Tummy tuck, formally known as abdominoplasty, is often part of a mommy makeover, the surgical transformation some mothers choose to undergo after they are finished with childbearing. These women tend to focus on the aesthetic benefits of tummy tuck as it restores the abdomen to its pre-pregnancy state. However, there are also medical benefits to tummy tuck. Renowned New York plastic surgeon Dr. Lloyd Landsman discusses the various medical benefits of a tummy tuck.
Reduced Back Pain
Sometimes women experience chronic back pain after pregnancy due to weakened stomach muscles. Tummy tuck surgically tightens these muscles. This added abdominal support may reduce back pain significantly.
Abdominal Muscle Separation Repair
The rectus abdominis runs from the sternum to the pubic bone. It has two sides, separated by a tissue band called the linea alba. Pregnancy may stretch the linea alba, but so can any kind of significant weight gain. The stretching results in the belly bulging outward, and that does not always go back to normal after giving birth or losing weight. This abdominal muscle separation is known as diastasis recti.
Diastasis recti can affect posture and cause pain in the back, hips and abdomen. It can even cause bowel and bladder problems. During tummy tuck, the surgeon folds the stretched area of the linea alba over and sutures it together. Such a repair will mean a longer recovery period, but the procedure can greatly improve quality of life.
Less Urinary Incontinence
Women dealing with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) may find that a sneeze or a hearty laugh can result in embarrassing leakage. SUI results from excess pressure on the urethra and bladder. The condition most often occurs after a vaginal delivery. During tummy tuck, the surgeon tightens the abdominal muscles that put pressure on the pelvic floor. Due to this additional support, SUI symptoms are reduced considerably or even eliminated.
Ventral Hernia Repair
When a section of the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall, it may form a pouch. That is known as a ventral hernia. Tummy tuck can resolve a ventral hernia as the surgeon pushes the hernia back behind the abdominal wall after tightening the upper and lower abdomen. However, it is crucial to undergo diagnostic testing, such as an MRI, beforehand so that the surgeon can tell how the hernia developed.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in tummy tuck and would like to know more about the procedure and whether you are a candidate, arrange a consultation with Dr. Landsman, one of Long Island’s top plastic surgeons. Call (631) 864-4111 to schedule an appointment.