit our gallery of before-and-after photos to get a good idea of your potential with tummy tuck surgery.
If you are ready to take the next steps, request a consultation online or give us a call at (817) 228-4315. We can discuss your options and create a customized treatment plan to help you reach your cosmetic goals.