August 2023

8 Bonus Benefits of
A Tummy Tuck

8 Bonus Benefits of A Tummy Tuck

Without question, a tummy tuck is a life-changing procedure. When I'm consulting with moms, they'll often confide that they wrestle with the choice to have plastic surgery, mostly because of social stigmas around cosmetic surgery being a vanity expense. While there is a segment of the population who are in fact plastic surgery "seekers," moms don't typically fall into this category.

The moms in my practice typically put themselves last on the list of priorities where self-care is concerned, and it's the main reason why helping them transform their figure is so personally fulfilling for me.

Restoring your body after pregnancy and childbirth also restores confidence and is a major boost to the self-image of many moms. And while we tend to focus on the benefits we can see, we often overlook additional benefits that come with getting a tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck Benefits 

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#1: Weight loss

By definition, a tummy tuck will remove excess weight directly from around the waist, and when combined with liposuction even more weight loss can be expected. While we don't recommend surgery as a weight loss tool, it's important to know that removing excess skin and fat can move the needle on the scale. For others, the changes they see with their tummy tuck motivate them to lose more weight as well as tone and firm other areas of the body.

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#2: Hernia Repair

A hernia is a bulging of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening, typically caused by pressure or stress on the organs. The abdominal weakness caused by pregnancy and weight gain can contribute to the formation of a hernia and requires surgical repair. During tummy tuck surgery, your plastic surgeon can also repair any hernias without having you divide your concerns into two separate surgeries.

Hernias at the abdominal wall are called ventral hernias and are usually found along the midline where the abdominal muscles join. I'll also commonly perform umbilical (belly button) hernia repair for moms when creating their new belly button. Patients love the dual procedure perk because it alleviates the burning or aching bulge in their abdomen.

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#3: Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

During pregnancy, the increased pressure of a growing uterus and fetal weight on a woman's pelvic-floor muscles throughout pregnancy coupled with pregnancy-related hormonal changes can cause the pelvic floor to become weak. Pregnancy also puts more pressure on the bladder, and urethra, causing stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Post pregnancy, many women are left with a bladder control condition where pressure such as sneezing, coughing, or exercise causes leakage of urine. Studies show a tummy tuck can improve SUI and provide more support to the bladder by tightening the abdomen. It's a total game-changer for women who have silently been battling the condition.

#4: Reduce Back Pain & Improve Posture

Back pain

The abdominal muscles and back muscles support core body strength. Diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles, or "six-pack" muscles, which meet in the middle of the stomach. Diastasis recti is common during and after pregnancy because the uterus stretches the abdominal muscles to make room for the growing baby. If you've ever had babies, you'll understand that the muscle separation causes abdominal protrusion that puts additional pressure and strain on the lower back muscles.

In a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon repairs the abdominal muscles (rectus plication), strengthening the abdominal wall, creating a flat abdomen, and alleviating pressure at the back, thereby improving back pain.

Improved posture

You will definitely be carrying yourself with a greater measure of confidence, but there is also a benefit to reinforcing your core with surgical muscle repair. Once fully healed from tummy tuck surgery, your stronger core and repaired abdominal wall will also improve your posture. The stronger core gives support to your spine, improving posture.

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#5: Numerous Medical Benefits

We're by no means suggesting you get an abdominoplasty to reap medical benefits. In fact, for certain conditions like heart disease and diabetes, I require medical clearance from your managing care physician. That said, many patients see improvement in medical conditions such as diabetes, and hypertension caused by the removal of extra skin and fat.

Removing excess abdominal fat can make diabetes more manageable. Many tummy tuck patients become more active after surgery with their thinner bodies. Increased physical activity is known to lower stress, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, and improve heart function.

Before and After Tummy Tuck by Dr. John Burns

Before and After Tummy Tuck in Dallas by Dr. John Burns
Before and After Tummy Tuck in Dallas by Dr. John Burns
Before and After Tummy Tuck in Dallas by Dr. John Burns
Before and After Tummy Tuck in Dallas by Dr. John Burns
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#6: Skin Benefits

In cases where the abdominal skin falls over the lower abdominal crease, an overhang results in an embarrassing condition where moisture is trapped against the skin. This can lead to skin irritation, skin rashes, and even fungal infections. Removing the overhang will alleviate these symptoms, providing relief for moms who struggle with this problem. Many women often tell me they feel more attractive with fewer stretch marks, and not having to conceal or tuck their loose skin to pants, swimsuits, and underwear.

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#7: Wardrobe Improvement

After a tummy tuck, patients have many more options in clothing. Many patients who wear looser-fitting elastic pants will be able to wear form-fitting clothes. And for the first time since pregnancy, some women mention going down in pant size once fully healed.

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#8: More Positive Outlook on Life

Patients who look better will inevitably feel better about themselves. Our minds and bodies are interconnected and with an improved body comes an improved mind and an overall better quality of life. 

Tummy Tuck Surgery In Dallas

I hope that by detailing the numerous benefits a woman can experience by having tummy tuck surgery will help moms. The obvious is the beautiful result obtained by having a tummy tuck. Less obvious, but equally important benefits are improvements seen and felt in a mom's overall physical well-being.

Before and After Tummy Tuck by Dr. John Burns

Before and After tummy tuck, Dallas Texas, Dr. John Burns
Before and After tummy tuck, Dallas Texas, Dr. John Burns
Before and After tummy tuck, Dallas Texas, Dr. John Burns
Before and After tummy tuck, Dallas Texas, Dr. John Burns

What Our Patients Are Saying

Celebrated670400 Patient Review

After 7 consults I decided on Dr. Burns in Dallas. He could do it all at once safely, Amazing attitude, bedside manner and confidence and knew exactly what I wanted and needed.  I wish I would have done it years ago. Time to be a little selfish and finally take care of you! We always take care of everybody else!

My waist feels so tight. I love clothes shopping now and everything I put on fits with no rolls hanging over or tight! Pants just go up and zip! I actually bought a 2 piece bathing suit this year for the first time in my life! I never thought I would do that! Ever! I know I’m not 20 and as tiny like a lot these women on here but I’m 1000 times better than I was. I have so much energy and move so much better! I love Dr. Burns, he gave me my life back!

Pioneering115527 Patient Review

I had a tummy tuck and breast lift and lipo after having 3 kids in 5 years. I lost a lot of weight, worked out incessantly and just couldn’t get rid of my c section tummy. I was extremely nervous about having surgery because I had very traumatic emergency c sections. I’ve also had horrible experiences with doctors and was just hesitant to go through with it. Dr Burns has genuinely been the most caring, responsive and kind doctor I have ever encountered in 30 years. I have never met someone who is so thoughtful and really listens while still being results driven.

 His nurses are very kind and provide good customer service. I stayed in his recovery center for two nights and it was a good experience—they do require an adult to stay with you which can be hard to coordinate. But dr burns checked on me personally twice a day while I was there. I have had no complications, I’m one week out and recovery has been painful but they provided a lot of information about how to prepare. 

Enthusiastic403794 Patient Review

I did a mini tummy tuck and have a drain but the incision was so well done and symmetrical. I cannot wait until I am fully healed and can truly see my new shape form but I can tell you that day 1 post op when they removed my band the first thing I said was "My Stomach is finally flat"

I have never had a flat lower tummy since my two kids. Dr. Burns fixed my lower muscles as well and once I can start back to my regular exercise routine and core work I know I am going to be amazed.

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