The so-called ‘tummy tuck’ – the abdominoplasty – is an incredibly invasive abdominal procedure that reshapes the abdomen. The procedure involves pulling up the skin that covers the abdomen so access can be gained to the entire abdominal cavity, where muscles are stitched and fat is removed, then the cavity is sewn back up. Loose skin is usually surgically removed, and the belly button repositioned.
The question is, is this procedure really necessary? It is huge in biological terms with long recovery times, so we take a look at some effective alternatives.
Skin tightening on the abdomen
If you have excess skin on the belly area, it can be tightened up with a couple of very effective procedures. We have a few options depending on your specific skin, including our new favourite toy, the ThermiTight. This is a slightly invasive (as in, it goes in under the skin) radiofrequency probe that tightens from the inside out. It uses a specific frequency to get the best results, and can be used anywhere on the body with just a few very small incisions.
The ThermiTight can also be used to remove fatty deposits, so you can use it as a skin tightener and fat remover at the same time.
Fat-removal of the abdomen
Removing excess fatty deposits is relatively straightforward and long-lasting with liposuction. Liposuction cannulas use very, very small incisions to do their work, leaving your tissue intact, but the fat gone.
Other fat removal techniques that are used from the outside in with no incisions at all include the Clatuu fat freezing device, which can be used in people who for whatever reason are unable or unwilling to undergo surgery.
A tummy tuck or liposuction are not alternatives to weight loss
The tummy tuck and liposuction are not weight loss tools; they are body repair/reshaping tools. This means that if you carry a lot of weight around with you, this will need to be addressed with your surgeon. Liposuction can be used to remove large volumes of fat from certain areas, but it won’t be useful for all-over weight reduction unless an extensive amount of liposuction is performed, which is usually simply not an 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 underneath both before and after any type of intervention. A strong muscle underneath means tighter skin over the top, and increased collagen production, so staying on top of your exercise routine will be a supportive step. Part of keeping healthy skin and muscle is providing your body with everything it needs to support itself, and keeping elements that tax your resources to a manageable level.
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.
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