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Can a Tummy Tuck Help with Back Pain?

While many people believe tummy tuck surgery is strictly designed to create a smoother, more toned-looking midsection and an “hourglass” figure, the procedure often accomplishes much more than this. In fact, a tummy tuck can reduce chronic lower back pain caused by poor posture due to abdominal muscle weakness. This improvement in function is due to the skin removal and muscle repair typically done in a tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck removes excess or loose abdominal skin while the remaining tissue is tightened for a naturally sculpted appearance. Most tummy tucks also include repairing weak or stretched abdominal muscles which are often seen after pregnancy. The rectus or “sit up muscle” repair helps reset the core muscles’ function while also offering support for the spine and improving posture. In addition, the removal of excess fat and skin can eliminate strain on the back muscles and joints. As a result, certain types of back pain can be reduced in the process. For those with stubborn pockets of fat in their midsection, liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck to reduce the weight of excess fat that may be contributing to a protruding abdomen and associated back pain.

While it is possible for a tummy tuck to improve some forms of back pain, keep in mind that lower back pain can result from a variety of underlying issues. Therefore, body contouring surgery may not be the most effective treatment for your type of back discomfort. To better understand how tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve your aesthetic goals and whether it has the potential to relieve your lower back pain, you should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a personal evaluation. Get started on your tummy tuck journey by contacting Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Yarinsky.

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