New evidence suggests that an abdominoplasty, also referred to as a tummy tuck, is helping patients in areas beyond just improving self-esteem. The procedure, which tightens the abdominal region by removing excess skin and unsightly fat deposits, has been found to improve back pain as well.
“My peers have done research on women with loose abdominal wall musculature and back pain problems, and found a statistically significant improvement on pain after an abdominoplasty,” said Dr. Carlos Castaneda, a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon for CosMed Clinic in Mexico.
“It was attributed to the rectus abdominis muscles plicature, documented by an improvement on x-ray measures taken from the lumbosacral spine. Translating all this is, basically better standing posture, ” explained Dr. Castaneda.
Patients who typically request a tummy tuck are women who feel their stomach muscles are weakened after childbirth and have excess skin around the abdominal region. Such patients also request a full mommy makeover which can include breast lift, liposuction and labiaplasty in addition to a tummy tuck.
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