Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a plastic surgery procedure that eliminates loose skin and fat and tightens muscles in the abdomen. The goal of a tummy tuck is to provide a flatter, toned figure. Although this procedure has mostly cosmetic benefits, there are several medical benefits to be gained by the procedure as well.
Reduced Stress Urinary Incontinence
Some women can develop Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) after childbirth. SUI is a bladder control condition, associated with unavoidable leakage after coughing, exercising, sneezing, or
laughing. SUI is generally treated without surgery. However, several studies have shown that a tummy tuck can aid in improving SUI. During the procedure, a slight bladder blocker is created using tissue near the pelvic area, which reduces incontinence.
Improved Tone and Posture
After weight loss or pregnancy, abdominal muscles may become bloated or distended. During a tummy tuck in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Bohley will surgically tighten weak abdominal muscles while eliminating excess skin and fat. This can have a significant improvement in your posture and reduce certain types of back pain.
The Risks and Benefits
With its growing popularity in Vancouver, Washington, many patients forget how extensive a tummy tuck procedure is. An abdominoplasty generally removes up to 10 pounds of unwanted skin and fat. Full recovery from the procedure may take several weeks, and as with any surgical procedure, it carries some risk of infection and other complications. However, the medical and cosmetic advantages of a tummy tuck makes the procedure inviting for many patients.