Aging, genetics, pregnancy, dramatic weight loss, weight gain, and other various factors can create a number of problems for our bodies. One of the most visible problems is an increase in stubborn belly fat. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a body contouring procedure that can remove excess fat and skin from around the waist and create a firmer, slimmer midsection. However, abdominoplasty can do even more than this. Most patients who undergo a tummy tuck procedure also report a number of additional improvements such as those described below.
Improved Abdominal Contour
Dr. John Roussalis conducts abdominoplasty on qualified candidates who have excess skin and fatty tissue around their abdomens that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. During the procedure, he removes this excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles, and the final result is a thinner, tighter, firmer, and more contoured abdomen. When patients maintain a healthy diet and stable weight, the results are long lasting.
Improved Abdominal Strength and Posture
In addition to cosmetic improvements, a tummy tuck offers several medical benefits. A major one is improved abdominal strength. Stretched out, flaccid abdominal muscles contribute to a weak stomach, particularly for those who have experienced significant weight fluctuations or pregnancy. When the abdominal muscles are tightened, they are better able to support the body’s core. The tightened muscles supporting the spine lead to improved posture and can even relieve back pain for certain individuals.
Improved Bladder Control
Some individuals suffer from problems with bladder control. Vaginal birth, prostate surgery, and various other factors can lead to the development of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). SUI is a bladder control problem that is associated with involuntary bladder leakage while exercising, lifting heavy objects, sneezing, coughing, or laughing. During abdominoplasty, soft tissue near the pelvic area can be used to create a minor bladder obstruction. Thus, patients with more severe cases of SUI who undergo a tummy tuck procedure can experience the additional benefit of reduced symptoms of urinary incontinence.
Considering a Tummy Tuck?
While these benefits may make a tummy tuck sound incredibly appealing, it is important for patients to remember that it is a major procedure that may not be suitable for everyone. Nonetheless, Dr. Roussalis uses his expert skills to ensure that the procedure goes as smoothly as possible so that the patient can experience a smooth recovery and be able to enjoy the many benefits of tummy tuck surgery.
Dr. Roussalis is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Casper, WY. If you’re interested in learning more about abdominoplasty or any of the other procedures Dr. Roussalis offers, contact us today to schedule your private consultation with him. Contact us by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 307-234-4585 to find out what Dr. Roussalis can do for you.