When it comes to storing excess fat, most people fall into one of three categories: Those who are genetically endowed with a slim figure no matter how much they eat, those who are able to maintain a slender, sculpted shape through diet and exercise, and those whose bodies seem to retain every ounce of extra fat no matter how active they are or how well they eat.
But no matter which body type you were blessed with, you may find it more challenging to maintain a svelte midsection as you make your way through your thirties, forties, and fifties, when shifting hormone levels start to have greater influence on where and how your body stores fat.
If the so-called “middle-age spread” has made it harder for you to zip up your favorite pair of jeans, you’re not alone. A significant percentage of adults, many of whom are already at a healthy body weight, find it increasingly harder to keep their abdomen as trim and toned as they’d like with each passing year.
While there’s no doubt that eating a wholesome diet and getting regular exercise can go a long way in keeping you fit, strong, and healthy, certain abdominal issues — including excess skin, persistent flab, and stretch marks — simply can’t be fixed by cutting added sugars from your diet or spending more time at the gym.
When diet and exercise can’t get you the firm, flat midsection you’re after, abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, can help you finish what you’ve started. Here’s what you need to know.
Flatten and tighten your midsection
Abdominoplasty is a straightforward cosmetic procedure designed to restore a smooth, firm midsection by removing small pockets of fat, getting rid of excess skin, eliminating stretch marks, and restoring weakened abdominal muscles, if necessary.
Because abdominoplasty is the only way to effectively remove the lower belly stretch marks and excess abdominal skin, the procedure is especially popular among men and women who have lost a significant amount of body weight.
It’s also popular among postpartum women who are done having children, as it’s often the best way to correct separated abdominal muscles while simultaneously erasing unwanted stretch marks and doing away with persistent post-baby belly fat.
But you don’t have to have given birth or lost a substantial amount of weight to benefit from abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck surgery can be an ideal solution for anyone whose midsection is affected by skin, muscle, and body shape changes that make their abdomen look thicker, flabbier, or less fit than desired.
Enhance muscle tone and core strength
Abdominoplasty ranks among the top five most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States, and for good reason. On top of eliminating excess flab and saggy skin to reveal a flat, firm midsection and a slimmer physique, it also helps enhance muscle tone, reinforce core strength, and improve your overall health.
How? By restoring integrity to your abdominal wall and trimming away excess midsection weight, a tummy tuck can alleviate lower back strain, boost core strength, and help improve your posture.
Increased abdominal support and core stability can also help you build up your endurance and become more active. In fact, many men and women find that exercise becomes easier and more enjoyable after abdominoplasty, reinvigorating their desire to lead the kind of physically active lifestyle that promotes optimal health and well-being.
A comprehensive, long-term solution
Whether you’re unhappy with the contour of your abdomen or the overall appearance of your midsection simply makes you feel less confident, abdominoplasty may be the answer you’ve been waiting for.
Here at Beauty by Brueck, we perform this procedure through a small incision across your lower abdomen, right at the bikini line. After removing excess fat and skin and repairing separated abdominal muscles, we gently tighten your overlying skin and close the incision with absorbable, buried sutures.
Once your recovery is complete, you can expect to see the tight, toned midsection you’ve always wanted. And barring another pregnancy or significant weight gain, those stellar results should be permanent.
To find out how abdominoplasty can help you unveil your best body, click the button or call our nearest office in Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, or Cape Coral, Florida, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brueck.