March 10, 2018

Surprising Benefit of Tummy Tuck

A neat, trim waist and a flat belly looks gorgeous but a bulging, pendulous belly can lessen the charm of the most alluring woman and it has its own health hazards as well.  Do read Woes of having a big belly.  A protruding midriff is the result of flabby, soft abdominal muscles. Lack of exercise, being overweight or obese and child bearing – all take their toll on the woman’s belly. Childbirth generally sees a weakening of abdominal muscles and the start of a protruding belly. To get a flatter tummy after years of neglect will certainly take time and lots of effort on your part.  A controlled diet, an exercise regimen consisting of specific yoga poses and most important of all your determination is required to regain your slender, flat and trim belly. Do read the posts I wanna reduce my waist and thighs, Please help!,   Have Craving for a flat tummy? Check these top treatments for a tighter core, Slim Down and Stay in Shape with Yoga & Smart Eating for weight loss.

woman with flabby belly
A bulging belly can lessen the charm of a woman.

But if yoga regimens, diet  control etc, don’t seem to work for you  or you want quicker results in a short period of time and can spend quite a bit on cosmetic  surgeries and the like you can opt for abdominoplasty or the “tummy tuck”, as it is popularly called as.  Tummy tuck surgery (1) flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall. However, a tummy tuck is for men and women who are in good health only and for women who are done with having children; women who are planning to get pregnant should not go for this. Also a tummy tuck is not an alternative or a substitute for weight loss; it should be the last resort after you’ve tried everything else. Do read 5 Reasons Why You’d Want A Tummy Tuck

A recent study (2) has however found out a surprising side-effect or a benefit of tummy tuck.  Having a tummy tuck can improve back pain and incontinence following childbirth, says the study.


Tummy tucks incorporate repairing the separation of the rectus diastasis - which explain why some women look pregnant weeks after giving birth.

It is believed that fixing this restores strength and stability in the abdominal and pelvic regions of the body.

A stronger abdomen is a known fix for back pain, while boosting pelvic muscles can help incontinence, studies show.

Dr Alastair Taylor, was the lead author of the study, published in the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He said: 'By reducing the problems of back pain and incontinence, abdominoplasty with rectus repair leads to a better life for women after childbearing.'

Dr Rod Rohrich, editor-in-chief of the journal, which is the official publication of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, welcomed the findings.

He said: 'The results demonstrate that tummy tucks do have functional benefits, as well as cosmetic ones, particularly in the postpartum population'

'If you are done having children, and still suffering from back pain or incontinence, you may consider an abdominoplasty as a surgical solution.'

woman with flat, trim stomach
A flat belly and a neat trim waist looks gorgeous.
But what I personally feel is that since tummy tuck is not a procedure addressed for back pain or incontinence specifically, it should not be a primary reason for getting a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty done.  If anything, this cosmetic makeover is just to remove stubborn abdominal flab.  And if does improve your back & urinary incontinence problems, then it should be considered a plus, unless of course, your surgeon advises you otherwise!

(Contributed by Dhanya)

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