Contributing editor: Anthony Taglienti, MD
Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tucks are a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the abdomen. A tummy tuck removes excess abdominal skin and fat, and tightens the abdominal fascia with sutures, resulting in a more toned appearance. It is typically paired with liposuction to the love handles to help reduce the waistline as well.
While there are risks associated with any cosmetic procedure (especially a surgical one), a tummy tuck is generally safe, and its recovery takes, on average, 1-2 months. Not to mention, the results are unbeatable. So here are the top 5 desirable results of a tummy tuck.
1. Improved Appearance
The number one reason why people get a tummy is the marked improvement in their appearance.
Whether there is an excess of skin from weight loss or pregnancy, C-section scars, or prior surgeries, a tummy tuck results in a dramatically changed, firmer and flatter abdomen. Patients can feel more confident in their new body and show off their improved physique.
2. Stronger Core
Over time, many people develop a weak core because of weakened abdominal and back muscles, which can lead to decreased strength, flexibility, and pain.
When the abdominal muscles are tightened in a tummy tuck the core is strengthened. However, having a stronger core is not all about showing off lean abs – it can also help to reduce stress urinary incontinence, and other bladder problems that can be triggered by coughing, exercising, laughing, and sneezing.
3. Decreased Risk of Medical Conditions
There are also other medical conditions that can be addressed with a tummy tuck. The risk of hernias can be decreased as abdominal muscles are tightened, and after tummy tuck recovery, there is less stress on the area.
A tummy tuck paired with liposuction also decreases excess body fat, which can help with lowering the risk of any obesity-related ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, gallstones, and sleep apnea.
4. Better Bodily Control
As we age or experience pregnancies, our bodies just don’t work as well. It can be harder to exercise due to excess tummy fat and poor strength. But with greater core strength after a tummy tuck recovery comes greater motility. Often times patients are much more motivated to exercise after this surgery – they feel and look great and have an easier time in the gym.
5. Decrease in Back Pain
Because poor posture and some types of back pain can be the result of a weakened abdominal core, a tummy tuck can also partially relieve back pain and allow you to sit tall and exude confidence. The internal sutures that are placed in the abdominal muscles at the time of surgery act as an internal corset and are permanent, giving the patient a lifelong improvement in their abdominal muscle tone.
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