Tummy Talk: Options To Flatten

WriterMama on 2 Aug 2012 at 10:00am

If you've tried every fad diet and exercise to smooth your stomach, and still aren't seeing results, you may be considering a visit to a plastic surgeon. You’re not alone. There are many problems that plague the midsection—and just as many solutions. The question is, which is right for you?

Here’s a rundown of six common tummy troubles, and a surgical or non-invasive option for each.

Stubborn Spot: Poofy Pooch
Option: If you've got a protruding bulge that just won't lie flat, no matter how hard you work, one option to explore is liposuction. Fat suctioning can effectively slim that stubborn pouch.

Stubborn Spot: Saggy Stomach
Option: Childbirth and aging can speed up gravity's effect on your tummy and leave you dangling. For this drooping dilemma, some may consider a tummy tuck. Officially termed abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess skin and fat from your middle, tightens muscles, and aims to restore a pre-baby belly.

Stubborn Spot: Spare Tire
Option: That roll around your middle—also endearingly referred to as love handles, potbelly, or muffin top—could be one of the easier problems to fix. Non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting (freezing and destroying fat cells) or liposonix (ultrasound fat cell destruction) can deflate a tire without a single incision.

Stubborn Spot: Stretch Marks
Option: Currently, there is no true, permanent repair for stretch marks. The good news is that you can diminish, and sometimes almost completely eliminate, stretch marks with a tummy tuck. You're trading them in for a bikini line scar, but with a good surgeon, the effects are minimal.

Stubborn Spot: Fat Apron
Option: Losing weight is fantastic, but it can have its drawbacks—like a fold of skin that hangs down past your waist and won't tighten up. With a procedure called a panniculectomy, you can rid yourself of the ghosts of pounds past. A panniculectomy is similar to a tummy tuck, but this procedure is only to remove excess skin and fat. No muscles are tightened here.


What's your stubborn spot? Have you ever considered a procedure to boost diet and exercise results? Let us know!


photo credit: Dr. Brett Edward Lehocky, MD