More than just aesthetic? Why a tummy tuck can have health benefits you’re not aware of

tummy tuck benefits

It’s no surprise that the tummy tuck remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK as a new study has just revealed that its benefits for women extend far the tummy tuck.

In 2016, the cosmetic surgery industry saw a slight dip in the UK, as reported by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), yet the tummy tuck was one of the few procedures for women that held strong with a 1% increase on the previous year.

Yo-yo dieting, rapid weight gain and loss and pregnancy can all take their toll on the ability of the stomach muscles and skin to bounce back. Eventually, their natural elasticity will wane, and both the muscles and skin will sag. Diet and exercise can help to a point, but for some, surgery is often the only feasible operation.

What does a tummy tuck entail?

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens the muscles and removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen so that it appears flat and toned. It has been growing in popularity over recent years and has received a lot of interest due to the marketing of so-called ‘mummy makeovers’, designed to help women look better and feel more confident following childbirth.

 

Mr Paul Tulley will make an incision from hip to hip, low on the abdomen and access the muscle wall that extends up the abdomen. During pregnancy, these muscles separate to accommodate the growing baby and often they do not return to their normal position and women find it impossible to tone their abdomen up post pregnancy. After the stomach muscles have been tightened up, any excess skin can be removed and the belly button moved to a natural position on the reshaped abdomen.

A tummy tuck is a significant operation and full recovery can take a couple of months, but patients are typically highly satisfied with their results and receive a huge boost to their self-confidence.

There may be even more benefits to the tummy tuck

A recent study of over 200 women in Australia has found that as well as improving the visual appearance of the women’s abdominal area, it also brings a number of medical benefits as well. The study looked at women who had opted for a tummy tuck, combined with stomach muscle repair.

Interestingly, as well as reporting improvements in how patients regarded the look and feel of their tummy, they also reported less back pain following the surgery. Not only that, women have suggested that improved posture, greater abdominal tone/contouring and reduced ‘stress urinary incontinence’ – bladder weakness caused by strained muscles – have all been welcome side effects of going under the knife for this procedure.

To arrange a tummy tuck consultation at the Clarence Clinic in central London, call us on 020 7183 1559.