3 Effective Ways to Battle Belly Bulge

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The midsection is a common problem area for men and women alike. Many find it hard to lose belly fat and feel self-conscious about their appearance. If you’re trying to slim down for summer, good news: Center for Plastic Surgery has the body contouring tools you need.

Our practice offers both surgical and nonsurgical solutions for trimming away belly fat. Whether it’s liposuction, CoolSculpting®, or a tummy tuck, our Washington, DC, patients can choose the procedure that’s right for them.

Liposuction

Liposuction before and after

Liposuction is one of the most popular body contouring treatments on the market. The procedure is an excellent way to remove fat directly and reshape the body. Surgery is performed by the doctor making a small incision and inserting a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula suctions out unwanted fat and permanently removes the cells.

Liposuction is best for those who have localized areas of fat and want quick, dramatic results. Most patients can resume regular activities, such as walking and driving, around 5 to 7 days after surgery.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting before and after

CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical, noninvasive option that can freeze away “pinchable” areas of fat. During treatment, the patient relaxes in a reclined chair while a CoolSculpting applicator is placed against the skin. As the device applies cool air to the target area, the fat cells beneath the skin begin to freeze. These dead cells are later shed, and the size of the fatty area is reduced.

CoolSculpting works well for those with good skin elasticity and are within 10 pounds of their ideal weight. It also requires no lengthy recovery time so patients can return to their regular routines immediately after treatment.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck before and after

Out of all the body contouring options, tummy tuck surgery is arguably the most transformative. The procedure removes unwanted fat and loose, saggy skin while also toning and slimming the midsection. This option is often involved in a mommy makeover, helping mothers regain their old pre-pregnancy body.  A tummy tuck can also correct any stubborn “belly pooch” appearance by stitching together weakened or detached abdominal muscles.

Tummy tuck surgery is best for those who struggle with permanently stretched skin or separated abdominal muscles. Surgery requires a recovery time of around 3 weeks, but the results are worth the investment.

Body contouring procedures are a great way to get “summer ready” and feel more confident wearing shorts or a swimsuit. But no matter which contouring option you choose, be sure to find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. 

If you would like to learn more about your tummy tuck, liposuction, or CoolSculpting options in the Washington, DC, area, please request a consultation online. You can also contact the practice by phone at  (703) 560-2850.

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