The tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in Orange County, and for good reason. If you’re ready to improve the look of your abdomen, contact us today and learn more about this amazing procedure!
How a Tummy Tuck Works
A standard tummy tuck removes the excess fat and skin that often follows pregnancies or large weight loss. This results in a more toned and defined midsection. But for a smoother and more athletic contour, most patients will also need their abdominal muscles tightened. Take note that the pair of rectus muscles is naturally placed in a side-by-side configuration, but with pregnancy or weight gain, it becomes separated, turning the once slender waistline into a barrel-shaped abdomen.
The Not-So-Well Known Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Obviously, the mechanism of a tummy tuck creates an improved abdominal profile, which gives you a more proportionate physique and lets you fit better into clothes. However, several studies and anecdotal reports, both from patients and surgeons, have shown that the benefits of a tummy tuck are not limited to cosmetic improvements.
Improved Abdominal Tone
Muscle repair is an important component of a tummy tuck. This involves tightening the separated or splayed pair of muscles that runs at the beginning of the pubic bone and ends at the sternum. Typically, this is done with the use of permanent sutures that give additional support to hold the new contour. Incorporating muscle repair with a tummy tuck results in improved core strength, which creates other auspicious effects: better posture, correction of lordosis or swayed back, relief from back pain, and improved body functions.
Increased Satiety for Long-Term Weight Management
A 2013 study published by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has suggested that a tummy tuck may result in increased satiety, which is the key to long-term weight management. The researchers have concluded that the abdominal fats, some of which are removed during surgery, trigger the appetite-inducing hormones. The study involved 20 post-obese women, with 14 of them experienced sustained weight loss (more than one year). The remaining patients also had some degree of weight loss after surgery, although it was regained after a year.
Stronger Motivations to Lead a Healthier Life
Several studies have shown that patients who had a tummy tuck and other body contouring surgeries following massive weight loss were more successful in keeping a healthy weight than their counterparts who skipped such procedures.