Many debate whether they should undergo a tummy tuck and why they should go for it. Additionally, given that there are different types of tummy tucks, many get confused as to which procedure would be ideal for them and which one would help them meet their needs and goals. A reputable plastic surgeon should help you answer all these questions. Why then should you go for a tummy tuck?
To reduce stress urinary incontinence
Some women develop Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) after a vaginal birth. This problem is associated with uncontrollable leakage when one coughs, sneezes, exercises or even laughs due to a bladder control problem. SUI can be treated without surgery in most cases, but several studies have shown that for patients in need of more care, a tummy tuck will help. A tummy tuck assists in the recovery of patients who have not undergone a caesarian section. During the surgery, soft tissue near the pelvic is used to create a slight bladder obstruction that reduces incontinence.
To improve abdominal tone and better posture
Stomach muscles can become distended following extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies. Most of the time exercise and diet alone do not help with this problem. You can tighten weak muscles surgically while removing excess fat and skin therefore flattening the abdomen.
Additionally, sway back or lordosis is associated with weak abdominal muscles. Patients usually notice a significant improvement in posture after a tummy tuck. This is as a result of the tightened abdominal muscles supporting their spine. An improvement in support and better posture has the added benefit of reducing certain kinds of back pain.
To correct ventral hernia
You get a ventral hernia when the intestine or abdominal tissue form a sack or pocket by breaking through the abdominal wall. A ventral hernia can be caused by abdominal weakness as a result of massive weight loss or due to surgeries like appendectomies or C-sections. A tummy tuck, therefore, corrects weakened abdominal muscles and pressure on the skin. In addition to correcting a hernia, a surgeon may also recommend a tummy tuck to strengthen the abdominal wall and prevent the recurrence of a hernia. Combining the procedures is greatly encouraged because not only is it safe, but it also saves on recovery time and medical expenses.
To get rid of excess skin
A tummy tuck gets rid of excess skin around the abdominal region. Together with a liposuction, a tummy tuck results in a flat abdomen. This also tightens the abdominal muscles giving you the great stomach that you want. It definitely gives you that beach body that you have been yearning for.
To get rid of stretch marks
A tummy tuck gets rid of the loose skin below your belly button, removing stretch marks associated with stretch marks and childbirth. Stretch marks occur when skin is stretched overwhelming the growth and elasticity of the skin causing tears that form horizontal lines in the skin. A tummy tuck is the most effective treatment of stretch marks.
It is your secret and it lasts long
You can enjoy the results of a tummy tuck for years when coupled with exercise and a healthy diet. Additionally, the hip-to-hip scar left after a tummy tuck is usually located above the pubic region which can be easily hidden with your underwear. The procedure is, therefore, your secret.
A tummy tuck takes several hours and helps you get your groove and confidence back. Not only is it great for aesthetic purpose, it also has many health benefits. If you have been debating if you should go for that tummy tuck, it is time for you to make your decision given that the procedure is greatly beneficial.
Dr. Gregory H. Croll is the owner of his own practice, and the leading doctor for tummy tucks in Columbia, MO.