The Tummy Tuck's 4 Surprising Medical Benefits
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgery particularly beneficial to people who have recently lost significant amounts of weight, women who have just given birth, or people who are getting older. What occurs in these instances is the musculature of the abdominal region becomes weak and saggy, and thus loses structural function and integrity.
While a tummy tuck certainly improves the appearance of the midsection by removing excess skin and tissue to create a flatter, tighter stomach, the process also addresses the more functional issues associated with a weak and stretched stomach.
As you consider abdominoplasty in Sydney, New South Wales, use this information to better understand how the procedure will both medically and cosmetically benefit you.
The Role of Our Abdominal Region
The functional center of our body, our abdomen serves to support our backs, maintain the position of our abdominal organs, and help us breathe. When the structure of our abdomen begins to fail, so too does its' function.
Life events such as pregnancy, old age, and recovering from obesity compromise the abdominal structure, and as such compromise its' functionality.
A weak abdominal region can result in numerous health issues including bad posture, back pain, stress urinary incontinence, and ventral hernias.
Medical Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
During a tummy tuck, the muscles of the abdomen are realigned, repositioned, and reinforced. This helps address the health issues associated with a weak stomach in various ways.
Resolve Bad Posture
The muscles of the abdomen are essential to maintaining an erect spine – as such, when they are weak, the spine begins to bend, and your posture droops.
After a tummy tuck, the abdomen musculature is tightened and reinforced, which improves their strength.
This enables your abdominal muscles to provide the structural support necessary to hold your spine straight, thus when you are either sitting or standing, to keep your chest and chin up, retract your shoulders and carry yourself with poise and authority. Furthermore, improved posture minimizes potential injury to the neck, shoulders, or back.
Decrease Back Pain
It is estimated that up to 90% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives – a fact that contributes to back pain being one of the significant causes of disability and lifestyle restrictions in Sydney.
Weak abdominal muscles contribute significantly to back pain, causing spasms and muscular imbalances.
The tummy tuck pulls the abdominal muscles closer together, and thus allows them to better function as a whole unit and provide the necessary support to the back.
Prevent and Fix Ventral Hernias
A ventral hernia is a medical term for when the intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall and creates a bump. Though this can occur for many reasons, a weak abdominal wall is frequently involved in the eventuation of a ventral hernia.
With abdominoplasty, abdominal muscles, that might have been weakened by pregnancy, surgeries such as C-sections or an appendectomy, are given back their natural structure and integrity.
Once this is achieved, the hernia is pushed back into place, and hernias become far less likely in the future.
Reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) occurs when there is abnormal pressure exerted on the bladder or urethra, which leads to a loss of voluntary bladder control. Body actions that increase the internal pressure of the abdominals, such as laughing, lifting, coughing, or sneezing, result in the uncontrolled release of urine.
SUI occurs when the abdominal organs are not appropriately supported due to weak musculature. The reshaping and restructuring function of a tummy tuck procedure puts all the organs back in their respective places, and by doing so reduces the pressure exerted on the bladder and urethra.
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