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How a Tummy Tuck Can Be Good for Your Back, Bladder & Belly

While the cosmetic benefits of a tummy tuck—like a tighter, more toned abdomen—are pretty wellknown, you might be surprised to learn that there are also quite a few medical benefits of a tummy tuck. If you’re struggling with any of these common medical problems, talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon about abdominoplasty could be a great first step to finding relief.

Improved Back Pain

Millions of Americans struggle with back pain on a daily basis for a variety of reasons. When back pain is caused by weakened abdominal muscles, such as after a pregnancy or due to being overweight, a tummy tuck may be able to help.

In particular, a condition known as lordosis, or swayback, often develops as a result of weakened ab muscles. By tightening those weak abdominal muscleswhile simultaneously removing excess skin,atummy tuck may relieve back pain associated with this condition.

As an added bonus, many people notice that their posture has improved after getting a tummy tuck. Again, this is related to the tightening and toning of your abdominal muscles, which are the primary support system for your back. Thus, tighter muscles can mean better back support, less back pain, and improved posture.

Relief from Stress Urinary Incontinence

Another common problem that many women face following a pregnancy is stress urinary incontinence. This happens when your pelvic floor muscles become weakened, which gives way to uncontrollable bladder leaks, especially when you cough, sneeze or laugh.

If severe stress urinary incontinence is a problem for you, ask your plastic surgeon about the possibility of correcting it as part of your tummy tuck. In some cases, your plastic surgeon can create a small bladder obstruction during the procedure to help stop these little leaks from happening.

For less severe cases of urinary incontinence, there are some nonsurgical treatment options that you can discuss with your doctor.

Muscle Repair

Certainly abdominoplasty can help with cosmetic concerns like excess skin and even small pockets of stubborn fatif liposuction is included, as with the C.L.A.S.S.® tummy tuck technique. But the benefits for your belly don’t stop there.

Sometimes, pregnancy can cause a significant gap to form in between the two sides of your abdominal muscles. Although not usually a health risk, this medical condition known as diastasis recti can cause an unwanted belly pooch and generally will not respond to exercise. Diastasis recti can often be remedied during your tummy tuck procedure.

Finding a Plastic Surgeon to Reap the Medical Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

The C.L.A.S.S. tummy tuck offers the benefits of a tummy tuck and liposuction and doesn’t require adrain.

Whether you’re looking to address cosmetic concerns, medical concerns or both, the first step to choosing a plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck is to check for board certification. This will ensure that he or she has gone through extensive schooling, training and residency programs. Once you’ve narrowed down your search that much, it might be worthwhile to make a few phone calls or schedule some office visits to discuss your specific needs.

If you’re hoping to address any of these medical issues during your tummy tuck, be sure to let your plastic surgeon know during your consultation. He or she will provide an in-depth assessment and let you know if abdominoplasty could be right for you.

 

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