Having a tummy tuck as part of a 'mummy makeover' can improve back pain and incontinence in mothers, new research suggests.
They are two of the most common complaints experienced by women after they have had a child.
And Australian researchers now claim the cosmetic procedure could combat their agony and embarrassment.
A host of celebrities, including TV star Kim Zolciak who rose to fame on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, have had a tummy tuck after giving birth.
It repairs the separation of two stomach muscles that can split while women are carrying, which can leave them looking pregnant long after giving birth.
A host of celebrities, including TV star Kim Zolciak who rose to fame on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, have had a tummy tuck after giving birth
The tummy tuck is one of many involved in a so-called 'mummy makeover', which consists of boob job, bum lifts and vaginal rejuvenation.
Some 214 women who had underwent abdominoplasty - the medical term for the operation branded a tummy tuck - were studied.
Each of the women were quizzed about how their back pain or incontinence was affecting their life before and after the surgery.
Prior to the trial, half had moderate disability from their back pain and urinary incontinence was a 'significant concern' for two fifths.
But six months later, only nine per cent of patients still reported moderate disability from their back pain.
And urinary incontinence remained a problem for less than two per cent of the women after even less time - just six weeks.
Known medically as an abdominoplasty, tummy tucks improve the appearance of the stomach.
Surgeons remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, and tighten connective tissues.
The end result is a more toned look. Many women, and men, have the operation to boost their body image.
A tummy tuck is also the go-to option for women who have given birth and have a prolonged 'mummy tummy'.
The surgery repairs the rectus diastasis - two abdominal muscles than can separate during pregnancy.
Figures show nearly 130,000 tummy tucks were performed in the US last year. There are nearly 3,000 performed privately in the UK each year.
Similar benefits were noted from each of the different types of