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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

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Posted December 15, 2017 in Tummy Tuck

Woman Doing Yoga On RockIt is no secret that pregnancy and drastic weight fluctuations can lead to loose skin, stubborn fat deposits, and weakened muscles. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is designed to enhance the appearance of the stomach by trimming excess tissue and tightening the muscles. Tummy tuck patients enjoy a slimmer, more sculpted midsection as well as a boost in confidence. Not only does a tummy tuck provide satisfying cosmetic revisions to the abdomen, but it also provides the bonus benefit of improved posture.

Core and Posture

Some individuals do not sit up straight due to habitual slouching or hunching. However, those who have trouble maintaining proper posture after pregnancy or weight fluctuations may have physical factors to blame. Core muscles are responsible for balance and stability, and they include muscles in the back and front of the body. Separation of the abdominal muscles, known as diastasis recti, often develops when the abdomen expands during pregnancy or excessive weight gain. This condition is generally permanent and can cause physical discomfort and back problems. While certain exercises can help alleviate some issues related to a compromised core, tummy tuck surgery is the most reliable solution.

How Tummy Tuck Surgery Helps

Having a relentless belly “pooch” that refuses to respond to diet and exercise is a common problem among those whose bodies have experienced changes to their abdomen. A tummy tuck has a dramatic effect on aesthetic imperfections like loose skin and unwanted fat, but it also strengthens the foundation beneath the surface. During tummy tuck surgery, underlying abdominal muscles are tightened, and any gaps are repaired to restore the integrity of those structures. The result is a firmer, stronger core and a more pleasing exterior.