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What Are Some Additional Tummy Tuck Benefits?

Previously we went over a number of great reasons to get a tummy tuck, and they focused on the aesthetic, which is why people get tummy tucks, honestly: because they desire a better, younger, tighter looking body. However, there are additional health benefits that can result from a tummy tuck, and you may appreciate them as well as you appreciate your new and improved figure.

Umbilical and Ventral hernia correction - A hernia is “a bulge through an opening of the muscles on the abdomen. The hernia can occur at a past incision site (incisional), above the navel (epigastric), or other weak muscles sites (primarily abdominal).” This happens when abdominal tissue or intestine breaks through the abdominal muscle wall and creates a pocket or sack. It can happen as a result of significant weight loss or a surgery such as a cesarean section or appendectomy which means it’s frequently present in patients who seek tummy tucks for aesthetic reasons. The tightening of abdominal muscles that happens during an abdominoplasty also repairs a hernia.

Back pain relief and better posture - Removing a significant amount of fat around the abdomen can both take pressure off of the spine. The tightening of the abdominal muscles also helps to improve posture which, for people with back problems and back pain, can provide unexpected pain relief. Overall, the tighter core a patient possesses after surgery aids in a number of noticeable ways related to strength and flexibility.

Increased exercise tolerance - Post-surgery, patients who have had a tummy tuck report an increased ability to exercise and often feel freer to pursue their athletic goals because they have leapt over a barrier of self-consciousness about their bodies.

Reduced urinary incontinence - Delivering a baby vaginally can result in Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) which most women experience as uncontrollable leaking when they laugh, cough, sneeze, or exercise. Studies have shown that many women (25-60%) report improvement in this after abdominoplasty which can be a very significant side benefit.

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5 Reasons to Get a Tummy Tuck

People may think that tummy tucks are only for women or only for women who have had children and wish to restore their pre-baby bodies, but in reality people - both women and men - choose to undergo the abdominoplasty procedure for a number of reasons. Here are five great ones we at Bancroft Feldman hear all of the time:

A tummy tuck turns back the clock. This isn’t just true for women. Men in middle age have a tendency to thicken around the middle as well. A flat stomach not only looks fitter, it looks younger too. An abdominoplasty tightens the inner girdle, the muscles of the abdominal wall, and your plastic surgeon can shape your abdomen back into its former sexy shape.

A tummy tuck removes scars and stretch marks. Any kind of surgery done on your abdomen, whether to address a hernia, take out an appendix (or a baby!), or treat a medical condition will leave scars. Very few women manage to get through pregnancy without developing some stretch marks. If you’d rather these reminders of your body trauma were not on your skin forever, a tummy tuck is a very good solution.

A tummy tuck accomplishes what diet and exercise can’t on their own. The media is full of articles about the miraculous benefits of self-discipline, diet, and exercise, but, in reality, some of the damage of aging can’t be starved away or run off even with the most punishing routines. That can only be done through surgery, often a combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty.  

A tummy tuck gets rid of loose skin after weight loss. Whether you’ve lost weight through diet or bariatric surgery, what people don’t tell you is that serious weight gain permanently stretches your skin. A tummy tuck will make it possible to show off your thinner body without any of the loose skin that comes with significant weight loss.

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What Are the Long-term Results of Liposuction?

We are all familiar with weight loss in America - both the successes and the failures. Unfortunately for many people, even the most disciplined, diet and exercise will not get rid of the last layer of stubborn fat that remains. To accomplish that they will need surgery; however, patients who are considering liposuction as a way to fix their figure problems want to know that the procedure will have long-term positive effects.

 

Liposuction is the surgical and permanent removal of fat cells. Your plastic surgeon will make a small incision in the area or areas you’ve chosen to target for body sculpting, insert a thin tube called a cannula, and then vacuum out the fat cells through a flexible pipe. After liposuction, those fat cells are gone and will not return. This means that any weight gain after the surgery will occur much less in those areas, as there are fewer fat cells remaining there to expand with new fat. It doesn’t mean that weight gain anywhere is off the table. To maintain your improved figure, diet and exercise will continue to be important parts of your lifestyle.

