Despite our best efforts, diet and exercise may fail to help us achieve the body contours we desire. The lower abdomen is a common site for stubborn fat that won’t melt away, even for those who follow a strict diet and exercise regimen. If you’re interested in a well-toned midsection, Dr. Robert Spies performs tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) to give you a firmer, tighter abdomen. This not only improves body contour and muscle tone but also offers the following three unexpected benefits.
1) Core Muscles Become Stronger
Often, tummy tuck patients have very little core strength because their abdominal muscles are simply too weak. For many post-pregnancy patients, the stomach muscles have completely separated and are unable to engage as they are meant to do. For example, a woman may look pregnant after eating a large meal simply because her weak and separated core muscles cannot engage to hold in her distended stomach. Abdominoplasty tightens and repositions the abdominal muscles. With a tighter, flatter tummy, your muscles will be able to engage and become stronger, increasing your overall core strength.
2) Back Pain May Decrease
While there isn’t a direct correlation between abdominoplasty and reduced back pain, a tummy tuck can have an indirect effect in decreasing back pain. Before tummy tuck surgery, many patients have loose, weak abdominal muscles and excess abdominal fat and skin. Your “muffin top” affects your posture while sitting or standing because the excess weight on the front of your abdomen pulls your body forward. The extra weight and weak stomach muscles force your back muscles to overcompensate and strain themselves to hold you upright, causing back pain. A tummy tuck removes the excess skin and fat and tightens the stomach muscles. With a newly toned midsection and no excess weight to carry around in the abdomen, proper posture becomes easy and natural. Your overburdened back gets a release from all the pressure, thereby reducing back pain.
3) Exercise Becomes Easier
With the removal of excess abdominal skin and fat, exercise becomes easier. Your range of motion improves because the extra weight is no longer in the way, and stronger abdominal muscles allow you to accomplish more demanding exercises. Increased core strength and reduced stomach mass make many exercises easier and more comfortable. In some cases, previously impossible exercises become manageable. By taking advantage of these benefits and exercising regularly, you can successfully maintain and enjoy the improved appearance and multiple benefits after tummy tuck surgery.
Dr. Robert Spies regularly performs tummy tuck procedures for men and women to give them a more toned and attractive abdomen. To learn more about the benefits you could experience with a tummy tuck, we encourage you to schedule your consultation today with Dr. Spies. Call (480) 890-0600 or fill out our online consultation form. We look forward to seeing you soon!