The Healing Power of a Tummy Tuck

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In recent years, the tummy tuck has emerged as one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the US. Known in medical terms as an Abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens the muscles and removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen so that it appears flatter and more toned. Tummy tuck is a great remedy for the lower belly pooch that may result from excess fat or loose skin resulting from child birth. 2015 saw a 9% increase in the number of tummy tuck procedures performed in the US, and that number should only continue to rise this year. While traditionally considered a cosmetic procedure, my Scarpia fascia technique for abdominoplasty can provide substantial medical benefits as well. This technique was recently covered in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal published by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Treatment of Ventral Hernia

A tummy tuck can treat ventral hernias and prevent future hernias from forming by repairing the abdominal wall. A ventral hernia is a condition that occurs when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall, creating a painful bulge. People who have lost a large amount of weight, have undergone C-sections or similar procedures or who have a family history of hernias may be at risk to develop a ventral hernia. In this event, it is not uncommon to pair hernia surgery with a tummy tuck to minimize downtime for recovery and avoid future hernias.

Reduction of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the bladder leaks urine during physical activities or exertion. The leakage can occur as a result of the most minor physical activities like laughing, coughing and sneezing, as well as more rigorous tasks like exercising or lifting heavy objects. During a tummy tuck, a slight bladder obstruction is created using soft tissue near the pelvis, reducing incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence is much more common in women than men, particularly women who have been pregnant or undergone a C-section.

Improved Posture and Pain Reduction

Following a tummy tuck procedure, many patients notice their posture has improved thanks to increased support from the abdominal muscles that have been tightened. Back issues are common for people carrying excess skin and fat on the abdomen. The extra belly fat can put additional stress on the back, neck and shoulders causing weakness and pain. A tummy tuck can repair weak or separated abdominal muscles while simultaneously removing excess skin to flatten the abdomen.

Additionally, there is also a significant mental benefit with the added incentive to keep off this unwanted weight. Following a tummy tuck procedure, many patients feel as if they have been granted a fresh start in their pursuit of a healthy life without the burden of unsightly, loose skin on the abdomen and excess weight.

A tummy tuck may be recommended for patients in generally good health, mothers who have finished having children or anyone dealing with extra hanging skin due to significant weight loss.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgeon