“Should I Get a Tummy Tuck?”

Dr. Golshani is one of the leading tummy tuck surgeons in Beverly Hills. As a result, he has had the opportunity to dramatically change lives through the power of plastic surgery – specifically tummy tuck.

“Should I Get a Tummy Tuck?”

Chances are this is the one question that you have been going back and forth on in your mind, right? Tummy tucks are a powerful procedure. What this means is that they have the ability to cause positive life-changing results. And for many women, it has been the solution to their ever-growing problem – an inability to shave off unwanted belly fat.

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Did you know the patient above was one of Dr. Golshani’s? She was an ordinary, average woman who was skeptical about tummy tuck at first, but was convinced after she had seen her friend undergo the procedure with positive results.

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Exercise and dieting haven’t helped? You would make a great candidate for tummy tuck. Dr. Golshani offers tummy tuck in Beverly Hills as a way to help women restore their body image & dramatically increase their self-esteem.

How to Tighten Abdomen Without Use of Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy causes your abdominal muscles to stretch extensively, leading to something called myofascial laxity. Additionally, many women also develop diastasis, which refers to the gap between the two vertically oriented abdominal muscles – rectus abdominis.

Surgeons can recommend a variety of procedures to correct abdominal laxity, including an umbilical float modified tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck, or even a full abdominoplasty, which can be performed with or without abdominal muscle repair or liposuction. While these procedures are effective, you should consider other ways of tightening your abdomen before rushing to plastic surgery.

Core Exercises

According to expert trainers, the abdominal muscles are the easiest to engage without using any equipment, because you can work them by doing something as simple as pulling your belly in and holding that position. Exercises that help with this include:

1. Cardiovascular Activity

Cardiovascular exercise is important for not only burning fat but also forming a leaner midsection. According to the CDS, healthy adults need a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate cardio weekly to see good results.

These moderate activities include brisk walking, water aerobics, and riding a bike on ground level. As you get stronger, it is important that you increase calorie burning with more vigorous activity, like running (for only 1.25 hours a week).

2. Squat With Twist

You should also consider tightening the sides of your abdominais with this exercise. The squat and twist tones both the legs and sides of core muscles. According to “Fitness” magazine,

  • Assume a standing position
  • Lower your body into the squat position
  • Keep your weight on the heels, and don’t extend your knees beyond your toes, and then extend your arms in front of your body
  • Slowly twist to your left using your core muscles – keeping the midsection engaged
  • Return to starting position and repeat 8 times.

3. Try Pelvic Tilts

This is a great workout for your deep core muscles. To get started,

  • Lie on an exercise mat
  • Bend your knees slightly, keeping your arms to the side of your body
  • Contract the core muscles as you lift your pelvis off the ground
  • Hold for 5 seconds and release
  • Repeat 10 times per workout

4. Other Abdominal Exercises

This does not refer to the standard abs exercises like crunches or sit-ups that are mundane – though they also get results. You need some more practical and fun ways to tone your belly when doing regular activities. Consider exercises such as pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, air bike, and bridge exercises, among others.

While exercises are a great way to shed fat, they cannot tighten your skin or solve diastasis. It can also be hard to target specific areas where you want to shed fat. So, when exercises have deemed unsatisfactory for your abdomen-tightening goals, it may be time to try out a tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck Advantages to Keep in Mind…

Most often we mistake a tummy tuck as a weight loss tool, however, tummy tucks are used for more than just weight loss. Exercise in unable to tighten loose skin that may have resulted from a pregnancy, so no matter how much exercise you perform… the weight may come off, but the skin will still appear stretched. A tummy tuck can correct this. Problem spots where your body has decided to store fat often cannot be fully resolved through exercise and tummy tucks are a great way to correct this as well.

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Rachel Hollis, Mom of 3, Sparks Movement to Embrace Pregnancy Stretch Marks

tummy tuck for stretch marksIn recent news, a viral photo of a mother in CA gained a huge liking in a very short amount of time. The photo was a fun shot of the woman featuring her bikini body after having gone through 3 pregnancies over the years. Her children are now 8, 6, and 2, but her message is what encouraged many other mothers out there to embrace their bodies despite how self-conscious they may feel:

“I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy… (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!!) and I wear a bikini. I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could. I wear a bikini because the only man who’s opinion matters knows what I went through to look this way. That same man says he’s never seen anything sexier than my body, marks and all. They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride!”

I Don’t See A Problem?

If you view or have viewed her photo* (link below), most will come to the conclusion that nothing really seems wrong with her body. Sure, signs of pregnancy show, but really what’s the big issue here?

The issue lies deeper than what you see in the photo. It’s an issue many pregnant mothers battle with after carrying a child for 9 months: stretch marks. Stretch marks cause many formerly pregnant women to feel very self-conscious about ever stepping back into a bikini again.

