You revised your eating habits, stopped eating empty calories from soda and candy and added exercise to your daily routines. If you look in the mirror and still see a dreaded “muffin top” or “apron belly,” you might feel frustrated. When you continue to do everything possible to sculpt your body, a tummy tuck might be a good choice to continue with your progress. Here are three ways in which a tummy tuck can improve the way you look and how you feel about yourself.
Target Areas That Are Resistant to Toning
Many people have a body shape that is resistant to toning in certain areas. The tummy is notoriously difficult to flatten or tone. Even if you have cut back on your calorie intake, eliminated sugar and other inflammatory foods from your diet and started a workout regimen to target your abdominal muscles, you might still deal with extra fat around your belly and waistline. A tummy tuck allows you to swiftly get rid of the fat that makes an apron belly or muffin top. Instead of spending hours every day trying to tone those areas through exercise, you can relax a little and cut back your exercise to a more moderate level.
Fit Your Pants Better
The muffin top and apron belly can make it difficult to fit into your pants, shorts or skirts. If the pants fit great in the legs and seat, you might be trying to squeeze your tummy or waist into your clothes. The result is discomfort and an unsightly bulge. When you prefer a more sculpted look without any lumps, a tummy tuck may be the right choice. If you have already lost the weight and are at a healthy body mass index, the tummy tuck procedure gets rid of the extra skin that is the cause of many apron bellies and muffin tops. After a tummy tuck, your skin will be smoother and regain some of its elasticity. You will also feel better about the way you look in fitted clothing.
Repair Loose Muscles
Any type of abdominal surgery, rapid weight gain or rapid weight loss can lead to loose abdominal muscles. Women who have had a full-term pregnancy or had a c-section know that those loose muscles are difficult to tighten, even after they lose the baby weight. Loose muscles do not lay flat. Instead, they flop and bulge. During a tummy tuck to remove extra fat and skin, you can also have those loose abdominal muscles tightened. Strategic stitching gets the muscles back into their proper position. As you heal, you can begin exercising those muscles. This helps them get stronger and flatter. The flat abdominal muscles create a sleek profile and help you get rid of the apron belly or muffin top look. A nutritious diet with plenty of protein to encourage muscle repair and growth is also a wise idea for flattening your tummy and cinching your waistline.
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