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Unsure About Abdominoplasty? Learn the Top 10 Positives of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Posted October 17, 2022 in Tummy Tuck

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The decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure or not can be difficult. This procedure will alter your appearance and can change your life, in many ways. 

Woman holding a tape measure around her waist in bedroom

That being said, one of the most transformational and effective cosmetic surgeries available to men and women is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), which addresses excess fat, muscle looseness, and skin laxity in the midsection. 

In 2020, nearly 100,000 abdominoplasty procedures were performed, and when you see the results, there’s no wonder why this is such a popular surgery. 

However, many potential patients find it difficult to decide whether or not they should have an abdominoplasty. To help you decide if a tummy tuck is right, below are 10 ways that this procedure can benefit you.

How Is Abdominoplasty Performed?

During tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Careaga or Dr. Durand will make an incision just above your pubic area. The length of this incision depends on the type of surgery you are undergoing: a mini tummy tuck surgery requires a shorter incision than a full tummy tuck, and a panniculectomy (or full body lift) requires a more extensive incision than the other two options. 

For a full tummy tuck, the incision usually stretches from hip to hip. Liposuction surgery may be used to remove any pockets of stubborn fat in the abdominal area. Then, your plastic surgeon will tighten your abdominal muscles and trim away any sagging skin you may have in the area. Lastly, your remaining skin will be pulled tight, and your incisions will be closed to allow you to achieve a more toned body aesthetic.

What Are the Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

1. Reduction of Excess Skin 

One of the most common frustrations that causes many men and women to have an abdominoplasty procedure is sagging skin in the midsection. Whether from age, lifestyle, or life events (like pregnancy or weight loss), many people suffer from loose and sagging skin around their waist. 

This can cause them to feel self-conscious about their entire appearance. However, during your tummy tuck surgery, this excess skin will be removed to give you a sleeker, more trimmed appearance.

2. Slimming Your Midsection

Infographic showing the results of a tummy tuck.

Both women and men struggle with excess fat in the lower abdomen. This lower belly fat can be due to many reasons, including genetics, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or age. Whether you are trying to get rid of a “belly pooch” or a “beer belly,” body contouring plastic surgeries like tummy tuck (often with the assistance of liposuction) can help sculpt a slimmer midsection. 

3. Correction of Diastasis Recti 

Diastasis recti is the medical term for the separation of abdominal muscles. This is most common in women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth (though it can occur in older, obese men as well). When this happens, the abdomen and belly tend to bulge outward because the muscles are no longer tight. 

One of the many benefits of tummy tuck surgery is that your abdominal muscles will be tightened with the use of internal sutures, which will help rectify diastasis recti.

4. Stronger-Looking Core 

Because the abdominal muscles and abdominal skin are tightened, you will have a much more athletic and healthy core appearance. No longer will you find yourself afraid to show your belly, whether in a bathing suit or with other clothing. 

5. Correction of Umbilical Hernias 

Hernias occur when any internal organ pushes against the muscles or tissue that enclose it, and one of the most common types of hernias is an umbilical hernia. With this specific hernia, the intestine pushes on the abdominal wall, causing the muscle to bulge. 

This type of hernia does not always cause pain, though it often can. Regardless of whether you feel pain or discomfort, it is important to correct hernias. 

During your tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon can move the intestine back in place and keep it contained by tightening the abdominal muscle and adding mesh to help stabilize the area.

6. Better Posture 

By now, you probably have heard about the importance of your core muscles. Strong core muscles help to stabilize your entire body, which, in turn, can help you have a better and stronger posture. 

After your procedure, you can find yourself slouching less because of your core strength.

8. Relief From Stress Urinary Incontinence 

Stress urinary incontinence is when urine can leak from your bladder when you make specific physical movements and actions, such as laughing, coughing, or sneezing. This often happens because the muscles in the core and around the pelvic floor are weak. 

During tummy tuck surgery, these muscles are tightened (causing them to become stronger) so that you will have less chance of incontinence issues.

9. Improved Confidence

Whether you want to be more toned when hitting the beaches or nightlife, or you want to look slimmer for personal or professional reasons, undergoing a body contouring treatment can have many psychological benefits. Many patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery report feeling more confident in their bodies and in how they present themselves after having surgery.  

Abdominoplasty helps to tighten the core and remove excess skin and fat to help you look the way you want, which, in turn, improves your sense of confidence and comfort. 

Have More Questions About Abdominoplasty in Miami?

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery or any of the other procedures offered by Careaga Plastic Surgery in Miami, Florida, call us at (305) 574-9262 or fill out our online contact form.

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