Tummy Tucks – aka abdominoplasties – have risen in popularity over the past few years. In a nutshell, the tummy tuck involves cutting out excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening the abdominal muscles. This makes the procedure especially popular amongst mums after giving birth and men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight.

Much more than just a cosmetic procedure, tummy tucks can help address a few medical issues as well!

Loose skin

For a lot of people who have lost a massive amount of weight, the skin doesn’t always shrink, even though your stomach does. This can happen all over the body, but with a lot of fat stored in the stomach, many people find themselves with an “abdominal apron” after losing a significant amount of weight – that is, a large flap of excess skin hanging down. Equally, pregnancy can stretch the skin beyond its elasticity creating the same problem.

This can be a real shock – after working hard to lose weight and feel confident in your appearance, you find yourself with less than appealing flap of skin! For some people, it can be enough to have to tuck into their pants or affect the fit of their clothes.

Tummy tucks cut this excess skin from around the middle and lower abdomen, returning your stomach to the appearance of regular, taut skin.  

Skin irritation

All of that excess skin causes its own problems as well! The loose stomach skin and tissue can hang down, rubbing against other skin to create sweat, skin irritation and rashes. Aside from being nasty to have to put up with, this can become a medical issue and it’s a tough area to keep clean and apply treatments for irritation.

By getting rid of the excess skin, tummy tucks also get rid of these problems!

The mum pooch

The mum pooch, the mum tum – whatever you call it, it’s probably not your favourite new addition after pregnancy!

The stress that pregnancy puts on your body can actually tear your abdominal muscles apart by an inch or even more. This condition is called diastasis recti and is very common among mums and often goes undiagnosed. Significant cases of diastasis recti can actually push your stomach out, creating the mum tum.

By repairing and tightening the muscles, a tummy tuck gets rid of the mum tum. This procedure also removes some fatty tissue from the stomach to further help get rid of the after-pregnancy belly!

Back pain

As many as 30% of mums experience lower back pain after giving birth. Recent research has found that a significant number of mums report this being fixed or less of an issue following a tummy tuck procedure. This is the result of the tightening of the muscles and connective tissue around the abdomen that is part of the procedure, which helps with the stabilisation of the spine.

Incontinence

This is one problem that a lot of women don’t want to talk about, even though it’s a common experience! A weak bladder, sometimes diagnosed as Stress Urinary Incontinence, can be the result of giving birth of just getting older. The result can be inconvenient and even a little bit embarrassing, with the unintentional release of a little pee from something as simple as a sneeze or laughing.

The cause of this is the muscles being too stretched around the bladder. A tummy tuck tightens these muscles and the soft tissue that supports the pelvic floor, bladder and urethra, treating this incontinence issue.