Having a belly you feel good about can be elusive after the effects of pregnancies, or significant weight loss or gain. You may look at photos of before and afters of the surgical tummy tuck and think that is the only way to achieve such huge changes to your abdomen. This is only partially true since skin tightening and fat removal procedures can also create significant change and are worth considering.
The so-called ‘tummy tuck’ – the abdominoplasty – is an invasive abdominal procedure that surgically reshapes the tissue of the abdomen. The procedure involves pulling up the skin that covers the abdomen to gain access to the entire abdominal cavity, where muscles are stitched and fat is removed. The cavity is then sewn back up. Loose skin may be surgically removed, and the belly button repositioned.
The question is, is this procedure really necessary? It is a big deal in biological terms with long recovery times. We take a closer look at some effective nonsurgical alternatives at ENRICH Clinic in Melbourne.
Non-surgical skin tightening and fat removal
New technologies mean non-surgical skin tightening and fat reduction is a real possibility for many areas of the body. You might have uneven fat distribution, sagging skin after weight or muscle gain/loss or pregnancy, fat bulges or pouches.
Many of you don’t need drastic surgery for improvements in skin texture, tone and shape. Body contouring is all about shape, and that can be modified using new, innovative tools that make the most of your body.
Comparison points to consider
- Treatment times – how long does the treatment take to perform
- Number of sessions required for optimal results
- Pain or discomfort either during or after treatments
- Are bruising and swelling expected and for how long
- Recovery time, time off work/study/caring roles/travel
- Cost, including ongoing costs if any
- How often do treatments need to be repeated
- How effective are treatments
- Can your body tolerate the treatments well and heal quickly
- Are you a suitable candidate
Skin tightening on the abdomen using radiofrequency
If you have excess skin on the belly area, it can be tightened with very effective energy-based procedures. We have a few options depending on your specific needs, with some of our favourites being radiofrequency-based skin tightening.
Fat reduction treatments using energy-based devices
Fat removal techniques that work from the outside in with no incisions at all include the Trusculpt, which can be used in people who are unable to undergo or don’t like the idea of invasive surgery. The device uses innovative radiofrequency (RF) technology to target sections of fat, therapeutically heating it until fat cells are damaged, then your body removes the fatty acids and cells.
The VenusFreeze also removes fat while tightening skin, being in a class of devices designed expressly for the combination of fat removal and skin tightening.
Fat reduction treatments using liposuction
Removing excess fatty deposits (spot fat removal) is relatively straightforward with liposuction. Liposuction cannulas enter via very, very small incisions, suctioning out fat, leaving skin and other tissue intact. Liposuction is a long-lasting fat-removal procedure that is somewhat more invasive than non-surgical options, but quicker and often more efficient with very smooth, consistent results.
A tummy tuck or liposuction are not alternatives to weight loss
The tummy tuck and liposuction are not weight-loss tools; they are body reshaping tools. Liposuction can be used to remove large volumes of fat from certain areas in some cases, but it won’t be useful for all-over weight reduction unless an extensive amount of liposuction is performed, which is usually not a safe option.
Diet and exercise as adjuncts
Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to shift fatty deposits or improve skin tone and texture. These are, however, key elements in keeping your body supple and flexible, improving tone from beneath before and after any type of intervention.
A strong muscle underneath the skin means tighter skin over the top and increased collagen production. Staying on top of your exercise routine will be a supportive step. Resistance training is typically the most effective for skin tightening, but aerobic exercise is good for burning fat and keeping you full of endorphins. We need both.
Get in touch for an appointment to see how we can help you have a belly you love.
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