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The Surprising Benefits of a Tummy Tuck (Hint: This One Is for You, Moms)

A tummy tuck at our Albany, NY area, practice can help you realize a flat and toned midsection, but it offers lesser-known medical benefits as well. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a tummy tuck can also address lower back pain and urinary incontinence after pregnancy.

The study’s findings suggest that a tummy tuck with abdominal muscle repair can restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy condition and thus achieve these additional results. Let’s look at some specifics about this study and what the results might mean for you.

Who were the women in this study?

The women in this study had tummy tuck surgery to correct separated abdominal muscles (a condition called diastasis recti), which they had developed after pregnancy. The average age was 42.1 years, a common age to opt for a tummy tuck, because most women wait to have this surgery until they are finished having children. The average age range of children was 5.2 years. More information about the subject demographics can be found in the study.

What is diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is a condition that affects most women who have children. During pregnancy the abdominal muscles are stretched apart, and for many women, the muscles do not naturally return to their original, pre-pregnancy position. During a tummy tuck, we correct this issue by tightening the abdominal muscles using sutures. Tightening these muscles helps to restore core abdominal strength that is lost when the muscles separate during pregnancy.

How can the surgery address lower back pain?

Many women with diastasis recti also develop lower back pain. This happens because abdominal muscles that are out of place can result in poor posture. Over time, the stress of poor posture can change the anatomical characteristics of your back and lead to frequent discomfort. Tightening the abdominal muscles through a tummy tuck procedure helps to support your spine, allowing you to stand up straighter and improve your overall posture. The study suggests that this improved posture helps to reduce back pain. Having good posture has many other benefits, including looking more confident, breathing easier, improving circulation, and protecting your muscles and joints.

How can the surgery address urinary incontinence?

During pregnancy the abdominal muscles around the bladder can stretch and ultimately result in urinary incontinence. If you have this condition, you are not alone. Many women find that daily occurrences like coughing, sneezing, exercising, and laughing can trigger leakage. This can be understandably frustrating and embarrassing, and there is not much you can do to fix this problem on your own.

In the study, nearly 50% of the women reported incontinence prior to their surgery. However, at six months post-surgery, less than 2% reported incontinence, suggesting that tummy tuck with muscle repair can effectively address this condition.

The main goal of a tummy tuck is to restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy form. And the results of this recent study show that a tummy tuck can not only improve how you look, but how your body functions as well.

If you want to learn more about how you can benefit from a tummy tuck, contact us online or give us a call at (518) 438-0505.


10 Responses to The Surprising Benefits of a Tummy Tuck (Hint: This One Is for You, Moms)

  1. Tina says:

    If you have back pain and incontinence would a tummy tuck be covered by insurance at all…these were a result of child birth?!?

    • The Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      Hi Tina,

      Thank you for your question! At this time, most insurance companies do not consider abdominoplasty a medical necessity and do not cover it. However, if you want to give us a call, we can discuss your options with you further: (518) 438-0505.

    • The Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      Hi Jo,

      Thank you for your question! It’s hard to provide an answer without more information. We would be more than happy to discuss your options with you over the phone! Please give us a call at (518) 438-0505 when you’re ready.

  2. Kris Reed says:

    I so wish this was something I could afford as a 44 yr old woman whose had 8 children and 5 miscarriages as well. I do have diastasis recti, a terrible belly button scar from Gall bladder surgery as well.

    • The Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      Hi Kris,

      Thank you for your comment. If you’re interested in learning about finance options, we would be happy to discuss them with you. Please give us a call at (518) 438-0505 when you’re ready. We also offer free consultations to determine candidacy for tummy tuck and other procedures.

    • The Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Thank you for your question. The typical cost range for a tummy tuck is $7,000 to $8,000. The cost varies depending on whether you are having a mini or complete tummy tuck, the complexity of the procedure, and whether it is being combined with other procedures, among other factors. If you would like to, we are happy to discuss any of the details with you. Please give us a call at (518) 438-0505 to talk more about it.

    • The Staff at The Plastic Surgery Group says:

      Hi Kerry,

      Thank you for your comment. That sounds like a typical experience that a lot of moms go through, which is why tummy tuck is a popular option. We do offer financing options that can help most patients afford to pursue their desired improvements. If you would like to discuss it further, we are happy to do so! Give us a call at (518) 438-0505 when you’re ready to talk.

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