While the tummy tuck is most known for its cosmetic benefits (i.e. getting rid of stomach pooch), you might not know that tummy tucks come with some medical benefits as well. It’s commonly performed during a mommy makeover procedure because it offers some great benefits to women who have been pregnant and given birth, both of which can take a toll on the abdominal region. Here’s what you should know about the medical benefits of a tummy tuck procedure.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
This is one of the most common conditions felt by post-pregnancy women, and it can be one of the most difficult and embarrassing ones. This condition can be caused by a lack of support in the pelvic region, which can be caused by the strain of childbirth. The muscles of the abdomen can become stretched and ineffective, meaning some women have little bladder control when they sneeze or laugh. During a tummy tuck, these loosened muscles can be tightened and sutured back together, giving the abdominal support that is needed.
Although it’s a common experience during pregnancy to suffer back pain from the weight put on the midsection, back pain after childbirth is a less-talked-about experience. This happens because the stretched abdominal muscles can no longer help support the weight of the upper body, so much of it falls on the spine and back muscles. The core muscles are highly important to posture and movement, and it’s nearly impossible to gain them back through diet and exercise alone after they have become distended. Restoring the abdominal muscles can provide relief for the back and spine.
It’s not exclusively women that suffer from hernias, but anyone that does suffer from them can greatly benefit from a tummy tuck. In fact, similar techniques are used in hernia surgery. They occur when the tissue of the intestines breaks through the abdominal wall due to stress and a weak muscular wall. Any hernia sufferer knows that if one occurs, more are prone to follow. That’s why tummy tuck surgery can provide relief— restoring the abdominal wall means less chance for tissues to break through.
The tummy tuck can be a great way to achieve the abdominal profile you’ve always wanted, but there are some medical benefits to keep in mind if you also suffer from any of the above. If you’re interested in your options with a tummy tuck, contact our office near Birmingham to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ellen.