Tummy tuck is becoming less and less popular owing to the myriad side effects and complications involved in this surgery. Thus, people have started exploring other alternatives for it which are described in the article below.
Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty essentially means removing excess skin and fat from your lower abdomen. This is a major invasive surgery, which results in a leaner and taut abdomen after the surgery. However, it is mostly considered as a last resort when all of your other options of losing weight are exhausted. Moreover, this surgery is not suitable for everyone. You should not consider this surgery if you are planning to lose a lot of weight or if you are planning to have babies. The reason is that the abdominal muscles that have been made firmer at the time of surgery are likely to separate during pregnancy. Moreover, there are a lot of side effects and complications post surgery which make this surgery quite risky. This is the reason why many people are resorting to some alternatives that promise the results that are comparable with plastic surgery.
Popular Alternatives for Tummy Tuck
Liposuction is a form of cosmetic surgery that uses the principle of suction to remove excess fat from the body. An insertion is made at the site of surgery through which a small tube (cannula) is inserted along with a suction device. This suction device or aspirator sucks the fat cells from the body which are drained out of the body through the tube. In this way, all the excess fat depositions in the body can be removed.
The main advantage of this surgery is that, unlike tummy tuck, it can be performed on any part of the body. Moreover, the small incision results in less scarring, as opposed to large, prominent scars that occur in abdominoplasty. Also, the surgery is nearly bloodless, which reduces the hazards of fluid loss and infections. Thus, liposuction is an ideal alternative to it.
Thermage is a technique that uses high frequency radio waves to stimulate collagen production in the skin. In this procedure, the radio waves penetrate deep in the layers of the skin and heat it. At the same time, the layers of the skin near the surface are cooled. The heating of layers stimulates the skin’s natural renewal process. Thus, the existing collagen (a tissue responsible for tautness of skin) is tightened and new collagen production is promoted. Eventually, you end up with a firm and youthful skin. This is a good technique to correct the sagging or wrinkles on the skin after sudden weight loss. This is a non-invasive surgery with no recovery time. Thus, this is a great alternative to tummy tuck for older women, combating the problem of sagging belly.
Natural Sculpting System
This is a comparatively newer technique, which promises overnight results. Although, there are quite a few people who might vouch for its efficacy, there is an equal number of people who dismiss it as a scam. This system consists of lotion, gel, and sculpting cloths. The lotion, which consists of ingredients like urea, green tea, rosemary, yarrow, and bladderwrack can be applied to the entire body or only target areas. Before applying gel, one needs to open the pores by taking a hot shower or steam.
The gel is applied in a thin layer on the target areas and is then covered with the sculpting cloth. Although, you should keep it overnight for best outcome, the results may become evident in a couple of hours. There is still no medical evidence to support the tall claims made by various manufacturing companies. But since the ingredients are natural, you might as well give it a try. The use of this product is advised in conjunction with your diet and exercise regimen for weight loss.
Although, these were some of the popular and relatively safer alternatives for tummy tuck, one must go for them only under the proper supervision of your physician. Also, one must not undermine the importance of healthy diet and exercises for leading a healthy lifestyle.