The cosmetic benefits of tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, are well known. The procedure is a popular choice for weight loss patients who have excess, sagging skin on the abdomen, and women who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies. With tummy tuck, patients can achieve a flatter and toned abdomen. But did you know the benefits of having tummy tuck don’t stop there?
In this blog post, Dr. Carlos Chacon of Divino Plastic Surgery in San Diego explains how tummy tuck can help improve your posture.
The Abdominal Muscles and Poor Posture
Weakened or damaged abdominal muscles can be a result of pregnancy and weight gain, both of which can cause the muscles to separate. When the muscles separate, they may no longer act as the strong wall or foundation needed to support the torso. Instead, the back is left to compensate for the weakened muscles and act as the main support for the torso. This puts added strain on the back, possibly leading to poor posture. In some cases, serious back problems and pain can occur.
How Tummy Tuck Helps Posture
In addition to removing excess skin and fat on the abdomen, tummy tuck can also be used to tighten weak and separated muscles. During the procedure, Dr. Chacon will create a horizontal incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic hairline. He will excise loose skin and remove unwanted fat as needed. Once the skin is lifted, the underlying abdominal muscles will be sutured together for a smoother and tighter abdomen. Repairing the weakened muscles alleviates the strain on the back muscles, which in turn can improve posture.
Are You a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
Ideal candidates for tummy tuck are individuals who:
- Have loose, excess skin and fat on the abdomen
- Have weakened or separated abdominal muscles
- Are in good overall health
- Do not smoke
- Do not plan on becoming pregnant in the future (weight gain can reverse the results of tummy tuck)
- Understand the potential risks and complications of surgery
- Have realistic expectations of surgery
To learn more about tummy tuck, please schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Chacon. Contact Divino Plastic Surgery by calling (858) 633-7546 today.