If you’ve been losing weight, regardless of whether you’re on a medically supervised diet, had bariatric surgery, or are just doing this on your own, having stubborn fat and loose skin on your abdomen can be frustrating and disheartening. The fact of the matter is that everyone has a “trouble” spot on their body that’s resistant to weight loss and toning. If your trouble spot is your belly, it could be due to weakness or damage to the muscles in your abdominal wall.
There are plenty of options available now to reduce belly fat and tighten loose skin, but here at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center in Arlington, Virginia, we would argue that a tummy tuck — abdominoplasty — is still the best choice for getting rid of your unwanted belly fat.
Reasons to choose a tummy tuck
We’ve been helping men and women throughout the DC area look and feel their best for years, and we study all the emerging fat-reduction techniques. The tummy tuck remains our primary recommendation, and here are five reasons why:
1. Most effective treatment
A tummy tuck is an outpatient surgical procedure that requires several weeks of recovery, but it’s by far the most effective way to get rid of unwanted belly fat. You don’t have to have multiple treatments to shrink or destroy fat cells with heat or cold. You don’t have to deal with loose or saggy abdominal skin after fat removal.
During the procedure, one of our experienced surgeons makes an incision to lift up your skin. Then, they tighten and repair your abdominal muscles, and, if necessary, use liposuction to remove any remaining fat. Finally, they redrape your skin, trimming away any excess before closing the incision and applying a dressing and compression garment. No other procedure removes fat and excess skin as effectively.
2. Immediate results
A tummy tuck also provides immediate results. You don’t need to wait for your body to flush out damaged fat cells or for new collagen production to tighten your skin. A tummy tuck is a one-and-done procedure that will leave you with the flat abs you’ve been working to achieve.
3. Repair for abdominal muscles
Often a saggy belly is due to damage or weakness in your abdominal wall. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can repair diastasis rectus — a condition in which your abdominal muscles separate that’s common after pregnancy — as well as hernias and other weak or detached tissue.
4. Better posture
A tummy tuck can also help improve your posture, which is a surefire way to look slimmer. Your abdominal muscles are critical to good posture, so the muscular repair and tightening not only smooth your belly, but they also help you stand tall and strong. Improved posture also reduces your risk of neck and back pain and the developing of a stooped or curved spine.
5. Long-term results
Tummy tucks typically remove up to 10 pounds of unwanted fat and skin tissue from your abdomen, completely changing the shape of your body and tightening the muscles that contribute to a saggy belly. You should continue to make healthy choices to maintain your new, slender shape, but by addressing one of the underlying issues that causes a belly pouch, we eliminate one of the factors that could lead to a loose belly.
If you’re ready to reshape your body for good, call us at 703-841-0399 or schedule a consultation online today.