The stomach is often the part of the body that we are the most self-conscious of. Thankfully, there are treatments available for those coveting a flat tummy. There are two main plastic surgery procedures for the stomach area: liposuction and tummy tuck. Both procedures are designed to help restore a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Liposuction – Liposuction can remove stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. This procedure involves making small incisions in the navel area, after which a long thin tube called a cannula is inserted. Once the cannula is in place, the tube is attached to a fat-sucking vacuum. The cannula is then strategically moved to the areas were fat loss is desired, sculpting the area for a more streamlined appearance. Fat cell removal performed by liposuction is thought to be permanent; however, if weight is gained, the remaining fat cells in the body will enlarge. While liposuction is an effective fat removal technique, it is not for everyone. Generally, the best liposuction candidates are healthy individuals who have good skin tone and elasticity; otherwise, liposuction can exacerbate loose skin.
Tummy Tuck – An abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from your abdomen to create a more aesthetically pleasing look. It also tightens the abdominal wall muscles which makes your stomach protrude less. Tummy tuck surgery in Annandale includes liposuction, abdominal muscle tightening and excess skin/fat excisions. Those who have given birth or have lost substantial amounts of fat within a short period of time usually benefit from plastic surgery for the stomach. Rapid weight loss tends to reduce the elasticity in the skin, making it loose or saggy. Not only can a tummy tuck result in smoother and firmer skin, the procedure also restores weakened or separated stomach muscles.
For those interested in a less invasive procedure, there are non-surgical options to improve the appearance of the stomach area. Treatments include fat removal through ultrasound technology, heat and freezing techniques.
To find out if plastic surgery for the abdomen is right for you, contact Dr. Anne Nickodem at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com. During a surgery consultation in Annandale, Dr. Nickodem will evaluate your individual needs and desires and help you choose the right procedure for you.