Which Non-Cosmetic Concerns Can Be Treated with a Tummy Tuck?

Have you ever looked at the flat, super-toned abs of celebrities and wondered how you can get the same look to show in time for beach season? A tummy tuck, which is also called abdominoplasty, is what our Vancouver area practice recommends for patients who want to transform their appearance or restore their body shape after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight. Tummy tucks won’t automatically give you chiseled, six-pack abs but they will lay the groundwork by removing resistant skin and fat. While there are many obvious cosmetic benefits to having this procedure, such as improved self-esteem that may lead to a better overall quality of life and being able to wear clothes that did not used to fit well before, there are also some major physical benefits associated with the treatment.

1. Address Diastases Recti

Ventral hernias occur due to weakness of the abdominal wall because of pregnancy, prior surgery, chronic coughing, heavy lifting, obesity, or other causes. By strengthening the core muscles, the surgeon can also reduce the unnecessary stress and pressure that’s placed on them and prevent a ventral hernia from developing.

2. Relief for Back Pain

Lower back pain is another common complaint that can be corrected with a tummy tuck. People who have given birth or experienced major weight loss often suffer from lordosis or sway back. Tightening and strengthening the abdominal muscles helps them to provide better support for your back.

3. Better Posture

Another major advantage of having a tummy tuck is that your posture is likely to improve. Having good posture provides relief for your back and decreases the stress that’s placed on your joints, connective tissue, and ligaments as you age.

4. Improved Stamina and Tolerance for Exercise

One of the negative side effects of losing weight is having loose skin on the stomach. Being overweight for a long time causes skin to become permanently stretched as it loses collagen and elastin. A tummy tuck makes exercise easier and gives patients a renewed sense of confidence.

Explore the cosmetic and medical benefits of having an abdominoplasty from Vancouver area’s Dr. Owen Reid office to restore weakened muscles and remove sagging skin. Give us a call at 604-343-9309 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.