 

At Bancroft Feldman we advise our Houston area patients to have realistic expectations of their liposuction procedure. Those fat cells are gone and will not grow back, but if a patient goes on to gains a significant amount of weight after their procedure, new fat cells can form, and new figure problems will emerge.

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What Is a Mommy Makeover?

 

Most people would agree that there is little that is more beautiful than a young mother with her first child. While pregnancy is not always enjoyable or pleasant, the hormonal changes to a woman’s body often give her a “glow” that is lovely to see, and when her child is placed in her arms to look at and to love, it’s a moment in a lifetime. Anyone is lucky to see it.

Those same hormonal changes that help to prepare a woman’s body for childbirth and nourish her baby both inside and outside the womb, alter her in ways women do not understand until they experience it for themselves. Skin and muscle ligaments soften, stretch, and sometimes even tear. Pregnancy is a dramatic and sometimes traumatic process, but nursing a baby is a taxing one too. After all of this, few women look or feel the same.

A “mommy makeover” is a combination of surgical procedures designed to restore a woman’s body as closely as possible to her pre-pregnancy state. The physical changes described above often result in loose skin, abdominal fat build up, and sagging breasts, particularly when a woman has gone through multiple pregnancies. Some women assume that when they’ve birthed and then weaned their last child, they can pull themselves into pre-baby shape with the right healthy food choices, exercise regimen, and body creams, but they do not understand that skin and muscle is not like a rubber band. It stretches, yes, but it doesn’t just bounce back with hard work and good intentions.

The mommy makeover involves both an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck (with potential liposuction to remove any stubborn abdominal fat) and a breast lift. The abdominoplasty procedure removes any sagging skin, stretch marks, and bulging and restores the tummy to its previous flat condition. Breasts lifts are used to tighten lax breast ligaments and help the breasts regain their previous “perky” look. Breast augmentation can also be done at the same time to add fullness.

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Why Have a Tummy Tuck after You've Lost the Weight?

Americans are all about weight loss, and the process of losing a significant amount of weight truly is a triumph of discipline and determination. Unfortunately, many people find that after they have met their weight loss goals, particularly when that means 100 or more pounds lost, they have a new problem: loose skin.  This is because the body’s skin stretches all over as a person gains weight in the arms, abdomen, breasts, face, and legs, but its normal elasticity is not enough to spring itself back into its former tautness.

 

Obesity is a national problem, but it’s also a highly personal one for millions of Americans. It’s highly discouraging for men and women who have worked and sacrificed to recover their former health and bodies to realize that there is no magic reset button when the weight is all gone. Muscle and skin damage has occurred, and even with a lot of additional effort in diet and exercise, they will never have the trim bodies that “skinny” people take for granted.

 

Fortunately, there are solutions for this including abdominoplasty or, as it’s more commonly known, the tummy tuck. Plastic surgeons can remove the additional skin and restore the patient’s figure to its original form. What’s more, research has shown that tummy tucks or other body contouring procedures actually aid the patient in keeping additional weight off. Compared with people who have lost weight but not had surgery, abdominoplasty patients gain a quarter of the same weight back annually. The psychological benefits of maintaining a desired figure and not reverting back to the body they worked so hard to leave behind cannot be overstated.

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What Is the Difference between a Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

Many people who are not satisfied with the appearance of their abdominal area wonder about the options they have for improving or revitalizing their bodies. Here we will explore the differences between some of the more common plastic surgery procedures: liposuction and the abdominoplasty or, as it’s more colloquially known, the “tummy tuck.”

 

But, first, what do these procedures have in common? They are both used to remove abdominal fat and return the body to a more youthful looking state. Often as people age and experience life events like childbirth, their bodies change as well, and the abdominal area often takes the brunt. While many of our patients are active people who exercise regularly and moderate their eating patterns, some types of wear and tear can’t really be erased with simple diet and exercise modification. And while once clothing may have covered up many smaller figure issues, the fashions of today are more designed to showcase rather than hide.

The plastic surgeons at Bancroft Feldman are adept at turning back the clock in cases like these. Let’s break down the options.

 

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