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If age and weight loss have left you with stretched, hanging, and flabby skin, or pregnancy has resulted in stretched or separated abdominal muscles, tummy tuck surgery can restore a svelte and trim midsection.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed by tightening the abdominal skin and muscles and removing stubborn fat pockets. This plastic surgery procedure offers physical and aesthetic improvement.
What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
1. Removes Excess Skin
Sagging, hanging skin results in skin rashes and chafing, which can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Eliminating excess skin with tummy tuck surgery reduces these types of skin irritations.
2. Repairs Diastasis Recti
During pregnancy, your growing baby puts significant pressure on your abdominal muscles. This pressure can cause the two sides of your ab muscles to separate—creating a condition known as diastasis recti.
Tummy tuck surgery is the only way to repair separated abdominal muscles.
3. Corrects Ventral Hernias
A ventral hernia is a pocket of abdominal tissue that breaks through the ab wall. This is possible after pregnancy (especially in women who have had C-sections) or after significant weight loss.
The surgery to repair a ventral hernia is not much different than a tummy tuck, and a tummy tuck will repair a ventral hernia. If you have a hernia that needs correction, it is smart to take advantage of the added tummy tuck benefits.
4. Improves Posture
Tightening a lax abdomen not only gives you the confidence to stand taller, but it also makes it easier for you to do so. Tummy tuck surgery strengthens the core by repairing the muscles, and this allows your posture to improve.
Improved posture is also known to reduce back pain.
5. Reduces Stress Urinary Incontinence
Some women develop bladder control problems after having children, and occasionally, it is due to the weakened abdominal muscles. Since tummy tuck surgery tightens these muscles, it can relieve pressure and act as a treatment for stress urinary incontinence.
6. Increases Ease of Exercise
Having excess skin or weakened abdominal muscles can get in the way of exercise, and as we all know, exercise is essential for a healthy body and life. When you eliminate what is getting in the way of your activity, you may find that you are more comfortable and more willing to work out.
7. Offers a Wider Availability of Clothing
When you have hanging skin or a protruding stomach, you may feel obligated to hide these features under layers of clothes or feel self-conscious when you are at the beach. Tightening the abdomen allows you to move past these fears and embrace all styles of clothing.
Why Is Winter the Best Time for a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery cuts through skin, muscle, and fat on the abdomen.
Since the core muscles (abdominal muscles) are the epicenter for all of your movements, injury to the core is an injury to your entire body. Therefore, you will need an adequate amount of time to recover.
Most tummy tuck patients experience a downtime of one to two months. While you can return to work and your day-to-day activities far sooner than that (within one to two weeks), you cannot exercise or overexert yourself for at least six weeks.
Since spring and summer are the months that most people typically want to go out and be active—especially with the sunny Florida beaches just a step away—they are not ideal seasons to be cooped up at home.
Choosing tummy tuck surgery in winter allows you to have plenty of time to rest in the colder months. Also, it is a lot easier to hide incision bandages and swelling under sweaters and jackets than it is with shorts and bathing suits.
Are You Interested in Tummy Tuck Surgery in Panama City, FL?
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery or to set up your consultation before the end of winter, contact Dr. Raymond Mockler at Panama City Plastic Surgery by calling (850) 769-7270 or by filling out our online contact form.