This is why a tummy tuck procedure performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon offers so much relief to pregnant mothers who are not satisfied with their stretch marks. A tummy tuck can fully smooth out or tone the abdominal area and remove a large area of stretch marks, while also restoring shape and definition.

As we can see here, this woman took an approach many do not: embracing the stretch marks as a statement to being blessed with pregnancy. Certainly a great outlook! It resonated so well with other mothers that it compelled them to post their own bikini shots. It was great to see that mothers can be happy with or without the use of plastic surgery!

*The photo can be viewed on her Facebook or Instagram.

Dr. Golshani is a board-certified tummy tuck surgeon in Beverly Hills with ample experience in dramatically changing lives through the use of cosmetic surgery. Dr. Golshani performs a wide range of surgical procedures including breast augmentation, Botox, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, liposuction, and many other procedures designed to bring out your beauty.

Post Op Weight Gain After Tummy Tuck: Should I Be Worried?

The key to long-lasting results relies on dedication to looking slim.

So you decided to get a tummy tuck, and everything went smoothly, literally and figuratively. Great! Congratulations! Getting your body the way you want it is not only a confidence booster, it’s… well it’s pretty much just a confidence booster. Let’s be honest. What it can do is give you a viable shortcut to what looks like good health, but if you don’t properly maintain your food intake and stress and hormone levels, you could gain weight in the very area you’ve just “lost”.

“It’s Not a Cure All”

Dr. Daniel Golshani, a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, agrees that weight gain is always a possibility, tummy tuck or no tummy tuck. And abdominoplasty is not a cure-all.

He mentions that “we have fat cells superficial to the abdominal wall and inside the abdominal cavity. Weight gain will stretch the skin and will stretch the muscles to allow for the fat cells to grow, so you lose the benefit of the muscle and skin tightening.”

Thinking Long Term…

With this in mind, tummy tuck patients have little to worry about if they plan to incorporate a solid lifestyle of exercise and healthy eating. Over-eating or falling back into poor lifestyle runs you the risk of losing that muscle and skin tightening effect you paid for. You can incorporate moderate exercise and start retraining those abdominal muscles roughly 6 weeks of recovery. Prior to that, walking and light exercise, such as elliptical or cycling is safe to start just a week after surgery.

There’s one positive aspect of weight gain after abdominoplasty, but men don’t apply. Women can, and should, gain weight if they become pregnant post-tummy tuck. If this happens, women can have a completely normal pregnancy and the tummy tuck procedure, if done properly, should not affect the quality or term in any way.

That being said, tummy tuck results can be permanent, with no weight gain, but it’s up to you!

I’m Having Trouble Deciding on a Regular or Mini Tummy Tuck?

Men and women all over the world experience excess fat in the midsection. We gain weight, we lose weight, and the cycle goes on and on. Fat and loose skin does not discriminate against gender, race, creed or color. The battle of the bulge happens to the best of us, for many reasons – stress, emotional over-eating, pregnancy, and/or addiction. If you’re experiencing weight gain and loss that results in loose skin, or tired of looking at that tummy pouch that no longer serves the purpose of carrying a child, you might be considering a tummy tuck.

What Route to Take? Mini or Regular Tummy Tuck?

First, it is important to understand what each procedure is.

Dr. Daniel Golshani explains that a mini tummy tuck is “a procedure for the area from the belly button to just below the ‘swimsuit line’. It’s also referred to as a lower tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck covers the entire abdomen, above and below the belly button.”

How do you choose?

It is in fact, up to the belly button. If the skin around the belly button needs firming, only a full, regular tummy tuck will remedy any stretching or loose skin there. Otherwise, a mini tummy tuck may be the best option.

Both options essentially re-drape the skin, correcting or tightening any loose or overstretched skin on the abdomen. The scarring is minimal for both surgeries. Dr. Golshani understands the right techniques to make the scar lines on par with lines we get from our clothing – hiding any scarring that may be present.

Tummy Tucks After Pregnancy

For women who have been pregnant, the skin’s fascia beneath the abdominal wall can have separated, no longer giving proper support to the organs in that area. This results in protruding fascia, filling out the loose skin. So again, if this is occurring below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck will correct the problem. However, in this particular case of a once pregnant woman, plastic surgeons must be careful to properly evaluate exactly how damaged the fascia is. If they perform a mini tummy tuck without doing their homework, the patient could experience ballooning of the upper abdomen, which would result in the need for a full abdominoplasty after all.

Board-Certified Advice

Whichever tummy tuck you are deciding on, mini or full, follow this advice:

  • Do your research.
  • Receive a full opinion/evaluation from a board-certified tummy tuck surgeon.
  • Be sure to give yourself enough time to heal regardless of the procedure.