MR/MRS SURGERY /ISSUE 9
DOES MY TUM LOOK BIG IN THIS?
A recent survey found that nearly half of women hate their stomachs more than any other part of their body. But don’t give up hope on yours – there are plenty of things you can do to trim, tone and tighten belly bulge.
Most women worry about the size of their bellies but that’s hardly surprising when you consider all the stress we put on our tummies. Hormonal shifts, pregnancy, weight gain and loss, as well as certain food triggers can make it blow up or deflate like a balloon. The stomach is also one area where time takes its toll. As we age the shape, and the size changes particularly during our middle ages when oestrogen levels fall and fat is rerouted towards the waist and stomach, dubbed the menopot. Then, even the flattest of tums will have is ups and downs.
THE TOP BELLY BLITZERS
Hi tech body shaping treatments have come on in leaps and bounds with a number of new technologies to reduce fat and tighten flabby skin with little discomfort and minimal downtime.
FOR FLABBY TUMS
Tite FX is a lunchtime body contouring treatment with no pain or downtime. Radio Frequency and electroporation are used to destroy fat cells as well as boost collagen to tighten and improve skin tone. Four to six weekly hourly treatments recommended from £999 for a course of 6
FOR BELLY BULGE
ProShock is best for small pockets of fat which are diet resistant. It uses cryolipolysis – the next generation of fat freezing – and combines two technologies to break down fat and tighten skin. First, a small plate like device is placed directed onto the skin over the areas to be treated and then rapidly cooled. This crystallises the lipoids in the fat cells so they dissolve, and are then eliminated from the body naturally over the following weeks. Next, high-pressure acoustic waves are targeted over the treated areas to help tighten the skin. Four to six treatments recommended ten days apart but you’ll see results after two. £1500 for a course
FOR BELLY FAT
BodyTite can target stubborn fat pockets which are resistant to diet and exercise. It is a form of energy-assisted liposuction that that works by applying radiofrequency energy at the time of fat removal. The radiofrequency energy heats the tissues, which helps to break down fat and tighten the skin at the same time. After the treatment, a garment needs to be worn for at least four weeks From £2000 depending on the size of the treatment area
TUMMY TONE UP
Viora Reaction is a quick, safe procedure which uses both vacuum massage and radiofrequency (RF). The massage improves blood circulation and lymphatic draining, while the heat produced by RF stimulates new collagen growth for better skin thickness and texture. You’ll need four to six 20-minute treatments for maximum effect and results should last for at least two to three years as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Around £200 per treatment or £990 for a course of six
DO YOU NEED A TUMMY TUCK?
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We always prefer the non-surgical route but there are times when only surgery will do the trick. If you’ve got lots of loose skin, especially after losing a lot of weight or multiple pregnancies, the only way to correct the problem is trimming away the excess is known as an abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck. The incision is positioned near the public bone so it can be hidden by underwear. There are many types of tummy tucks, from a mini-tummy tuck that just focuses on the lower tummy with a small incision, to a traditional tummy tuck that requires a larger scar across the front of the body (but below the bikini line). Some tummy tuck procedures can also address love handles or excess skin and fat on the upper abdomen. But these procedures are no walk in the park. They are expensive, will leave scarring and can be painful .You also have to factor in downtime of at least a month to six weeks for recovery. Cost from £5500
There ‘s no point spending your hard earned cash on treatments only to continue with bad habits. A hectic lifestyle, junk food, and a lack of time to commit to exercise will leave its mark on your middle. Also be aware that belly fat is the most dangerous fat you can have on your body
* Many studies have shown a correlation between diet and a flat tum. Cut back on the two of the belly’s biggest enemies sugar and carbs. In one week you’ll sleep better, feel better and have increased energy. You’ll also see a change in your stomach, too.
*Include fat-free yogurt into your diet as studies show you are then more likely to lose weight around the stomach because of the combination of calcium and protein. Yogurt also contains bacteria to keep your digestive system healthy.
*Flatter stomachs have also been linked to a high-fibre diet as it helps fill up the stomach, preventing constant snacking
*Potbellies won’t snap back into shape without regular strengthening exercises. A daily plank will strengthen and tighten the core. Rest on your elbows, feet on tiptoes and hold for 30 seconds,
*Bloating happens when your body holds on to too much water so include natural diuretics in your diet like cranberries, cabbage, watermelon, beets, artichokes, cucumber, brussel sprouts, lettuce, green tea, tomatoes, asparagus and carrots. Foods that are rich in potassium like bananas, dried plums and avocados also help reduce water retention and Probiotics can help with bloating
Did You Know?
Healthy hormone levels, low stress levels and a good amount of sleep every night will also help you get a flatter stomach.
Weight gain, and tummy bulge are all unavoidable factors of motherhood but unfortunately we’re seeing many new mums who are totally unprepared for how much their body will change. And because they see celebrities snap back in shape after a couple of weeks they put huge pressure on themselves to do the same and get depressed when it doesn’t happen. As much as every new mum wants to back in her regular skinny jeans immediately after giving birth, it’s unrealistic. Many new mums can still look six months pregnant weeks after giving birth and this is totally normal. One of the most common post pregnancy complaints is a soft flabby belly which can be due to overstretched abdominal muscles. As the abdomen expands the two vertical muscles can separate and the tough tissue between the muscles called the fascia stretches. You can strengthen the muscle with exercise but sometimes surgery is the only option. But it’s vital not to jump into this. First if you are nursing it’s best to lose baby weight slowly and steadily and not to start any exercise programme until at least six weeks after giving birth. As for surgery, new mums should wait until at lease six months before even considering it to give their bodies and hormones a chance to return to normal And if you are considering having more children you shouldn’t undertake any abdominal surgery until after you’ve had your family. Abdominal surgery especially when its combined with another procedure like a breast lift has an uncomfortable recovery and includes limitations as to what you can lift.
AB FAB IN A FLASH
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If you can’t beat it, take a tip from Kim Kardashian and conceal it Body shaping underwear is an instant figure fix that will flatten the stomach and give a smoother outline. Most of the high street stores sell these garments.