Tightening Your Tummy
- Posted on: Sep 30 2018
Unless you just graduated from college, odds are you’ve probably got a little pooch on your lower abdomen. As we age, our stomach muscles and support tissues weaken and allow a pooch to form. And don’t even ask what pregnancy and childbirth do to the muscles down there. Plus, fat tends to subtly accumulate in the abdomen area. So, how best to get rid of the pooch, without calling The Dog Whisperer?
Dr. Lipton uses two different procedures, or often a combination of them, depending on your particular circumstances — liposuction or a tummy tuck. While both procedures have the same goal, a tighter, more contoured stomach, they go about getting it in vastly different ways.
Liposuction is the answer to pockets of fat
Some people believe that a million crunches will show our belly fat who’s the boss. In reality, fat in the abdominal area is incredibly difficult to target and even harder to target enough to actually burn. You could do every conceivable exercise. You could every device from every “belly busting” infomercial, but for most people, the fat will still be there.
Sounds the liposuction is the answer. Liposuction targets these stubborn pockets of fat such as love handles, spare tires, and muffin tops. People like liposuction because, while it is invasive, it doesn’t demand the recovery periods of full surgery. The ideal liposuction candidate should be within 10% of his or her ideal body weight and have tried both diet and exercise to get rid of stubborn areas of fat. Liposuction is best for patients who also still have good elasticity in their stomach skin. That is key, so the skin can tighten down after the fat is removed.
Tummy tuck is the answer for loose, sagging skin
If your skin and muscles in your abdominal area have been stretched for a long period of time, they usually can’t return to their former degree of tautness. Think of a rubber band that has been wrapped around a large item for a long time. When removed, it is permanently stretched. This happens with the human abdominal skin and muscles. Plus, some pregnancies actually separate the stomach muscles on the front of the abdomen, thanks to the extremely localized weight gain.
A tummy tuck improves the appearance of the midsection by removing loose, hanging abdominal skin and tightening the abdominal muscles for a well-contoured abdomen. This is particularly the case for women who have had children and others who have gained and lost large amounts of weight. Dr. Lipton will actually take the abdominal muscles are reposition them back in the center of the stomach, if they have become separated during pregnancy. This helps slim the waist immediately.
Or maybe both procedures are right for you
If you have issues with both excess fat and skin laxity in the abdominal area, Dr. Lipton combines both liposuction and a tummy tuck as part of your body-contouring plan. Tummy tuck procedures often include some degree of liposuction because it is a more effective way to remove fat pockets and it is easy to do once you’ve already created an incision that accesses the area.
Not for weight loss
It’s important to remember that neither liposuction nor tummy tucks are weight loss procedures. Patients need to be at or near their ideal body weight to qualify for these procedures with Dr. Lipton.
Schedule a Consultation
Turn off the late night TV promising “rock hard abs.” They’re just the snake oil peddlers of today. Instead, consider a tummy tuck and/or liposuction with Dr. Lipton. Call us at (974) 420-0023 to schedule a consultation.
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