A tummy tuck is well-known for its ability to produce a flatter, leaner abdomen, but many individuals are surprised to learn about the procedure’s potential medical benefits. These advantages range from reducing certain pelvic health issues—such as urinary incontinence—to helping correct a ventral hernia, which can be caused by a weakened abdominal wall. One surprising effect of tummy tuck surgery is the ability to potentially improve a patient’s posture by strengthening their abdominal core.
With major weight loss or multiple pregnancies, the underlying abdominal muscles can weaken to the point of affecting one’s spinal alignment. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), weak musculature in the abdomen is sometimes associated with an increased risk of lordosis—a condition in which the lower spine curves excessively inward. By tightening separated or loose abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck may adjunctively increase support for the spine and help to straighten one’s posture. More support for the spine may also have the physiological benefit of alleviating back pain to some extent.
The types of results experienced will vary from patient to patient, but it’s important to discuss what you hope to achieve from abdominoplasty with an experienced plastic surgeon. For some individuals, a tummy tuck may be the first step towards enjoying a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle. If you would like to discuss the procedure with Dr. David Bottger, our board-certified plastic surgeon, please don’t hesitate to contact our Philadelphia-area practice today.