Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that offers both medical and aesthetic benefits. During the procedure, a plastic surgeon shapes, tightens, and flattens the abdomen. Here are some of the benefits of having a tummy tuck procedure with Somerset Plastic Surgery:

Medical Benefits of Tummy Tucks

The majority of tummy tuck surgeries are performed on women looking to tighten their midsections after pregnancy or significant weight loss. Men are also candidates for tummy tucks to aid in the removal of excess skin or fat. In some cases, a tummy tuck may be recommended for medical reasons.

Correct Ventral or Abdominal Hernias

Ventral or abdominal hernias form when intestinal or abdominal tissue pushes through a weakness or gap in the abdominal wall, creating a bulge. They may develop as a result of weight fluctuations, cesarean sections, injuries, or stress. Somerset’s plastic surgeons can tighten weak abdominal muscles with a tummy tuck procedure, helping to treat ventral and abdominal hernias.

Reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence

When too much pressure is applied to your bladder and urethra, stress urinary incontinence (SUI) may occur. The main SUI symptom is uncontrollable leakage during a forceful body action, such as sneezing, coughing, jumping, or laughing. This condition is seen more in women, but SUI can also affect men. Tummy tucks may be beneficial in treating this condition as they strengthen the muscles and soft tissues that support the pelvic floor, bladder, and urethra.

Decrease Back Pain and Improve Posture

Tummy tucks tighten weakened muscles to provide additional abdominal support. During a tummy tuck, our surgeons simultaneously remove excess fat and skin, improving the core muscles and reducing the strain on the back muscles. A byproduct of this additional spine support and pressure relief is improved posture.

Repair Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles separate and create a bulge in the middle of the abdomen. It’s typically seen in women during pregnancy as the baby grows and the abdominal wall is weakened. This condition is more likely to develop after multiple pregnancies. It can also cause other medical problems such as constipation, hernias, and back pain. Our plastic surgeons are able to repair this condition through a tummy tuck, along with additional reconstructive procedures, if necessary.

Aesthetic Benefits of Tummy Tucks

Tummy tucks flatten and shape the abdomen and waist and produce natural-looking results. The best candidates for this surgery are at a stable weight with pockets of fat or loose skin that isn’t responding well to diet and exercise. These stubborn pockets may be the last issue to address in someone’s weight loss journey. Physical and aesthetic goals can be achieved through a personalized tummy tuck plan with a plastic surgeon at Somerset Plastic Surgery.

Increase Muscle Tone

After a tummy tuck, your abdominal muscles should be tighter. For many of our patients, this makes exercising more manageable. Your range of motion will likely be increased, allowing you to expand on your exercise routines more comfortably. With this improvement, patients may remain more motivated to maintain healthy habits. This aids in the prevention of further weight gain that could reverse the procedure’s results.

Improve Self-Image

Somerset Plastic Surgery believes every person deserves to look and feel their best. Our team designs treatment plans that are tailored to an individual’s functional and physical preferences. Loose skin and extra fat around the abdomen are removed during a tummy tuck, contouring and shaping an area of the body that may have caused insecurities in the past. After the procedure, some patients notice a boost in confidence as they are able to fit into their favorite clothing and move more comfortably.

Address Stretch Marks and Scars

Stretch marks often develop during pregnancy or with weight gain. Scars are also a result of cesarean sections or other abdominal surgeries. Our surgeons can address stretch marks and scars during a tummy tuck. They do this by removing the visible scar tissues while leaving a smaller, less noticeable scar.

What To Expect From a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck procedure takes about two to five hours to complete and is typically administered under general or local anesthesia. Plan for a recovery time between two weeks and a few months. Most patients are back to their normal activities within three months. With healthy habits and regular exercise, results remain stable. A small scar will be present between the hips, but it will be low enough for a bikini to conceal it.

Meet with a Plastic Surgeon

Tummy tuck procedures offer advantages for patients who want to address their physical appearance and specific medical needs with one treatment. Our plastic surgeons perform the procedure for patients wanting to flatten their abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles. Surgical outcomes from Somerset Plastic Surgery are natural-looking, long-lasting, and effective. Contact us today to learn about our services and schedule a consultation with a surgeon.