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Tummy Tuck Vs Lipo

Tummy Tuck Vs Lipo: Which Do I Need? What is Liposuction? Very simply, liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove fat from your body.  Performed under local anesthesia, a small cannula is used to suction fat cells away from the treated body area.  Its not jsut about removing the fat, but removing it in a way to produce a thinner fat layer with pleasing curves and contours.  As a result, there is a great deal of artistry and creativity required by the surgeon to produce great results. The advantages of liposuction is that it is minimally invasive, is performed under local anesthesia, has minimal downtime and is relatively inexpensive.  The disadvantages of liposuction is that it does not address large amounts of excess skin and cannot repair separated abdominal muscles. What is a Tummy Tuck? As it name implies, a tummy tuck is designed to surgically address a loose abdomen typically produced after childbirth.  Requiring general anesthesia, a tummy tuck involves removal of excess abdominal skin as well as repairing loose abdominal muscles.  The desired effect is to produce a thinner and tighter abdomen and waist. The advantages of a tummy tuck is that large amounts of excess skin including stretch marks are permanently removed from the body and the ability to directly repair loose abdominal muscles.  The disadvantages of a tummy tuck include the need to “go under”, a large scar and the increased downtime and expense. Tummy Tuck vs Lipo So what do I need, a tummy tuck or lipo?  This is a very individualized question that depends on your body concerns and the results that you desire.  If you have a minimal amount of loose skin and more excess fat, liposuction is best for you.  However, if you have a large amount of loose abdominal skin and stretch marks, as well a bulging abdomen due to stretched out muscles, a tummy tuck would be best for you.  The best way to make this decision is during a free consultation with us!…

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How to Lose Belly Fat.

Losing Belly Fat Depends on the Type of Fat Lots of us have it.  Annoying belly fat that ruins our appearance and saps our self-esteem.  But when we look around, we can see that there are many types of belly fat.  There are those with beer bellies, large, protuberant abdomens that almost mimic pregnancy.  On the other end of the spectrum, are those with small rolls that hang over the belt line.   Then in between, we see those with loose skin and belly fat.  Just as the types of belly fat differ, the significance and treatment of each varies also. The Beer Belly or Visceral Fat. The worst type of belly fat to have is the beer belly.  It’s name is derived from men who consume large amounts of alcohol.  Beer tends to be rich in excess amounts of empty calories.  It is not only cosmetically displeasing, but the health consequences of this type of fat are very significant.  When you look at this type of belly fat you will notice that only a small amount of fat is found under the surface of the skin.  This is because the vast majority of this fat is contained inside of the abdomen itself and is known as visceral fat.  Visceral fat is a very  dangerous fat to have in excess.  It is very biologically active and has many ill effects on the body to include insulin resistance and diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Unfortunately this fat is not accessible with surgery or other noninvasive procedures.  It only responds to a medical weight loss diet and exercise.   It is critical to loose weight to prevent the health consequences of excess visceral fat. As the weight is lost, the cosmetic concerns can also be addressed. Pinchable (Subcutaneous) Belly Fat. In contrast to beer bellies, are those with significant pinchable layers (subcutaneous) of belly fat. Although less dangerous than visceral fat, this type of fat still has negative impacts on health and appearance.   This type of fat responds not only to weight loss and exercise, but also surgical and noninvasive procedures.  Liposuction is ideal to remove this fat as well as sculpt its shape to accentuate natural body curves.   Liposuction alternative procedures like Coolsculpting can freeze this fat layer for long-lasting reduction. Loose Skin and Belly Fat. Further complicating belly fat for many women is loose skin.  In fact, the belly fat gives the loose skin support and removing it can worsen the skin laxity.  In these situations, another modality must be introduced to deal with the loose skin.  Heat can be added either internally via laser liposuction or from the outside (Venus Freeze) to induce skin tightening.  Heat can deliver a good amount of tightening without large incisions.  But in many patients, the amount of excess skin exceeds the capability of the laser or other heating devices.   These cases require excision of excess skin via a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.  Liposuction and heat can be combined with a tummy tuck for optimal results. Do I need liposuction or a tummy tuck? …

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How Much Tummy Tuck?

Healthy weight loss can be great for your health, self-esteem, and appearance. But for some, shedding pounds quickly can lead to an excess of loose skin. Pregnancy and child birth can also lead to weakened abdominal muscles and loose abdominal skin. The most popular surgical option for dealing with the issues of excess skin from quick weight loss is an abodminoplasty, or a tummy tuck.  How much tummy tuck? What is a Tummy Tuck? A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. In other words, a tummy tuck allows the rest of your body to catch up with your rapid weight loss. When an overweight individual loses a lot of weight–50 pounds or more–sometimes they reach their healthy weight, but are still not satisfied with their body. The sagging skin can still be detrimental to the individual’s self-esteem. For an individual who has lost a great deal of weight, getting a tummy tuck is often the last step of obtaining the slim figure that he or she feels comfortable in. If you think that a tummy tuck may be right for you, contact the professionals at Beleza Medical Spa today. How Much Tummy Tuck? The tummy tuck cost depends on several factors.  The first is the amount of skin and abdominal muscle looseness that needs to be repaired.  Some patients have a small amount of excess skin that needs to be removed, while other can have a large amount.  Some patients have a great deal of stretch marks that require more skin removal.  The factors determine the operative time and hence the tummy tuck cost is different for every patient.  Other tummy tuck price factors include the facility fee, anesthesia fee and the surgeon’s fee.  See some plastic surgery prices here.…

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