A tummy tuck is a popular procedure that can provide you with a flat tummy and increased confidence, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A tummy tuck at my Toronto plastic surgery center has other lesser-known benefits as well. You will not only look great after your surgery but will feel great too.
Decreased Back Pain and Good Posture
Major weight loss or multiple pregnancies can cause a condition called diastasis recti. Diastasis recti means that your abdominal muscles have become separated and are unable to return to their original position through exercise alone. Weakened abdominal muscles can lead to many issues, including back pain and bad posture. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can also tighten abdominal muscles, which will give extra support to the spine. This support will likely improve posture and diminish back pain.
Easier to Maintain Weight Loss
Patients typically lose weight before their tummy tucks because it is important to be close to your goal weight before surgery. It is very common for patients to keep this weight off after surgery because people tend to take better care of their bodies after seeing their results. A flat tummy is great motivation for sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Reduced Urinary Incontinence
It is not uncommon to develop Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) after giving birth vaginally. SUI causes women to have trouble controlling their bladders, especially when they sneeze, cough, exercise, and laugh. According to recent studies by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a tummy tuck can alleviate symptoms of urinary incontinence. The procedure tightens the tissues that support the pelvic floor, bladder, and urethra, which can help prevent leakage.
Relief from Hernias
A hernia forms when your intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through your abdominal wall. Patients with a hernia often report a bulge, swelling, or pain, but in some cases, patients have no symptoms. A number of situations can cause a hernia, including a C-section or massive weight loss, which are common characteristics of people seeking tummy tucks. In cases when someone scheduled for a tummy tuck also has a hernia, it is safe and practical to repair the hernia during the abdominoplasty procedure. Additionally, strengthening the abdominal wall will prevent future hernias.
Exercise Becomes Easier
With the removal of excess skin, exercising becomes easier. Your range of motion will improve because you won’t have the extra skin or protruding stomach that used to get in your way. Your tightened abdominal muscles will help you increase your core strength. Most physical activities rely on a strong core, which helps with balance and stability.
Check out our photo gallery of real patient results to get a better idea of your potential after tummy tuck surgery. If you are ready to take the next steps, request a consultation online or give us a call at +1 (888) 925-7337.