The Medical Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

iStock_000012936571SmallAs a leading plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, Dr. Nirav Savalia performs tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) on hundreds of men and women each year. While many of these patients seek the body contouring procedure to achieve a sleeker and firmer physique, some choose to undergo the procedure for medical reasons. In this blog post, Dr. Savalia shares some of the medical benefits of tummy tuck surgery.

Reduced Stress Urinary Incontinence

Following vaginal pregnancy, some women develop Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), a common bladder problem that is characterized by an uncontrollable leakage of urine. The leakage can be triggered by coughing, sneezing, exercising or laughing. Research has shown that tummy tuck surgery can help reduce SUI. During tummy tuck, a slight bladder obstruction can be created using soft tissue in the pelvic area to reduce incontinence.

Improved Posture

Following massive weight loss or pregnancy, stomach muscles can become weakened and/or separated, leading to poor posture as well as neck, shoulder and/or back pain. Tummy tuck surgery repairs these weakened muscles while removing excess skin and fat to flatten the abdomen. Following the procedure, many of Dr. Savalia’s patients notice their posture has improved due to the tightened muscles that are now supporting their spine.

Corrects Ventral Hernia

In some cases, tummy tuck surgery can be used to treat a ventral hernia. A ventral hernia can occur when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall, forming a painful sack. Patients who have lost a massive amount of weight or undergone surgeries such as C-sections can experience a ventral hernia. Surgery to correct a ventral hernia is similar to tummy tuck surgery. Both surgeries correct weakened abdominal muscles. In some cases, a surgeon may decide to combine tummy tuck surgery with the hernia repair to strengthen the abdominal wall and prevent future hernias forming.

About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Are you considering tummy tuck surgery? Whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, Dr. Savalia is committed to helping patients like yourself achieve a better quality of life through tummy tuck surgery. He performs two types of tummy tuck surgeries:

A mini tummy tuck removes excess tissue and skin from the belly button down to the waistline. The procedure is best used on patients with a small amount of skin and fat.

A full tummy tuck removes excess tissue and tightens the remaining skin from the chest down to the waistline, for a slimmer and smoother midsection.

In order to find out which procedure is best for you, Dr. Savalia will conduct a thorough physical examination and discuss with you your concerns and goals. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery or the other plastic surgery procedures Dr. Savalia offers, please contact the Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery. Schedule your one-on-one consultation today by calling (949) 759-0980.