Posted January 04, 2023 in Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
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Men and women of all ages turn to plastic surgery procedures to help them achieve the body physique that they have always desired. And one of the most trusted and effective procedures to transform the body is tummy tuck surgery!
In 2020, nearly 100,000 tummy tuck procedures were performed, and when you see the transformative results that this cosmetic surgical procedure offers, there’s little wondering why so many people turn to a tummy tuck. What’s even better is that the benefits of a tummy tuck are not only physical.
Below, we will discuss 10 of the most important ways that a tummy tuck can help you look and feel your absolute best!
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that addresses aesthetic concerns in the midsection. Whether from age, lifestyle, or life events (pregnancy or weight loss), many men and women struggle with excess fat and sagging skin in their bellies.
With a tummy tuck, Dr. Morales will make an incision along your torso just above the pubic area, usually stretching from hip to hip.
Liposuction surgery may be used to remove any stubborn fat in the area. Then, Dr. Morales will tighten the underlying abdominal muscles with internal sutures, surgically remove any excess skin around the abdomen, and pull the remaining skin tight before closing the incisions.
After your tummy tuck recovery period, you can look forward to a more contoured body appearance that can help you feel more comfortable with the way you look.
What Are 10 Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
1. Removal of Excess Skin
One of the most common areas on the body to suffer from excess and sagging skin is the midsection.
Men and women often feel self-conscious and even embarrassed by this condition; however, part of the tummy tuck procedure is excision of sagging skin. This can allow you to achieve a more contoured midsection that is no longer distracted by unsightly excess skin.
2. Reduction of the Lower Belly Pooch
Both men and women can struggle with a lower belly pooch; however, the reasons for this condition may vary.
For men, this pooch (also known as a “beer gut” or “beer belly”) can be caused by excess fat in the lower abdomen. During a tummy tuck, liposuction can remove this excess fat. And for women, this pooch is often the result of weakened connective tissue in the abdominal muscles.
A tummy tuck tightens these connective tissues to help eliminate that extra little pooch to give you a sleeker, more toned appearance.
3. Correction of Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti is a condition that primarily affects women and can lead to a lower belly pooch or a bulge in the middle of their tummies. It is often the result of pregnancy and childbirth (especially if you have given birth to a large baby or several babies over time).
Essentially, diastasis recti is a severe loosening or full separation of the rectus abdominis muscles.
During your tummy tuck, these muscles will be tightened and held in place with internal sutures, which will eliminate the frustrating results of diastasis recti.
4. Correction of Umbilical Hernias
Hernias are the result of an internal organ, such as the intestine, putting pressure on the surrounding muscle (such as the abdominal muscle) or the connective tissue (fascia). This can cause an unsightly bump in the area as well as pain.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Morales will push the troublesome organ back in place and tighten the affected muscle or fascia to eliminate the presence of the hernia. Not only will you no longer have the physical appearance of the hernia, but you will also feel much better after your tummy tuck.
5. Reduction of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks can occur on both men and women’s midsections and can be the result of weight gain, weight loss, and pregnancy. Because tummy tuck surgery includes excision of sagging skin, stretch marks on portions of the abdominal skin that are surgically removed will no longer be present on your body.
However, it is important to understand that stretch marks on the abdomen that are not on excised skin will not be removed.
6. Relief From Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
Many men and women suffer from stress urinary incontinence, which causes urinary leakage. This usually happens when there is increased pressure on the abdomen (such as during physical activity, coughing, sneezing, laughing).
This condition is caused by a weakening of the muscles around the pelvic floor.
With a tummy tuck, though, the muscles around the pelvic floor and urethra are tightened, which strengthens the area and keeps leakage from occurring.
7. Improved Posture
Weak abdominal muscles can cause you to slouch, since there is less support in the midsection. But with the tightened abdominal core muscles achieved through a tummy tuck, you can find yourself with a stronger, more improved posture. This occurs because the tightened muscles help to support the spine.
8. Firmer Core Appearance
Not only can a tummy tuck help to correct your posture (as well as other functional qualities in your midsection), but it can also help correct the appearance of your abdomen. Due to the tightened muscles and excised skin, your midsection can appear more contoured and toned than ever before.
This means that you can finally achieve a firm tummy that you’ll be excited to show off.
9. Increased Availability of Clothing
Many people feel too self-conscious about their excess fat and sagging skin in the midsection to wear the styles of clothing they’ve always wanted (whether it be bathing suits, bikinis, or normal everyday clothing).
But with improved abdominal contours and definition, you can finally wear those clothes you’ve always dreamed of.
10. Improved Confidence
Tummy tuck surgery can help correct many aesthetic issues that are present in the belly. And with an improved appearance comes a better sense of self, you can look forward to feeling more confident in your appearance with improved self-esteem.