Congratulations! You changed your diet by adding in lots of fruits and vegetables, concentrating on high-quality protein and good fats, and switching from sugary drinks and alcohol to water and green tea. You devised an effective exercise regimen that you diligently practice at least 3 times a week, alternating aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training.
Your discipline has paid off. You’ve lost 5 (or 10, 20, or 30+) pounds! It’s an amazing accomplishment — one that should make you feel proud. And yet…
You don’t look as good as you thought you would.
You may even still have stubborn pockets of fat that will not budge, no matter how much you restrict your calories or how often you go to the gym.
And despite the dozens crunches you do each week, your abdominal muscles have all the strength and elasticity of a stretched-out rubber band.
Worst of all, without that excess fat to support it, your abdominal skin looks wrinkly, droopy, and/or saggy.
Even your trainer is puzzled.
If this scenario sounds familiar to you, it may be time for a tummy tuck Las Vegas, also known as abominoplasty
Some Fat Is Genetic
Don’t blame yourself if you are frustrated that you haven’t been able to obtain the physique you want, or reclaim your pre-baby figure through willpower and discipline alone. Stubborn pockets of fat that accumulate on the lower abdomen, flanks and hips are often genetically determined. That means you cannot get rid of them yourself. Your trainer can’t help you, either.
Aging, pregnancy and nursing can also wreak havoc on your hormones, causing you to retain fat.
The only way to remove those exercise-resistant bulges is through liposuction or a noninvasive fat removal technique that kills fat cells.
Beyond the Gym
If you have stubborn abdominal fat, loose abdominal muscles and sagging skin, it’s time to move beyond the gym. The only way to effectively sculpt your body and reclaim a taut, smooth abdomen is through a tummy tuck.
More Than Liposuction
What is a tummy tuck? A tummy tuck is a series of procedures designed to re-sculpt and rejuvenate your abdominal area so that you can get that toned and athletic physique you’ve been working toward. A tummy tuck may consist of some or all of the following:
- Liposuction to remove stubborn fat
- Surgically tightening the abdominal muscles
- Tightening the abdominal skin
- Removing excess skin
You may even opt for
- Microliposculpture that removes fat around muscles to emphasize them (think six-pack abs)
If you believe you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck, Dr. Julio Garcia — the best plastic surgeon in Las Vegas -- is based in Henderson, NV. Dr. Garcia can work with you to sculpt your body to get as close to your ideal figure as possible.
Will You Benefit From a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction and tummy tucks are body sculpting techniques, not weight loss procedures. Therefore, they are most effective on people who are at or near their ideal weight. However, if you are slightly overweight, you could also benefit from a tummy tuck, provided you have a realistic idea of what your results can be. Dr. Garcia will be able to explain to you what kinds of differences you can expect after a tummy tuck.
If you think a tummy tuck might be the procedure you need to reward yourself for your weight loss, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I at or near my ideal weight?
Do I understand the a tummy tuck is a sculpting procedure, not a weight-loss procedure?
- Do I have “pinchable” fat on my abdomen that isn’t responding to diet and exercise?
- Do I have loose abdominal muscles that are not responding to exercise?
- Do I have loose abdominal skin?
- Can I arrange for time off from work to recover from major surgery?
- Can I arrange for childcare during my recovery period?
- Can I arrange for household help during my recovery period?
- Do I have someone to take me home after my procedure and help me rest for the first few days?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, you are probably an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck.
Removing the Excess Fat — for Good
A tummy tuck usually begins with liposuction. If you have a great deal of abdominal fat, you may even have your liposuction performed as a separate procedure. In that case, Dr. Garcia would recommend you wait at least three months before proceeding to abdominoplasty.
If you have just a small amount of punchable fat (1 to 4 inches), the liposuction will be performed as part of your tummy tuck. Dr. Garcia performs tumescent liposuction, which entails injecting the area to be treated with a special solution composed of saline, lidocaine (to control pain and obviate the need for general anesthesia), adrenalin (to control bleeding) and sodium bicarbonate (to break up the fat and make it easier to remove). Dr. Garcia can also use ultrasound energy to help dissolve the fat and facilitate its removal.
Liposuction alone no longer needs to be performed under general anesthesia — owing to anesthetic properties of the tumescent fluid. However, if you are having an abdominoplasty, Dr. Garcia will perform the liposuction under general anesthesia at the same time that he performs the rest of your surgery.
To suction away the fat, Dr. Garcia makes small incisions into which he inserts microcannulas — very thin metal straws. The straws are attached to a machine that vacuums up the adipose tissue (otherwise known as fat). These incisions are so small that they do not cause scarring.
The advent of tumescent liposuction and microcannulas has dramatically increased the uniformity of liposuction results. These two developments have also made liposuction easier to tolerate and have lessened the recovery period.
Tightening the Abdominals
If your abdominal muscles are lax, Dr. Garcia will tighten them surgically during your tummy tuck. He will need to make an incision that runs from one pubis bone to the other — just under the bikini line. Though the incision will scar, it can be treated afterward with microneedling and lasers to fade its appearance.
Your navel will be detached from the underlying tissue and repositioned at the end of the tummy tuck. Dr. Garcia will then stitch the abdominal muscles tightly together. When they heal, they will be tauter and stronger than before.
Tightening the Skin
After the abdominal muscles have been tightened, Dr. Garcia will turn his attention to your skin. It will be stretched and repositioned so that it lays flat and smoothly against the underlying muscles. The excess skin is then trimmed, the navel repositioned, and the skin sutured back together.
A Mini Tummy Tuck
If you do not need to tighten your underlying abdominal muscles and only have a moderate amount of loose skin, Dr. Garcia may be able to perform a Mini Tummy Tuck. In this procedure, a small incision is made just above the public hair. The scar will barely be visible once it heals.
Recovering From a Tummy Tuck
After your tummy tuck, you will need someone to drive you home and help you for the first 24 to 48 hours. Your main recovery period will be about 2 weeks. During this time you should not work, exercise, do household tasks or attempt child care.
After three to four weeks, you can add in some moderate activities. However, you will not be ready to return to your full routine for at least 6 weeks.
Once you heal, your abdominal area will be flat, taut and youthful.
Reward Your Weight Loss With a Tummy Tuck
After all the hard work you did to lose weight, there is no reason to feel dissatisfied with your physique. Dr. Garcia will be happy to consult with you to determine if he can help you reach your ideal body goals with a tummy tuck.