Due to the looming weight problem and the growing popularity of bariatric (weight loss) surgery, it is not surprising that there has been an uptick in the number of patients seeking a tummy tuck in Chicago. Our surgeon at aFresh® Med Spa & Plastic Surgery often performs this on massive weight loss patients, along with women with excess abdominal skin and fat caused by their previous pregnancies.
Despite the popularity of a tummy tuck, not many people are aware that it gives not just cosmetic benefits, but also improves body functions and quality of life. In fact, several studies have demonstrated that this should be an integral part of a weight loss journey since the new appearance may serve as a strong motivation for patients to keep a healthy weight.
Improved Core Strength
The pair of abdominal muscles starts from the sternum and ends above the pubic bone and is naturally placed in a side-by-side configuration. However, pregnancy and large weight fluctuations cause these muscles to become separated, which results in a thicker waistline or sometimes even lower back pain and discomfort while doing a core strengthening exercise.
A tummy tuck typically incorporates muscle repair. This critical component of the surgery renders several auspicious effects: improved posture, relief from back pain, and better exercise experience. The benefit of incorporating muscle repair during the procedure is not really surprising. After all, we use our core in pretty much everything we do, from lifting things, standing, walking, sitting up, to breathing.
Relief from Physical Discomfort
A good number of tummy tucks in Chicago are performed on weight loss patients whose abdominal skin (medically referred to as pannus) causes non-healing skin irritation, skin dehiscence (breakdown), and foul odor due to trapped sweat and moisture. The surgical removal of pannus provides many benefits. Fortunately, this procedure removes the pannus.
A Tummy Tuck Can Jumpstart a Healthier Lifestyle
Several studies have shown that major weight loss patients who had a tummy tuck were more successful in keeping a healthy weight than individuals who skipped this body contouring surgery.