Despite the label “cosmetic surgery”, some plastic surgery procedures known primarily for their ability to help patients rejuvenate their appearance can also provide additional outstanding medical benefits. Case in point: tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tucks are among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed annually in the US. And while the primary function of a tummy tuck is to help a patient achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen, there is more this procedure can do to benefit patients. Allow me to explain.
After undergoing a tummy tuck, some patients may experience an improvement in their posture. This is due to the increased spinal support that results from a tightening of the abdominal muscles that occurs during the procedure. Additionally, carrying excess skin and fat around the abdomen can put additional stress on the back, neck and shoulders, leading to weakness and pain. By removing this excess fat and skin, a tummy tuck can help relieve this.
A tummy tuck can also help patients who experience diastasis rectus, a condition that occurs when there is a separation of the recti muscles found at the outermost abdominal wall. Diastasis recti can be caused by weight gain, pregnancy, natural aging, or an injury. A rectus diastasis causes a weakening of the abdominal wall and a sometimes-visible bulge, especially when the muscles are engaged.
Unfortunately, diastasis recti cannot be completely treated with diet and exercise alone. However, undergoing a tummy tuck can help. During surgery, I am able to retighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat from the midsection. The abdominal muscle bands are tightened, and the remaining skin is repositioned. By tightening the rectus muscles, a tummy tuck can provide a flatter abdomen and stronger, sturdier core.
When you combine these medical benefits with the more notable cosmetic improvements that a tummy tuck can provide, it’s no wonder this procedure has stayed so in-demand for so long. If you think you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, the first step is consulting with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. For more information or to schedule your consultation today, please contact me, Dr. Allyson B. Maske. And follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional cosmetic surgery tips, news, and so much more.