A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty offers many benefits to patients. Removal of excess skin and fat as well as tightening of abdominal muscles gives patients a flatter and firmer stomach. An additional benefit of a firmer stomach is a decreased waistline width. Moreover, a tummy tuck can help patients to get rid of scars and stretch marks specifically those beneath the navel. Lastly, all of the above benefits can combine to give a patient the chance to enjoy increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
Patients who undergo a tummy tuck receive many aesthetic benefits. If a patient’s stomach has undergone significant stretching as a result of either pregnancy or weight loss, an abdominoplasty can provide a firmer and flatter belly, plus a smoother contour and reduced waistline. In addition, a tummy tuck helps patients remove unaesthetic stretch marks as well. In most cases, stretch marks below the navel are removed along with excess skin and fat. Excess fat from other areas of the body such as the hips, thighs and arms can be removed with liposuction at the same time as their tummy tuck procedure.
Almost all patients are plagued with the problem of loose skin as a result of age-triggered skin elasticity reduction. This normal phenomenon is made worse by considerable weight loss or pregnancy. The answer to this problem lies in a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck helps a patient to take out any excess skin which in turn provides a flatter and aesthetic pleasing belly. Occasionally, an abdominoplasty can even help a patient enjoy good health. Significant amounts of sagging skin have the tendency to get infected with fungus. Through the removal of sagging skin, the risk of a fungus infection goes away as well. Patients who have lost large amounts of weight can have excess skin removed from the flanks and back at the same time as a tummy tuck. This is referred to as a circumferential tummy tuck or lower body lift. This procedure can help to tighten loose outer thigh skin and give a lift to their buttocks. Patients who have a lot of loose abdominal skin often suffer from sagging breasts as well. A breast lift or mastopexy is often combined with a tummy tuck to save time and money as well as the opportunity to go through only one recovery period.
In a recent study published in the Journal for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery, Dr. McMahan, et al showed that patients who suffer from stress incontinence can get relief of their symptoms with a tummy tuck; either a full or a mini-tuck. Stress incontinence is the leakage of urine with sudden tightening of the abdominal muscles, such as during coughing, sneezing or laughing. In this study that looked at Dr. McMahan’s last 250 abdominoplasty patients, fifty percent of those who returned the questionnaire suffered from urinary stress incontinence before surgery and sixty percent of these reported significant, if not complete relief of their symptoms after surgery. Unfortunately, insurance companies will not cover the cost of a tummy tuck to relieve stress incontinence.