18 Jul A perfect abdomen sometimes needs more than exercise
Many are the people who are frustrated by not getting a perfect abdomen. This is usually one of the areas that most worries women, especially those who have had several pregnancies. If we browse the internet a bit or take a look at fashion and health magazines, especially for the summer, we can see a large number of body treatments, sports programs and eating habits focused exclusively on achieving the “six pack”.
“Look at my belly”, “my belly is swollen”, “my abs don’t show up” Do these phrases sound familiar to you? Many patients who come to Dr. Brasó’s Clinic explain this concern to us and come looking for a solution. The aesthetic demands of achieving a flat and toned tummy can cause a lot of frustration when we have tried everything. However, it is not only an aesthetic issue that, apparently, is what worries the most.
Keeping this central area of the body fit and toned gives strength to the core and offers control to body movement; It intervenes in the support of the spine and internal organs, so exercising it promotes the acquisition of a correct posture and prevents back pain.
Many patients who come to Dr. Brasó’s Clinic explain this concern to us and come looking for a solution.
Why is it so difficult to get a defined abdomen?
Many people start an exercise routine, as well as specific diets to flatten the abdomen, with the intention of seeing results in their body, and yet, many of them end up giving up as they do not show a great change in the expected time. Although perseverance and effort are essential, sometimes it may not be enough. What causes the shyness of the abdominal muscles? Why is it so hard to bring them out?
- The abdominal area is the place in the body where the most fat tends to accumulate and, although we all have abdominal muscles, the adipose tissue ends up covering them, especially in the lower abdomen as a result of gravity. This is what is known as visceral fat and it is the last to disappear, which is why it is so difficult for the muscle to end up being marked. As a solution, at the Doctora Brasó Clinic we carry out abdominoplasty, also known as abdominal lipectomy, a surgery that consists of the removal of excess skin and abdominal fat.
- Another reason that usually prevents the achievement of a flat and firm abdomen is muscle flaccidity where genetics seems to play an important role, body aging conditions that flaccidity is a chronic and progressive process. In this way, during abdominal surgery, muscle flaccidity in this area of the body is also corrected.
- If we focus on food, excessive calorie intake contributes to generating high levels of insulin, and therefore, to the creation of body fat. Insulin stores dietary carbohydrates in the muscles and liver. When reserves are full, the body needs to store this excess glucose and does so as fat.
At the Doctora Brasó Clinic we carry out abdominoplasty, also known as abdominal lipectomy, a surgery that consists of the removal of excess skin and abdominal fat.
What benefits does abdominoplasty provide?
It is a more common surgical intervention than we think. Every year at the Doctora Brasó Clinic we successfully perform tummy tucks. According to a study carried out by the SECPRE (Spanish Society of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), liposuction, especially abdominoplasty, is in third place among the most performed aesthetic interventions in our country, after facial surgeries and mammoplasties. increase or decrease. The success that these types of surgeries have achieved is due to the effectiveness and ease with which they are carried out.
Abdominal surgery removes excess skin and fat from this area of the body and strengthens the abdominal muscles. With it, what we colloquially know as “gut” disappears. Whether it is a complete or mini surgery, it provides excellent results, being in most cases definitive, as long as a balanced diet and frequent exercise are followed. In addition, it should be noted that in this type of intervention the scars are not visible, even with a bikini or underwear.
At the Dra Brasó Clinic we usually recommend this surgery to women who have a relatively good figure but who are worried about the accumulation of fat, or about the excess skin that usually remains after a sudden weight loss, and who do not improve despite diet and exercise. It should be noted that this intervention is usually especially useful in women who have had several pregnancies.
Liposuction, especially abdominoplasty, is in the third place of the most performed aesthetic interventions in our country.
How is the intervention carried out?
We can talk about two types, if the patient only has fat accumulation in the area below the navel, a simpler procedure called mini-abdominoplasty may be sufficient. A full abdominoplasty in which excess skin and fat are removed from the entire abdomen usually takes between 2 and 4 hours, and a mini-tummy tuck between 1 and 2 hours.
Both types require an overnight stay and are performed under general anesthesia in which we apply a revolutionary anesthesia technique that makes the postoperative period much lighter and the recovery faster and more efficient. Our anesthetist, Dr. Juan Bernardo Schuitemaker, has designed this technique, which he has been practicing for more than 10 years, and which reduces the intensity of postoperative pain by between 70% and 90% during the acute phase of the first week after surgery. operation. We use a much safer anesthesia with which patients hardly suffer, thus having a good memory of the process.