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For women who suffer from post-partum back pain or urinary incontinence – the medical benefits of an abdominoplasty might even outweigh the aesthetic outcomes. 

Abdominoplasty or ‘Tummy Tuck’ procedures are becoming increasingly common among women, particularly following childbirth. The procedure aims to restore the position of the central muscles, often with removal and repair of excess skin and stretch marks. This can dramatically improve an individual’s profile and remove skin that may be difficult to shift with diet and exercise alone.

A 2018 Australian study published in the U.S Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal has indicated there’s also potentially significant functional benefits for women who undergo a tummy tuck. Specifically, those who suffer chronic lower back pain or urinary incontinence – two of the most common physical conditions experienced by post-partum women. The study looked at 214 women, with the vast majority reporting a dramatic reduction in their respective conditions from 6 weeks post-operation.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons’, Professor Mark Ashton, hopes that this new evidence will ‘persuade government to review its decision removing the Medicare item number for this operation for post-partum women.’ The hope is that the procedure will be subsidised for women whose quality of life may be improved as a result.

To learn more about abdominoplasty options, speak to the team at Mark Lee. Choosing to have plastic surgery is a serious personal decision and undertaking. Please be mindful that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.