Tummy Tuck surgery (or Abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening the muscle in the abdominal wall. Between 2000 and 2014 the number of tummy tuck procedures rose an impressive 87%, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Many of the procedures were, no doubt, performed for cosmetic reasons, but tummy tucks have also gained significant importance in recent years for some medical benefits. Some of the medical conditions that can benefit from Tummy Tuck are:
Reduction of Stress Urinary Incontinence
After a vaginal birth, some women can develop Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), a bladder control problem associated with uncontrollable leakage brought on by coughing, sneezing, exercising or even laughing.
In most cases, SUI is treated without surgery. For patients who requite more care, several studies have indicated that a tummy tuck can aid in recovery especially in patients that have not has a caesarian section.
Improved Abdominal Tone and Better Posture
After extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies, stomuch muscles can become distended, and diet and exercise alone somtimes cannot help. A tummytuck surgically tightens weak muscles, while removing excess skin and fat, to flatten the abdomen.
Ventral Hernia Correction
A ventral hernia occurs when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall and forms a pocket or sack. It could occur due to several potential causes such as massive weight loss, Caesarian sections, appendectomies etc. Once someone develops a ventral hernia, the odds of developing another one in the future are greatly increased. Often, your plastic surgeons will consider adding an abdominoplasty procedure to the hernia repair in order to strengthen the abdominal wall and prevent future occurances. Combining the procedures is not only safe, but very practical, as it can reduce medical expenses and recovery time.