Most people know a tummy tuck procedure will likely result in a flatter stomach, but a new study from American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) suggests it could have benefits outside of physical appearance. Researchers found patients who have a tummy tuck, liposuction or a combination of both report higher self-esteem and an improved quality of life.
The results come from an evaluation of 360 patients. Around 60 percent of the patients had liposuction by itself, 35 percent had liposuction and a tummy tuck, while the remaining 5 percent had just a tummy tuck. In total, 86 percent of all the patients said they experienced an improved sense of self esteem, while 70 percent said they enjoyed improved quality of life.
"Liposuction and abdominoplasty, individually and in combination, produce high rates of patient satisfaction and reliably improve self-esteem," Kansas-based plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Swanson said.
The study also revealed some interesting facts when it comes to tummy tuck recovery. Swanson found that patients who had a tummy tuck, with or without liposuction, took an average of 16 days off work. For liposuction-only patients, the average time off work was only about six days.