New York Tummy Tuck Bonus Benefits
Here’s a pop quiz: Which cosmetic surgery procedure is top of mind for moms seeking a makeover and for weight loss patients?
You’re right! Ok, so you read the title of this article. But we bet you knew the answer anyway: it’s the tummy tuck, called “abdominoplasty” in medical circles.
For those whose skin has been stretched by weight fluctuations or pregnancy, and for some who have a saggy belly courtesy of genetics, there’s no more satisfying form of cosmetic surgery. We perform tummy tucks for New York residents dozens of times each year, and we know firsthand how terrific they feel when they regain a flat, strong stomach.
Abdominoplasty has the potential to deliver so many positive changes. If you’re on the fence about electing surgery deemed “cosmetic,” here are some health benefits you may want to include in your decision-making process.
At the heart of a full tummy tuck is muscle tightening. When abdominal muscles have been damaged and separated through pregnancy or significant weight gain, surgical repair is the only way to pull them back together and tighten them up. After healing, the abdomen is once again ready to hold the tissues and organs of the mid-body in their proper place.
Research appears to indicate that repairing muscles (a process called “plication”) can improve strength, but the findings of all studies are not in 100% agreement. More research is needed. With your muscles taut again and your torso looking slimmer, you can at least hit the gym with confidence!
When your body mass is streamlined and your self-image heightened, it’s likely your posture will improve. So says a group of Italian surgeons in an article published in Hernia, the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery, a few years ago. Studying a group of 46 patients, these doctors found improvements in body position stabilizing at about the one-year post-op mark.
Scars and Stretch Marks
Since we remove redundant skin during New York abdominoplasty procedures, you can expect some or perhaps all stretch marks to be eliminated too. We also pull sagging skin upward—this means if you have a C-section scar it can likely be removed as well.
When you come in to see us for your consultation, we’ll go over all aspects of the procedure we’ll recommend. There are lots of details to consider and many ways to fine tune surgery to meet your exact needs. We’ll make sure you know just what to expect.
Back Pain and Incontinence
We were delighted to read a study by an Australian team of researchers in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of one of the professional societies we belong to, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The team gathered questionnaires from 214 post pregnancy abdominoplasty patients. Analyzing the results, the ASPS surgeons noted a “significant improvement in low back pain and urinary incontinence following abdominoplasty.” They concluded that by restoring pre-pregnancy form, plastic surgeons performing tummy tucks can also return pre-pregnancy function to their patients.
Tummy Tucks in our New York Practice
This evidence of improvement in function, not just form, is one of the reasons we enjoy performing abdominoplasty surgery for New York and New Jersey residents, and for out of town patients too. We trust the research community will continue exploring these topics. We want both men and women to have a complete picture of the benefits they may realize through plastic surgery.
The other reason we look forward to each New York tummy tuck surgery is the happiness our patients experience when their heavy, droopy belly is no more. You don’t have to take our word for it! Last time we checked, the RealSelf community gave the procedure a whopping 95% “worth it” rating.
Ready for a consultation? Call us at 212-570-6080 and let’s meet up!
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