Tummy tuck or liposuction? Dr Kayle answers your queries on stubborn fat

Q: I have lost a lot of weight over the past year. Exercise has not helped me achieve my one remaining goal: a flat tummy. What would be my best option to achieve this goal

Although you may have lost inches and toned muscle through exercise, it can be the case that excess fat around the abdominal area can be very stubborn to shift – and unfortunately even if you do manage to banish most of the fat via a procedure such as liposuction, there may be excess skin that remains due to the weight loss.

So for this reason, I think the best option for you to think about having would be an abdominoplasty procedure, commonly called the “tummy tuck.”  This procedure can be combined with liposuction, to remove excess fat, and will guarantee the elimination of any loose, sagging skin.

Also, it is worth noting that we are all born with a little separation between both sides of the rectus muscle, [often dubbed the ‘six pack’]. But unfortunately with age, certain lifestyle factors, and definitely pregnancy, that muscle separates further. The result is like the loosening of a corset. Once these muscles spread, the only true way to “bring them back” is via a tummy tuck procedure, which will bring the muscle edges together, acting like an internal corset, pulling your tummy in.

During a tummy tuck, a surgeon will make an incision, which stretches across your bikini line, through which excess skin and fat can be removed, as well as allowing your muscles to be stitched together to restore the tightness. By opting for this surgery, you will be able to achieve your aesthetic goal.

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