Does a Tummy Tuck Have Functional Benefits?

During the colder months of the year, many patients consider undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures. As it takes several months to see the final results from many of these procedures, patients who have them done during the later months of the year will usually be able to enjoy their more sculpted body by the time spring arrives. Furthermore, recovery from these procedures is easier and more comfortable during the colder seasons. We tend to spend more time indoors, there’s less exposure to sunlight and we wear bulkier clothes, making it easier to protect our skin from sun damage and hide any of the side effects while we’re recovering. The primary reason why so many people have a tummy tuck at our Toronto-based practice is so that they can enjoy a slimmer, more balanced body shape.

A tummy tuck is ideal for reshaping and slimming the abdominal area, especially for patients who want to restore a flatter stomach after pregnancy or weight fluctuations, or those who have always been prone to having more stubborn, diet-resistant fat on the stomach because of genetics. However, what many of them may not realize is that in addition to making you look better, this form of plastic surgery can also have other functional and medical benefits. See below for some of the medical and functional benefits of this treatment that you should know about.

  • Reducing Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common concern, especially after pregnancy. A tummy tuck isn’t designed as a treatment for back pain, but it can be helpful. Diastasis recti often occurs due to pregnancy, causing the abdominal muscles to separate. By strengthening the core muscles and removing excess skin from the belly area, a tummy tuck can have the positive side effect of providing relief from back pain.

  • Improving Posture

Bad posture can cause joint pain and other health issues. A tummy tuck can help you stand straight and taller by stabilizing the core muscles. When you’re standing taller, you’ll also look slimmer and more attractive, while also feeling more confident.

For more information about the functional benefits of a tummy tuck, contact our Toronto-based office of Dr. Wayne Carman. Call us at (416) 322-7108 or submit a contact form online to request a consultation if you’d like to learn more about how body contouring surgery can remove excess skin and sculpt your body shape.

Written by Wayne Carman

Dr. Carman is a Toronto Plastic Surgeon practicing breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.