Does it seem like no matter how much you diet and exercise, you can’t get rid of the protruding fat in your abdominal region? Do you have excess sagging skin, weak abdominal muscles, or a disproportionately large abdomen? If so, a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, might be exactly what you need.
While you may think a tummy tuck is all about improving cosmetic appearance, you may be surprised to learn that the procedure can bring many additional benefits. Here are eight reasons to consider a tummy tuck after losing weight.
If you leak urine when you laugh, sneeze, or exercise, you may be suffering from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Although most common amongst women who have had a vaginal delivery, this bladder condition can also be caused by:
Your doctor can help treat SUI during the abdominoplasty procedure by obstructing your bladder with soft tissue. The tightening of the abdominal muscles can also create tension between the urethra and bladder, giving you more control.
When your abdominal muscles are weak and you’re carrying around extra fat in your midsection, your posture suffers. Eventually, you may suffer from a condition known as lordosis (swayback), which can cause significant back pain.
Abdominoplasty removes the heavy excess fat and tightens weakened abdominal muscles. This gives the spine extra support and improves your posture. In most cases, back pain is also eliminated following tummy tuck surgery.
During pregnancy, as your baby grows, the skin in your abdominal region expands. Once you’ve given birth, it often stays there with no place to go. In some cases, a separation of abdominal muscles, known as diastasis recti, creates that belly “pooch” that just won’t go away.
Abdominoplasty can take care of both of these issues. It can also eliminate stretch marks and scars from C-section or older surgeries. Many moms are now turning to the tummy tuck as a way to reclaim their body after delivering their precious bundle of joy.
A ventral hernia occurs when your abdominal tissue or intestines push themselves through the abdominal wall. This painful and dangerous condition is often caused by extreme weight loss, appendectomy, C-section, or other surgeries. Once you’ve experienced a ventral hernia, the condition is likely to reoccur.
The tightening of abdominal muscles that occurs with abdominoplasty reduces the chance of hernia recurrence. For this reason, combining abdominoplasty with hernia surgery has become a common practice.
As you grow older, your skin loses its ability to “bounce back” after being stretched out. In some cases, especially after pregnancy or extreme weight loss, a large amount of excess skin remains around the midsection.
Unfortunately, no amount of dieting or exercise can get rid of this excess skin. Those who are bothered by the condition often find that abdominoplasty is the most effective treatment.
Research has shown that patients who undergo weight-loss surgery are more likely to maintain the weight loss if it’s combined with abdominoplasty.
It’s thought that this is due to the tightening of the abdominal walls, which causes an increased feeling of satiety after eating. A feeling of fullness after you eat is a critical factor to long-term weight loss.
Once you get rid of excess fat around your midsection, it’s much easier to run, jump, swim, and engage in many other forms of physical exercise. A renewed interest in exercise is also good for your overall health and will help you maintain your weight loss.
Wearing a pair of sexy underwear or that gorgeous bikini can cause a great deal of stress when you’re worried about a belly pooch or saggy skin. Abdominoplasty gives you a more streamlined body shape and allows you to wear many different styles of clothing. Undergoing a simple tummy tuck procedure can do wonders for your sense of self-esteem and confidence.
Now that you know the benefits of abdominoplasty, you may be ready to move forward. Here are a few tips to help ensure you get the best possible results.
This surgery is best for men and women who are in relatively good shape. It’s not intended for those who are obese or have a great deal of weight to lose. Before considering abdominoplasty, make sure you’re at or close to your ideal weight.
If you’ve recently lost weight, don’t schedule your abdominoplasty until you’ve maintained your current weight for at least three months. Carefully consider the methods you used to reach your current weight, and make sure you’re willing to commit to them for the long term.
For best tummy tuck results, you should ensure that you’re done having children before undergoing the procedure. Additional pregnancies will likely change the shape of your abdomen and cause you to need another tummy tuck down the line.
Smoking cigarettes before surgery and/or during recovery can cause your incisions to break down and open up. This can result in a much longer recovery time and you may need additional scar revision surgery.
This is so important that some surgeons will actually refuse to perform an abdominoplasty procedure if you’re an active smoker.
For optimal results, carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions both before and after your surgery. During recovery, you must give your body plenty of time to rest and heal. Avoid lifting heavy objects and don’t engage in strenuous activities until your surgeon says it’s okay.
At Simmons Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to helping you look and feel your absolute best.
If you’re considering a tummy tuck or other cosmetic procedure, contact us today. We’re happy to provide you with a personalized consultation and show you how you can benefit from our high-quality plastic surgery procedures.