Two Ways to a Tighter Tummy

Body Contouring San Diego & La Jolla, CAUnless you’re 21 or are able to spend half of every single day working out, odds are you’re not thrilled with your lower abdomen. Especially as we age, our stomach muscles and support tissues weaken and allow a pooch to form. And don’t even ask what pregnancy and childbirth do to the muscles down there. So, how best to get rid of the pooch, without calling the dogcatcher?

Dr. Kearney uses two different procedures, or often a combination of them, depending on your particular circumstances — liposuction or a tummy tuck. While both procedures have the same goal, a tighter, more contoured stomach, they go about getting it in vastly different ways.

Liposuction may be best

Some people believe that a million crunches will show our belly fat who’s the boss. In reality, fat in the abdominal area is incredibly difficult to affect. You could do every conceivable exercise. You could buy every device you see on late night infomercials promising “rock hard abs.” For many people, the fat will still be there.

Sounds like the perfect use of liposuction. Liposuction targets these stubborn pockets of fat such as love handles, spare tires, and muffin tops. People like liposuction because, while it is invasive, it doesn’t demand the recovery periods of full surgery because the incisions are tiny. Dr. Kearney wants his liposuction patients to be within 10% of their ideal body weight and you should have first tried dietary changes and exercise to get rid of stubborn areas of fat. Liposuction is best for patients who also still have good elasticity in their stomach skin. That is key, so the skin can tighten down after the fat is removed.

Or a tummy tuck could be best

If your skin and muscles in your abdominal area have been stretched for a long period of time, they usually can’t return to their former degree of tautness. Think of a rubber band that has been wrapped around a large item for a long time. When removed, it is permanently stretched. This happens with the human abdominal skin and support muscles. Plus, some pregnancies actually separate the stomach muscles on the front of the abdomen.

A tummy tuck improves the appearance of the midsection by removing loose, hanging abdominal skin and tightening the abdominal muscles for a well-contoured abdomen. This is particularly the case for women who have had children and others who have gained and lost large amounts of weight.

Or maybe both procedures are right for you

If you have issues with both excess fat and skin laxity in the abdominal area, Dr. Kearney combines both liposuction and a tummy tuck as part of your body-contouring plan. Tummy tuck procedures often include some degree of liposuction because it is a more effective way to remove fat pockets.

Turn off the late night TV promising “rock hard abs.” They’re just the snake oil peddlers of today. Instead, consider a tummy tuck and/or liposuction with Dr. Kearney. Call him at (858) 677-9352 to schedule a consultation.

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