Tummy Tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the muscles so that is appears flatter and more toned. Abdominoplasty is used for helping women restore their figures after pregnancy and for men and women that have had rapid, extreme weight loss and was left with loose skin.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are several medical benefits in having a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty besides cosmetic reasons
More Toned Abs and Better Posture
After extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies, stomach muscles can become distended, and diet and exercise alone cannot help. You can do 1,000 sit ups a day, and it’s not going to create a flat, toned tummy. A tummy tuck surgically tightens weak muscles, while removing excess skin and fat, to flatten the abdomen.
After an abdominoplasty, patients may notice that their posture has improved significantly, thanks to the tightened muscles supporting their spine. The improved support and better posture can have the added benefit of relieving certain types of back pain.
Ventral Hernia Correction
A ventral hernia occurs when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall and forms a pocket or sack. There are several potential causes, including abdominal weakness caused by massive weight loss or surgeries like C-sections or appendectomies.
A ventral hernia correction and abdominoplasty are similar procedures as both surgeries correct weakened adnominal muscles and pressure on the skin. No matter the cause, whether pregnancy or weight, a weak abdominal wall will allow a hernia to form.
Your surgeon will weigh the benefits of adding an abdominoplasty procedure to the hernia repair to strengthen the abdominal wall and prevent future occurrences. Combining the procedures is not only safe, but very practical, as it can reduce medical expenses and recovery time.
Pros and Cons – Risks and Rewards
Due to its growing popularity, many people believe that a tummy tuck is an easy procedure. It’s not. It’s a major procedure that require general anesthesia and a long recovery time of several weeks. There are also risks of infections and other complications.
It’s extremely important to discuss with your surgeon the benefits and the risks associated with a tummy tuck. When all points have been discussed and options weighed, you will have the necessary information as to whether a tummy tuck is right for you. For many, the rewards outweigh the risks and is evident with the rise in this procedure.
Dr. Magassy will be happy to discuss the risks and rewards of a tummy tuck with you. Call today to schedule your personal consultation. Schedule your appointment prior to December 31, 2018, and you will receive $500 off your procedure. Plastic Surgery Associates, PC., is conveniently located in McLean, VA to serve Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland residents.