You might be surprised to hear that the benefits of tummy tuck surgery transcend cosmetic improvements. For instance, several studies have found that it can reduce appetite-inducing hormones, which could help patients sustain their weight loss.
Leading Orange County plastic surgery expert Dr. Tarick Smiley has explained some surprising health benefits of the surgery.
- Sustained weight loss
After massive weight loss, patients are generally left with apron-like skin and fat hanging from their abdomen. Hence, tummy tuck typically involves a hip-to-hip incision to remove this excess soft tissue.
According to a 2013 study, tummy tuck could help sustain weight loss because it removes copious amounts of fat cells from the abdomen. Researchers have concluded that these cells affect appetite and thus after surgery patients might improve their satiety.
Other studies, meanwhile, have pointed out that sustained weight loss is more likely caused by “tangible” cosmetic improvements that may encourage people to keep a healthy weight.
- Relief from skin-related problems
Sagging skin can trap perspiration, which can lead to non-healing rash and tissue breakdown. In fact, it is not uncommon in MWL patients to use powder, cornstarch, and fabric to minimize the risk of rashes and yeast infections in their skin folds.
The trapped perspiration and moisture not only lead to skin irritations, but also to poor hygiene and foul odor.
- Increased physical activities
Some MWL patients have large redundant skin hanging from their abdomen that weighs as much as 40 lbs. Others even have difficulty moving around due to skin lesions and pain.
Removing the large redundant skin can help improve mobility, which of course is the key to sustained weight loss and physical fitness.
- Improved posture
The large apron-like skin and fat may upset a person’s center of gravity, leading to postural problem. Hence, some tummy tuck patients who were previously obese have reported improved posture after surgery.
Tummy tuck also tightens the weak muscle with the use of internal sutures. Consequently, some patients have reported improved posture (and possibly relief from lower back pain) since the stronger abdominal muscle provides better support to the spine.