For the vast majority of people, a tummy tuck will be a strictly cosmetic procedure. Loose skin and excess fat on your stomach is removed by a plastic surgeon, and you are left with a flat stomach that looks flat and toned. Over the years, the benefits of the procedure (which is also known as abdominoplasty) have made it increasingly popular.
The surgery’s ability to reduce stretch marks and help women with their post-pregnancy stomachs has made the tummy tuck a standard part of the mommy makeover procedure. But some mothers, who have had more difficult post-pregnancy issues, may find that the tummy tuck is able to provide medical benefits in addition to cosmetic ones.
Medical issues that can be addressed by abdominoplasty surgery include:
- A ventral hernia, where abdominal tissue forces its way through the abdominal wall
- Stress urinary incontinence, where stretched tissue causes bladder leakage
- Sway back, where weakened abdominal muscles can create back pain
After a pregnancy, it will take time for your body to feel normal again, but sometimes this can lead to you putting off a doctor’s exam while you wait for yourself to get better. If you find that your stomach, back, or bladder is still having issues several weeks after your pregnancy and doesn’t seem to be getting better, you should contact a doctor. And if you need a plastic surgeon to perform abdominoplasty in order to correct an issue, you should contact Dr. Roberta Gartside at New Image Plastic Sur.
To schedule a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Gartside in the Washington, D.C. area, contact us by filling out a form on this page or calling 703-742-8004.