Are There Medical Benefits to Abdominoplasty?

Young caucasian woman with slim body shape is indoors at daytime.Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as tummy tuck surgery, is a cosmetic procedure. It is designed to remove excess skin from the midsection of the body.

Often combined with liposuction, abdominoplasty can help to improve contours and highlight the natural definition of your hips, waist, and belly. In the process, it can eliminate stretch marks, improving the appearance of the skin as well.

Tummy tuck surgery can enhance clothing options and may improve range of motion. For some, this increases both the desire and the ability to engage in more challenging and demanding exercises and activities.

When abdominoplasty is used as a springboard for healthier living and enhanced physical activity, it can certainly come with health benefits. However, these are reliant on individual patient desires and effort. They are not an automatic result of the procedure itself.

Abdominoplasty and Diastasis Recti

Separated abdominal muscles are common following multiple pregnancies or excessive weight fluctuations. When left untreated, this can result in complications, including:

  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Chronic Lower back Pain
  • Bowl and Bladder Issues
  • Painful Intercourse

During a full abdominoplasty, separated rectus abdominis (“six-pack”) muscles are reattached and tightened. Treating diastasis recti in this manner significantly reduces the risk of its complications.

While tummy tuck surgery is not designed to treat health conditions or diseases, it is one of the surest and most effective options for firming separated abdominal muscles.

Realistic Expectations

As with all plastic surgery procedures, it is important to have realistic expectations with tummy tuck surgery. Talking to Dr. Doyle about what you hope to achieve will help ensure you make the best decision for your body.

Dr. Doyle is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. Patient-focused, thoughtful, attentive, and kind, she is here to truly listen to your desires, provide honest information about the benefits and limitations of tummy tuck surgery, and assist you in understanding your options. Please take a moment to view our before and after gallery and patient reviews to learn more about what you can expect when you come to the Centre for Aesthetic + Reconstructive Surgery for your tummy tuck procedure.

Are you ready to learn what abdominoplasty can do for you? Call our East Greenwich office at 401-336-3770 today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Doyle. We welcome patients from Exeter, Providence, Warwick, and throughout Rhode Island.