Seattle Plastic Surgeon observes that many of her tummy tuck patients have improved posture after surgery.
Tummy tuck is one of those great operations that improves both form and function.
Removing the excess skin and fat makes the torso look better but tightening the muscle layer makes the torso function better.
This before and after photo shows this very clearly. On the left, the patient had lordosis a.k.a. a sway back. On the right, after surgery, her lordosis is almost gone. The tightened abdominal muscles are now working better to support her back.
Also, many patients who have low back pain prior to surgery find that they have much less pain after surgery.
The abdominal muscles are important for back support. Crunches may help but if the abdominal muscles have been separated by pregnancy, a tummy tuck may be necessary to get them back in the correct position.
Thanks for reading! Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder