Improve Your Abs - Five Popular Treatments for a Fit and Firm Stomach
So you're gearing up for summer and you'd prefer to strut the beach with perfectly chiseled abs. Or perhaps you're going to your best friend’s wedding and you need to work off some belly fat in order to fit into your bridesmaid’s dress. Maybe you're heading to your high school reunion and you don't want the after-effects of pregnancy to show.
It doesn't matter how badly we desire a firm stomach or why we want it. The bottom line is that it can take a lot of work to achieve. Unfortunately, even spending up to 40 hours a week in the gym won't fix certain stomach flaws. But those who are motivated enough can undergo cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of their abs.
1. Liposuction of the Stomach
Liposuction can target specific areas of the stomach, including the love handles, stubborn pockets of belly fat, and flanks. Resculpting trouble areas can help patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their abs, those who have spent considerable time in the gym but still have certain problem areas, and women who have been pregnant. Additionally, advances in liposuction techniques have led to shorter recovery periods.
2. Body by Thermage™
Although liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the Unites States, many people do not want to undergo a surgical procedure simply to improve their appearance. Those men and women may be appropriate candidates for Body by Thermage™, a non-invasive treatment that can be performed on the arms, stomach, thighs, and backside. This tightening treatment targets aged and lax skin, firming problem areas without the use of needles or scalpels.
3. Abdominal Etching
Not everyone has the discipline or body type to have the sculpted, defined abs of David. Cosmetic surgeons have responded by offering abdominal etching to patients who desire washboard abs but have been unable to attain them on their own. During the abdominal etching procedure, plastic surgeons use liposuction to remove fat along the lines of the abdominal muscles. However, in order to maintain etched-out abs, patients must adhere to a proper diet and exercise program post-surgery.
4. Six-Pack Spray Tan
Well, we can't all afford abdominal etching – nor do most people care to deal with the scars and recovery associated with the procedure. These people can instead opt for the six-pack spray tan (famously debuted by diva-extraordinaire Mariah Carey when she released The Emancipation of Mimi) with their local tanning specialist. Using a paint-spray machine that is filled with self-tanning solution, tanning artists can mimic the appearance of a six-pack by darkening the lines surrounding the abdominal muscles.
5. Tummy Tuck
Losing a massive amount of weight is generally a life-changing, proud moment for men and women – until they realize that their excess weight is being replaced by an accumulation of extra skin. While many of those who have lost weight expected to have the freedom to bare their skin in the sun, they still find themselves covering up and avoiding outdoor activities. These men and women can benefit from a tummy tuck, which is designed to tighten loose belly skin and flatten the stomach.
There are a range of cosmetic treatments that can be performed in the abdominal region to address various figure flaws. Some of the other treatments we considered for our top-five list include:
- Laser hair removal: Hate shaving or plucking the hair on your stomach? Undergo laser hair removal for permanent results.
- Laser stretch mark removal: No amount of exercise will make stretch marks go away; laser stretch mark removal is fast becoming the most popular treatment for this figure flaw.
- Body microdermabrasion: Slough away dead skin with body microdermabrasion and reveal newer, smoother skin.
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