A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can be performed alone or in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as liposuction. During this procedure, the surgeon removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen and tightens weakened abdominal muscles.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that requires a recovery. As such, good candidates must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding the procedure, the recovery and the results. If you are dealing with excess skin and fat on your abdomen, a tummy tuck may be able to benefit you in a number of ways.
Women with weak abdominal muscles coupled with a lot of excess skin can develop a back problem called lordosis or “swayback.” Back pain is often part of the package. Tightening the abdominal muscles during an abdominoplasty increases support in this area and enables the patient to stand straighter. As a result, they suffer less back pain and have improved posture.
Removal of Excess Fat
Fat around the abdomen is called visceral fat because it accumulates around and between organs, like the stomach and liver. Visceral fat produces a number of toxins that affect the organs. Among them are cytokines that can cause inflammation and are linked to some cancers, including those of the pancreas, esophagus and colon. During an abdominoplasty, our surgeon can remove this visceral fat.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight is Easier
Swiss researchers conducted a study in which they found that people who had undergone gastric bypass surgery in order to lose weight were more likely to keep the weight off if they underwent an abdominoplasty procedure. The researchers found that bariatric patients who had gotten tummy tucks gained only one pound per year, while those who did not get tummy tucks gained four pounds. It’s likely that the tummy tucks made the results of the weight loss more visible and, thus, boosted the patients’ motivation.
Increased Ability to Exercise
Weak abdominal muscles coupled with a lot of excess skin and fat can make exercise difficult. Removing such problems can make it easier for the patient to exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, make an appointment at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Folsom to learn more information about a tummy tuck. We are proud to serve clients in the Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for abdominoplasty!