Tummy tuck benefits extend beyond physical appearance

June 27, 2012 Comments Off on Tummy tuck benefits extend beyond physical appearance

All types of plastic surgery offer numerous benefits, and while there are many that are easily visible to the naked eye – such as larger breasts or a flatter stomach – some are harder to see. Such is the case with a tummy tuck procedure. On the surface, it may seem like the only advantage is the removal of excess skin and a slimmer physique, but the benefits extend well beyond a patient's appearance.

Exercise is easier

Most tummy tuck patients are not strangers to exercise. After all, one of the most common reasons for having the surgery in the first place is excess skin due to significant weight loss. However, it's that skin that can make continuing a workout plan difficult.

Exercising with loose skin can be uncomfortable, so removing it is key to staying healthy after weight loss. Not only will a tummy tuck do that, but by tightening the abs you may be able to exercise even more effectively than you did pre-surgery.

Greater self-esteem

Not only can loose skin or excess fat make exercise uncomfortable and less effective, but it can also wreak havoc on a person's self-esteem. A tummy tuck procedure will remove the impediments in the way of high self-esteem and help patients feel more confident in their own skin, whether they're wearing a T-shirt and jeans or hanging out at the beach.

The psychological benefits were examined in a recent study. A Kansas-based plastic surgeon surveyed more than 360 patients having liposuction, a tummy tuck or both, and found 86 percent of them reported a boost in self-esteem after the surgery. Additionally, 70 percent enjoyed a greater quality of life.

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