All About Tummy Tucks
There are many surgical and now even nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that can be utilized to achieve a flatter, firmer midsection – but the tummy tuck has always held one of the top spots for the job. Since the year 2000, the amount of tummy tucks (i.e. abdominoplasty) has increased over 100 percent with nearly 130,000 procedures done last year alone.
You eat well, you exercise, you feel great. But sometimes even if individuals are at their healthiest, stubborn fat and sagging skin can cause any abdominal profile look less than ideal. Tummy tucks patients frequently want to perfect their abdominal section after factors such as pregnancy, weight fluctuation, surgery or simply natural body shape have affected the look and shape of their bellies.
The results of a tummy tuck can be extremely effective and long lasting – but because it surgically tightens existing skin, removing extra space, it’s not the best choice for a patient who intends to lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant.
The procedure works by removing the excess fat and skin around the abdomen, and frequently includes some restoration of muscles. The result is not only a smoother look, but also a firming effect on the area.
Tummy tuck can be expensive – on the low end without any auxiliary costs such as anesthesia and hospital fees, a tummy tuck can cost on average $6000. But this iconic plastic surgery procedure might not be as purely aesthetic as expected. Some studies suggest that there are medical benefits to tummy tucks that include alleviating the effects of conditions such as stress urinary incontinence .
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a problem many women experience, especially postpartum, where increased abdominal pressure causes bladder control issues. Many times doctors recommend patients who suffer from SUI to do muscle exercises or seek relief from other surgical options, but studies have shown a significant improvement from SUI after tummy tucks.
“We found that a tummy tuck significantly alleviated the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence in 60% of our patients, especially in patients who hadn’t undergone previous cesarean section,” said Dr. James D. McMahan who was involved in a study on the effects of tummy tuck on bladder control issues.
So while tummy tucks are still famous for being a luxury cosmetic procedure, in many cases it improves a patient's confidence and quality of life and sometimes even has medical benefits outside of the cosmetic world. If you are considering a tummy tuck, ask your doctor if you are a good candidate and research more information on this versatile surgery.
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