The major benefits of having an abdominoplasty are cosmetic in nature. These include flattening of the stomach, removal of excess skin and fat, tightening of the abdominal muscles and elimination of many unsightly stretch marks.

In a recent study by Dr. McMahan, et. al., many patients who have urinary stress incontinence will get significant if not complete relief of their symptoms after a tummy tuck; even if it is just a mini-tuck. Unfortunately, insurance companies will not cover the costs for this potential medical benefit.

In addition, it is not unusual to find small hernias when the skin is lifted off of the muscle, which can be repaired at that time as long as your surgeon is experience with hernia repair. Dr. McMahan is a fully trained general surgeon as well as plastic surgeon and is very experienced with hernia repair.

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