While a tummy tuck can be a great way to achieve a slim, contoured abdominal profile, there are some great medical benefits that come with it as well. This is because a tummy tuck procedure includes steps taken to strengthen the muscles of the abdominal wall, which can become loose and ineffective from things like pregnancy, childbirth, and weight gain. Here are some of the conditions that tummy tucks can help improve.

Urinary Stress Incontinence

This condition is not one often talked about by women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth, but many patients suffer from it. It’s usually indicated by poor bladder control and leakage, especially when movement of the abdomen is included (coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc.). By strengthening the abdominal muscles, it gives the pelvic region greater support and ability to manage the bladder.

Back Pain and Poor Posture

While the spine bears most of the responsibility for upright posture, the abdominal muscles are also important in supporting the torso and upper body. Although it’s a common problem that women experience back pain during pregnancy, many women also report back pain after childbirth because the abdominal muscles have become ineffective at holding up the spine and posture. Correcting the stretched abdominal muscles can sometimes lead to greater quality of life in patients who endure chronic back pain.

Ventral Hernias

Hernias are caused by a strain that causes the intestine or abdominal tissue to be pushed through the abdominal wall. Patients with loosened abdominal walls can be especially susceptible to hernias because it’s far easier for the tissues to push through the muscles. Often, corrective hernia surgeries include abdominoplasty techniques to prevent further hernias, since patients usually experience subsequent ones after the initial hernia.

A tummy tuck can be a great option for patients looking for solutions to the above conditions that can’t easily be corrected through diet and exercise. We also offer drainless techniques to make sure you get back on your feet as soon as possible. If you’re looking for more information or to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Homas or Dr. Brostrom, contact New Image Plastic Surgery at (210) 988-9819.

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