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5 Ways a Tummy Tuck Can Improve Your Health

Originally published by Cosmetic Town

The sensation of loose and baggy skin is not one that people enjoy experiencing on a daily basis. The baggy skin can be the result of a major weight loss or the way the skin is on the body following a pregnancy. Thankfully, people who are not happy with the way their abdomen looks following a pregnancy or weight loss can make a change if exercising or a strict diet do not do the trick. One of the main options to take care of the loose skin is a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck not only eliminates the baggy skin suffered by a patient, it also boosts the health of the patient in a variety of ways:

  1. Greater Self-Esteem — One of the ways a tummy tuck can help a patient is by giving them greater self-esteem and a feeling of confidence about their body. In 2012, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons published a study that showed around 85% of patients had improved self-esteem and over 65% of the patients were enjoying an improved quality of life after a tummy tuck. Patients who feel better about the way they look enjoy greater self-esteem and are more confident in their daily activities. According to Dr. Joubin S. Gabbay, "After a tummy tuck, many patients feel more confident about their bodies and feel more comfortable wearing clothing that may be more revealing or form fitting." Dr. Susan M. Gannon added that "after a tummy tuck, patients have an improved self-image. In fact, a lot of my patients tell me that after having a tummy tuck, they go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. They feel more comfortable and confident and look for clothes that are tighter fitting or a bit more revealing."
  2. Active Life Style — One of the aspects of weight loss that is often overlooked is the fact that the excess skin can limit and hinder many movements patients used to be able to perform. The excess skin is heavier around the midsection and slows patients down which limits them from leading an active and healthier lifestyle. It also limits their ability to naturally lose more weight since they don’t have a full range of movement. A tummy tuck allows patients to bend over more as well as move around at a quicker pace thanks to the extra skin being removed. While Dr. Gannon would not recommend a tummy tuck to help solely with back issues, she does feel that "patients can experience decreased lower back pain and better posture after a tummy tuck, especially if they have a large abdominal pannus."
  3. Increase In Motivation — One of the first things many tummy tuck patients report is increased energy and more motivation to lead a healthy lifestyle. Their new appearance makes them want to stay on that path and maintain the results from their tummy tuck by practicing a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Gabbay states that a tummy tuck "increases your ability to exercise by reducing skin and fat bulk from the lower abdomen and diminishing the burden of extra tissue that slows patients down. Also, tightening the abdominal muscles puts them in a better position of function which allows for an increased ability to exercise." According to Dr. Gannon, "Prior to having a tummy tuck, patients are discouraged and insecure when it comes to physical activities and working out. After the tummy tuck, they feel a sense of increased self-esteem which encourages them to work out more and incorporate more physical activities like hiking and swimming into their regular routine."
  4. Less Skin Means Less Infections — Not many people are aware of the fact that loose skin is a big cause of infections. The baggy skin can actually be folds of skin that rub against each other as a person moves which can cause the skin to be irritated and tender as well as an area where sweat and other moisture can become trapped. The folds of skin can also make the area hard to clean and that can lead to infections. Dr. Gabbay says that a tummy tuck "reduces skin infections by removing excess lower abdominal skin that hangs over the pubic area. The skin crease with overlying skin has a tendency to stay moist and becomes a perfect breeding ground for infections." He went on to add that the skin removal also removes the risk of infection.
  5. Decreased Hunger — A large number of tummy tuck patients have reported less of an appetite following the procedure. The muscles, as well as the skin in the abdomen, are tightened and can result in less of an appetite after the tummy tuck. Some researchers also think that the feeling of fullness is related to the removal of some of the fatty tissues that secrete the hormones that cause a person to have more of an appetite. The removal of some of these fatty tissues, while the loose skin is also being removed, can cause a person to feel less hungry on a consistent basis after the tummy tuck is performed.

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