Along with drastic weight loss, there are several factors that lead to loose skin around your midsection. As we age, we lose collagen resulting in the skin all over your body to lose firmness. The good news is there are several ways to firm up your abdominal area, whether it’s a problem area due to weight loss or aging.
Exercise and Healthier Diet
A combination of resistance training, aerobic exercises, and a healthy diet can help you lose body fat, which will firm up your abdominal area. A lifelong commitment to a fitness routine is key to keeping the weight off and staying in shape especially since poor choices in your diet can lead to weight gain and an increase in fat mass, which has the potential to stretch out your skin. When it comes to specific exercises to strengthen your abdominal area, the exercise needs to be intense enough to train your muscles to increase tone, so adding weights, bands, cables and other resistance tools can help. A safe and basic routine is approachable for just about everyone. A physical therapist or your general practitioner can help recommend a routine that fits your needs and contours to any physical restrictions.
There are several types of surgery that can be performed to target loose abdominal skin. Abdominal wall surgery is a procedure that improves the appearance of flabby, stretched-out abdominal muscles and skin. It is also commonly called a tummy tuck. It can range from a simple mini-tummy tuck to more extensive surgery.
Thermage. As we age, the collagen that keeps our skin firm breaks down resulting in aging skin that contains fine lines and wrinkles. Thermage treatment uses radio-frequency technology to heat the deeper, collagen-rich layers of the skin, resulting in a more toned appearance.
CoolSculpting. This unique procedure is very popular as it’s non-invasive and very effective. CoolSculpting’s fat-freezing technology gives long-term results that make trouble spots a lot less troubling. Fat cells don’t like the cold and at a certain temperature, they will freeze. Once that happens, your body will naturally eliminate the dead cells in approximately 1-3 months, resulting in up to 20%-25% reduction of fat in the treated area.
Body FX. BodyFX is a new, safe, state-of-the-art, long-lasting, non-invasive solution for fat reduction and body contouring. BodyFX melts fat cells and can provide a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Making use of radio frequency energy, deep tissue heating, and light vacuum pressure, the BodyFX applicator distributes heat to the skin and underlying fat causing the tissue to heat and contract to tighten the skin and melt fat cells over time. This is a safe procedure to use on all parts of the body with stubborn fat reserves.
Everyone’s body is different, but fortunately, with a variety of available and safe procedures there’s surely one to suit your unique needs. The recovery time, cost, and number of treatments needed varies amongst each procedure. The experienced staff at Hillelson-Whipple Clinic are available to answer all of your questions about which procedure is best for you and we welcome you to inquire further. Contact us to make an appointment for a consultation with our professionals in our state-of-the art practice.