Tummy tucks remain the go-to plastic surgery procedure for men and women who want to tone up their midsection and improve abdominal contours. Weight loss, pregnancy and aging can all impact the body and leave behind loose skin or weakened stomach muscles, which affect the stomach.
While it’s obvious that a tummy tuck can dramatically improve the stomach’s shape and appearance, it may surprise you to learn that abdominoplasty can also have health benefits.
There are a few ways a tummy tuck may actually improve your health.
Better Core Strength
Some tummy tuck candidates have diastasis recti, which indicates that the parallel bands of abdominal muscles have become separated. Pregnancy is often the culprit for this condition, however excessive weight gain and weight lifting can also cause diastasis recti, which results in a stomach paunch. A tummy tuck can repair weakened abdominal muscles for reinforced strength. This eliminates the paunch as well as helping to improve core strength.
Reduction in Back Pain
Many people challenged by loose hanging abdominal skin or weakened muscles may have poor posture as a result. Because the stomach’s not in the greatest of shape, the lower back muscles may work harder to overcompensate, which can lead to back strain or pain. A tummy tuck can address both the cosmetic and anatomical concerns, which will alleviate any additional back stress for an overall improvement in comfort.
Exercise with Greater Ease
You likely already know that a tummy tuck removes excess stomach skin and localized deposits of stomach fat in addition to strengthening the abdominal muscles. All of these improvements translate to a sleeker, stronger midsection, which makes exercising that much easier. Whether you’re doing crunches or cardio, you no longer have added stomach baggage getting in the way of your workout, making exercise after a tummy tuck that much more accessible and enjoyable.