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Menopause Made Me Gain Weight: Should I Get A Tummy Tuck?

Submitted by Dr. Fasching on Tue 08/08/2017 - 15:35

For most women, gaining belly fat after menopause is inevitable, no matter how much they work to control their weight. This happens because fat redistributes as we age, leaving our face and limbs and concentrating on our middle sections instead.

Thousands of articles offer tips on how to “beat” post-menopausal weight gain, but these articles are misleading. While it’s certainly possible to maintain your ideal weight after menopause, diet and exercise alone can’t change your body’s shape and composition. To accomplish this, you’ll need to turn to cosmetic surgery… But there is some good news, too: Having a tummy tuck performed after menopause has both medical and aesthetic benefits. Some of the former are discussed below:

Having a tummy tuck performed can treat and prevent back problems.

If your abdominal muscles have been weakened by pregnancy or obesity, they cannot properly support your back. This often results in poor posture, increasing the risk of back pain and injury. This becomes especially likely during middle age, when extra weight around the abdomen puts additional strain on the back.

Tummy tuck surgery helps combat the issues above because the abdominal muscles are tightened and repositioned during the procedure. This both allows them to support the back properly and makes it easier for the patient to exercise. Many people who have tummy tuck surgery find it easier to maintain both their core strength and a healthy weight.

If you have a hernia, a tummy tuck may be able to get rid of it.

Abdominoplasty is an opportunity to correct diastsis recti resulting from pregnancy, particularly multiple births.  A tummy tuck can repair incisional hernias from previous abdominal procedures, as well as umbilical hernias without the need for mesh.

Having a tummy tuck after menopause can help you look and feel great when diet and exercise fail to produce meaningful results. Better still, combining a tummy tuck with complementary procedures intended to treat common medical issues that arise after menopause can cut down on expense, risk, and healing time. All things considered, tummy tuck surgery is one the most highly-recommended procedures for middle-aged women.