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4 Medical Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks can help enhance your overall body contour as well as help to increase your confidence. With more confidence, patients can experience a better quality of life and an enhanced figure. But did you know there are medical benefits that a tummy tuck can provide as well?

At MacDonald Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jeannie MacDonald can help you determine if a tummy tuck procedure will suit your individual needs.

1. Better Posture and Improved Abdominal Tone

Tightening and improving the tone of abdominal muscles is one of the benefits of a tummy tuck. With tighter abdominal muscles, most patients see a significant improvement in their posture. A tummy tuck can help relieve some forms of back pain caused by weakened muscles, and with better posture, patients have a lower chance of developing other posture-related back problems.

2. Weight Loss Maintenance

Research shows that patients who have experienced significant weight loss tend to keep off more weight when they also have a tummy tuck, especially bariatric patients who have had gastric bypass or similar surgeries. Patients who have tummy tucks tend to have an increased capability of performing exercises and other physical activities. A renewed sense of confidence can also make physical activities like exercise more enjoyable.

3. Hernia Correction & Prevention

When an organ pushes through the muscles that keep it in place, a hernia occurs. One specific type of hernia is a ventral hernia, which occurs when a weakened or injured abdominal wall allows intestine or abdominal tissue to protrude through, causing pain and discomfort.

Patients most at risk for developing a ventral hernia are those who:

  • ​​​​​​​Have lost a significant amount of weight within a short timespan
  • Have experienced an appendectomy
  • Have undergone a C-section

Once a hernia occurs, it’s much more likely a patient will experience another one. As tummy tucks tighten and strengthen abdominal muscles, some surgeons suggest a tummy tuck in addition to correcting the hernia to reduce the chances of repetition.

4. Reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence

Whether at work, home, or an event, no one wants to worry about an uncontrollable bladder. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a bladder condition that happens when you experience too much pressure on the bladder and urethra. This condition can cause significant negative impacts, including uncontrollable bladder leakage, especially when sneezing, coughing, or laughing. While SUI mainly affects women, men can also experience SUI. Tummy tucks can help significantly reduce the symptoms of SUI.

Are You a Candidate for a Vancouver Tummy Tuck?

Candidates for tummy tuck surgery are men and women in good health with realistic expectations. Dr. MacDonald suggests that the best candidates for tummy tucks should:

  • Be living a healthy lifestyle
  • Be non-smokers
  • Be bothered by the appearance of their abdomen
  • Understand the risks of the surgery

Choosing Dr. Jeannie MacDonald as Your Tummy Tuck Provider

Dr. Jeannie MacDonald understands beauty from the inside out. Dr. MacDonald’s unique artistic skills allow her to develop distinct treatment plans to uncover your new, natural-looking contours, making her one of the best tummy tuck surgeons in Vancouver. Contact us today to learn more!