It’s no secret tummy tuck surgery is commonly sought out by patients who struggle with excess skin and tissue on the abdomen. But did you know the body contouring procedure has other benefits? In this blog post, Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause shares four additional health benefits that result from tummy tuck surgery.
It’s common for people with excess skin and fat on the abdomen to experience back problems. The extra belly fat and weak muscles put added strain on the back, neck and/or shoulders. Tummy tuck surgery repairs weak or separated abdominal muscles while simultaneously removing excess skin to flatten the abdomen. Following surgery, many patients notice their posture has improved thanks to increased support from the abdominal muscles that have been retightened.
Correction of Ventral Hernia
A ventral hernia is a condition that occurs when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall, forming a painful bulge. Patients who are at higher risk include those who have lost a massive amount of weight, have undergone surgeries such as C-sections or who have a family history of hernias. Tummy tuck can treat ventral hernias and prevent future hernias from forming by repairing the abdominal wall.
Reduced Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI), occurs when one’s bladder leaks urine during physical activities or exertion. The leakage can occur when laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising or lifting heavy objects. SUI is much more common in women than men, particularly women who have been pregnant (vaginal pregnancy). Research has shown that tummy tuck surgery can help reduce SUI. During tummy tuck, Dr. Hause can create a slight bladder obstruction using soft tissue in the pelvic area to reduce incontinence.
Incentive to Maintain a Healthy Weight
Following tummy tuck surgery, many patients feel as if they have a new lease on life. They are no longer burdened by unsightly, loose skin on the abdomen and are motivated more than ever to maintain their slimmer physique. In fact, a 2013 study found that weight loss patients who have also had tummy tuck surgery were more likely to keep the weight off than patients who did not undergo tummy tuck.