Pregnancy, significant weight loss, bariatric surgery, stress, and age can all cause our stomach to lose the once slim, toned shape it had in our teens and twenties. Unfortunately, while routine visits to the gym can do wonders to shed some extra pounds, it can’t do much for loose skin that has stopped developing important proteins like collagen and elastin. Without these proteins, the skin cannot bounce back as it used to, and our core muscles refuse to repair.
While a tummy tuck procedure is popular for its ability to flatten the belly, narrow the waist, and remove excess skin, some medical benefits may surprise some people. At Waltzman Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Josh Waltzman has performed tummy tucks for various reasons. Read on to discover how a tummy tuck can positively affect your health.
A tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic choice among women who have just experienced a pregnancy and want to remove excess stretched skin that’s not responding to diet and exercise. It’s also the choice for men and women who have recently undergone bariatric surgery or lost a significant amount of weight and are left with excess skin.
Medically referred to as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can remove excess skin from the abdomen. Dr. Waltzman can also tighten the abdominal muscles and create a more toned, defined stomach. A tummy tuck will certainly do the trick if you are searching for something to help put the finishing touches on your figure.
Yes, there are many positive cosmetic results of a tummy tuck, but the health benefits arguably outweigh them. Here are a few examples of how a tummy tuck can help you.
Pregnancy affects the whole body, but the stomach takes the most hits. As the baby grows inside the mother’s belly, the abdominal muscles can separate to accommodate the growth. This is medically referred to as diastasis recti, and for some women, it corrects itself after having the baby, but for some women, it doesn’t. During a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Waltzman can close the space and reconnect the muscles, strengthening the core and providing much-needed relief.
Excess skin can be unwanted for a many reasons, but it can also lead to various skin irritations and infections. If you have a significant amount of excess skin that hangs over your abdomen, moisture and bacteria can get caught in the creases and create uncomfortable skin infections. Losing this excess skin can help lower your risk of developing skin conditions, irritations, and infections, and improve your overall hygiene.
Trying to work out with excess skin can be a difficult task. When that excess skin is removed, it frees up your ability to exercise with more mobility. Running, jumping, stretching, dancing, and cycling become increasingly easier without the unnecessary skin around your middle and lower abdomen.
Dr. Josh Waltzman achieves remarkable results by tailoring each tummy tuck procedure according to the needs of each patient. The planning process will begin at your consultation where you’ll meet with Dr. Waltzman to discuss your options. Your tummy tuck is a chance to reach goals that may have felt impossible.