Surprising Health Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

A woman touches her stomach after receiving a tummy tuck.

Thinking about getting a tummy tuck? If so, you already know that the procedure improves the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin that often remains after pregnancy or other significant weight loss. But many tummy tuck patients at our plastic surgery practice in Los Angeles aren’t aware of the unexpected benefits of abdominoplasty.

The primary benefits of tummy tuck surgery are well-known, including the repair of certain abdominal muscles that can be separated by pregnancy. But recent research now confirms other benefits that were once just anecdotal experiences of tummy tuck patients. Because abdominoplasty is already one of the most satisfying procedures (it earns a 96% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf), these unexpected benefits are indeed a bonus.

In this blog post, I’ll take a closer look at these other benefits.

Treat diastasis recti: Why is this important? For moms frustrated that they can’t get rid of their post-baby pooches even though they spend hours working out and doing crunches, repairing the condition responsible for those bellies is undoubtedly a benefit of a tummy tuck. This condition is also linked to post-pregnancy urinary incontinence, which we mention below.

Reduced urinary incontinence: Some women may develop this condition either after having children or as they get older, and it can be a daily source of embarrassment. Doctors have discovered that a tummy tuck can help relieve or reduce urinary incontinence in as many as two-thirds of those treated. During a tummy tuck, the soft tissues that support the pelvic floor, bladder, and urethra are reinforced and tightened, which creates pressure on the passage from the bladder to the urethra to help keep it closed and prevent leaks.

Reduced back pain and improved posture: With pregnancy and other extensive weight loss, core muscles can become weakened. This weakening can cause back muscles to overcompensate, leading to lower back pain. Because tummy tuck surgery tightens these ab muscles and helps strengthen the core, it can also result in improved posture and decreased back pain. A study published last year in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® revealed the link between tummy tucks and diminished back pain.

More likely to maintain weight loss: Patients who get tummy tucks after weight-loss surgery are more likely to maintain their new body contours if they have plastic surgery to remove excess skin. A tummy tuck can also be combined with other body contouring procedures, depending on the extent of surgery needed.

As you can see, the benefits of a tummy tuck are not limited to a slimmer stomach, although that is an excellent benefit that can help improve a person’s confidence. You can see the transformational changes of the surgery by viewing our before-and-after photo gallery, featuring many of our tummy tuck patients from throughout the Los Angeles area. To learn more about the procedure and the techniques I use, contact our office to request a consultation or call us at (310) 300-1779 to schedule an appointment.

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