A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is used to make the patient’s midriff slim, fit and firm. Most patients who approach their surgeon on the possibility of undergoing the procedure are recently pregnant mothers and individuals who have gained a lot of weight.
Tummy tucks are carried out by qualified specialists and can be categorized differently as regards the complexity of the operation, from simple or mini tummy tucks to complex or complete tummy tucks.
Both are the same in terms of procedure, the only difference is the scale at which they are undertaken. The mini tummy tuck does not require a lot of major incisions and little to no fat is removed whereas the complete tummy tucks involve liposuction on a major scale in addition to extreme tightening of the abdominal muscles and fascia.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
The tummy tuck is scientifically referred to in the medical world as an abdominoplasty. It is usually carried out for cosmetic purposes but may be necessary in cases of extremely overweight individuals who cannot lose weight through physical activity or dieting. In such cases, you may need a helping hand to start their journey towards a healthy and fit body.
According to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) estimates, an abdominoplasty costs around 8,500 dollars depending on the extent of the procedure. In Australia, an abdominoplasty is covered by Medicare once they evaluate all the extenuating circumstances and whether or not it is necessary.
The Benefits of Abdominoplasty
The Code of Conduct of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons seeks to enforce a certain minimum standard amongst all practitioners in Australia and New Zealand for your benefit.
Some of the benefits include the following:
a) A Fit New You
By its very essence, an abdominoplasty aims to reduce body fat and restore musculature to a healthy and functioning state. The reduced abdominal fat greatly bolsters self-esteem and confidence in patients. The importance of abdominoplasty is that it restores abdominal muscle and fascia strength which greatly helps with posture.
The risk of having weak abdominal muscles is a condition that is common in the modern world as a result of the sedentary lifestyle most lead; it is known as sway back or lordosis. This improved posture after surgery has a knock on effect on the spine by easing back pain.
b) Elimination of Stress Urinary Continence (SUC)
This urinary complication is common among women who give birth via vaginal delivery and perhaps in the aged. Stress Urinary Continence is a condition that renders the individual unable to fully control their bladders leading to small yet uncomfortable and perhaps slightly embarrassing leakages during laughter, coughing, sneezing and some physical activities.
It is usually a mild condition that resolves itself without the need for medical attention or something as drastic as abdominoplasty. However, if the aforementioned is not the case, abdominoplasty has been found to restore your bladder control. The surgeon achieves this by creating a small and completely healthy obstruction on your bladder which helps you to have better control.
c) The Tummy Tuck is a Cancer Patient’s Best Friend
Many cancer patients and survivors will relate to you how much chemotherapy results in unwanted weight gain possible loose and flabby skin. Lucky for them, an abdominoplasty gets rid of all the unnecessary skin and fat while tightening the fascia.