How to make the abdomen firmer, smoother, and youthful
The appearance of the abdominal area is important for many of us as it defines the shape of the body and profile. A firm and smooth abdominal area with toned muscles is often associated with a youth, so it is no wonder many of us are trying to achieve this look and maintain it for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, there are many factors that can cause the unsightly appearance of the abdominal area in both male and female patients. Among the most frequent causes of skin sagginess on the tummy are pregnancy, weight fluctuations, gravity, and aging.
When considering methods to improve the appearance of the abdominal area, many tend to focus on just diet and physical exercise. These two methods can do a good job for patients who are young and fit and not confronted with medical causes ofthe saggy abdomen. However, for women who have undergone multiple pregnancies in the past, chances are these methods won’t provide the results expected. This is the case when the patient is suffering from diastasis recti, a condition that affects the muscles of the abdominal wall, making them loose and distended from each other. This condition can only be corrected with a surgical method, so no amount of physical exercise and diet will restore the beauty of the abdominal area for a patient confronted with diastasis recti. Also, when choosing exercise and diet to achieve a firmer abdominal area, make sure to check if there is any level of skin sagginess on the tummy. It is important to know that when skin sagginess is present, the only effective solution is surgery.
Nowadays many people resort to a combination of exercise, diet, and plastic surgery to get a firm, smooth and youthful abdominal area. This means that once the patient has reached a normal weight and has sustained that weight for at least six months, plastic surgery is an option to better define the results.
The procedure performed to make the abdomen firmer and flatter is called the tummy tuck and is often performed in combination with liposuction of the abdominal wall and the flanks. For younger patients who have a good skin tonus, abdominal liposuction alone might be an option. However, for patients with a poor skin condition, performing liposuction as a stand-alone procedure might accentuate the sagginess and cause an unsightly appearance of the abdomen.
There are many options when it comes to performing the tummy tuck to make the abdomen firmer and smoother. The plastic surgeon might recommend a mini tummy tuck, a complete tummy tuck, an extended tummy tuck or an hourglass tummy tuck, depending on the physical characteristics of the patient and what he is trying to achieve by undergoing the procedure. The tummy tuck is a safe and efficient method to get a firm, flat and smooth abdomen.