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Cosmetic Surgery for a Smaller Waist
Dr. Steven Copit
One of the most problematic areas for losing weight is the tummy. Sometimes, no matter how much a patient exercises or how healthy their diet, it can be difficult to lose that extra weight on the stomach. Losing weight on the tummy can be especially difficult patients over the age of 40 and those who have had children. The good news is there are plastic surgery procedures that can surgically remove that extra weight on the tummy. Here are a couple different plastic surgery options that will contour and sculpt the waist.
The first option patients can consider is a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is a procedure that enables surgeons to remove excess fat and skin directly from the tummy. During surgery, underlying abdominal muscles are sutured, loose skin is excised and re-draped over the stomach, and the belly button is reshaped. Tummy tucks are a great option for those who have been pregnant, are aging, have had significant weight fluctuations, or have hereditary problems with weight gain.
The results of tummy tuck surgery will last a decade a more, as long as the patient continues to take care of the body. Patients who continue to have fluctuations in weight may eventually reverse the positive effects of the tummy tuck. Fluctuations in weight can be caused by overeating or pregnancy. As such, its important to stick to a healthy lifestyle after surgery, and patients should plan to undergo tummy tuck after their last pregnancy. Keep in mind, a tummy tuck is the first step to getting rid of excess skin, but to maintain that great look, its important to develop healthy lifestyle patterns including exercising and eating right.
To reduce the fat content in the tummy and create a smaller waistline, patients can undergo liposuction. Liposuction (or lipoplasty) is a procedure that removes excess fat deposits, slimming the areas in which the procedure is performed. Liposuction is great for those who have localized fat deposits that they cant seem to get rid of with diet or exercise. Liposuction is also a great option for those that are physically active, but may just want to contour a certain part of their body. Just as a tummy tuck is not a treatment for obesity, neither is liposuction. Keep in mind that in order to keep the desired weight off after the procedure, its important to continue to exercise and maintain a healthy diet. That is the best way to maintain and extend the results of surgery.
Patients who wish to reduce their waistlines through plastic surgery may be wondering which procedure best fits their needs. The best way to make this decision is to consult a local plastic surgeon. A surgeon will listen to each patients needs and discuss all possible options for surgery. The general rule is liposuction is for those looking to remove excess fatty deposits from specific areas of the body, while a tummy tuck is for people who have an accumulation of excess skin on the stomach.
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