Summary: The unexpected benefits of body contouring might surprise you. I suppose that’s why they’re “unexpected.” Most of these benefits will impact your life in small but important ways. That said, it’s important not to ignore the primary reasons that you undergo a given procedure in the first place–and that’s usually where surgeons will place their priorities.

Some Unexpected Benefits of Body Contouring

Body contouring is a class of cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure in which the size or shape of the body (or areas of the body) can be effectively molded or sculpted. When you think of body contouring, you should think of liposuction, tummy tuck, and non surgical procedures such as Coolsculpting. While there are some obvious benefits to body contouring (you may look slimmer and more fit, for example), there are also some unexpected benefits of body contouring.

The unexpected benefits of body contouring can range from a little boost in confidence to help with incontinence. It all depends on the procedure you’re undergoing. Each procedure–whether plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery–will have unique unexpected benefits

Unexpected Benefits of Tummy Tuck

Let’s take tummy tuck as an example. There are two big unexpected benefits that you might get from a tummy tuck procedure (of course, these benefits are unexpected to us, the patients–not necessarily to the surgeons who perform the procedure). Obviously, a tummy tuck is designed to help eliminate unwanted excess skin from around the belly area, making you appear slimmer and more fit.

That’s the expected benefit. The unexpected benefits are:

  • More muscle strength in the abdomen. Your tummy tuck will usually involve a step in which your surgeon will use sutures to provide additional structure to your abdominal muscles. This added structure is designed to keep everything in place, but it has the added benefit of giving your abdominal muscles a little bit of extra strength.
  • Helping with urinary incontinence. Due to a combination of aging and childbirth, many women notice an increase in incontinence as the years go by. (For those that don’t know, incontinence is involuntary urination.) Tummy tuck can actually help relieve incontinence symptoms. That’s an unexpected–but welcome–benefit to a tummy tuck procedure.

You’ll want to talk to your surgeon, of course, about the benefits of a tummy tuck–and whether those benefits are the right fit for you and your goals. To be sure, there are other ways to gain abdominal muscle strength and address incontinence–this isn’t to suggest that tummy tuck is the best way to do that. But the added benefits are nice.

Unexpected Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation

We typically think of vaginal rejuvenation as mostly a cosmetic procedure. The reality is that most women pursue these procedures for two main reasons: comfort and confidence. But there are some unexpected benefits to vaginal rejuvenation as well. In the case of Viveve vaginal rejuvenation, for example, patients can also experience some incontinence relief.

In most cases, Viveve (and other non surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedures) is not advertised as incontinence treatment. But patients have reported improvements in symptoms. Additionally, many patients report that vaginal dryness has improved thanks to Viveve treatments.

So not only does Viveve perform the kind of rejuvenation it’s designed to accomplish, but it also provides patients with these additional benefits. Again, you’ll want to talk to your surgeon about what your goals are–and the best way to accomplish those goals. Viveve may be a viable option for a wide variety of issues.

Should You Rely on Unexpected Benefits?

Of course, that brings up the following question: should you rely on unexpected benefits? It’s great that body contouring can provide all these benefits. But if those are the benefits you want, shouldn’t you pursue a different treatment?

Well, maybe. There’s no single right answer for this: you’ll want to talk over your options with your cosmetic or plastic surgeon to determine your best way forward.


About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for almost five years. He’s constantly in touch with cosmetic surgeons to ensure he has the most accurate and up to date information possible.

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