15 Secrets To A Natural Tummy Tuck
Last Updated on : February 01 2023
A natural tummy tuck is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment aiming to improve the appearance of the abdominal area without surgery. It typically involves massages, dietary changes, exercise, and body wraps or waist trainers to tighten and tone the muscles and skin.
The results of a natural tummy tuck may be less dramatic and long-lasting than surgical tummy tucks, but it is a less invasive approach and a better first step to tackle your tummy concerns.
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We are guilty. We love our clothes snug and demand that our seductive dresses fit like a second skin. With that comes the challenges of keeping fit, shapely, and trim.
How do you stay fit and trim without giving up your favorites? Does keeping a flat and trim tummy require you to hit the gym at every waking moment? In our humble opinion - no, absolutely not (although we think some exercise is necessary).
Getting a natural tummy tuck is not about trying to look like a model or cutting back on all your favorite snacks. Instead, we take a holistic approach, such as drinking more water, reducing stress, targeted exercise, and eating a balanced diet.
What is a Tummy Tuck and Can I Avoid One
A tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty) is a shortcut way to getting flat and sexy abs - instantly. It is an invasive surgery designed to flatten your tummy, tighten your abdominal muscles, and make your abdominal skin flawless.
The before-and-after surgery images look tempting; however, tummy tucks are no easy fix. Even after one, you have to maintain a strict regimen of proper diet and exercise for the best results.
The body heals itself, and in most cases, it will. Loose skin, even after extensive weight loss, will, in many instances, repair itself, as will your tummy after a baby.
If you feel you can get by without surgery, there are a few natural ways to beat a tummy tuck, and we've compiled a list of them here for you. The article covers general lifestyle changes (our secrets to a natural tummy tuck), exercises that target your waistline, and nutritional suggestions that make a difference.
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Additionally, towards the end of this article, we've added a section on "what real people say about their real tummy tuck surgery."
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Secrets to a Natural Tummy Tuck
1. Reduce your alcohol and smoking intake
Contrary to popular belief - smoking and drinking directly affect your weight (see study). You probably struggle fitting into your clothes because of your penchant for wine and a "relaxing" cigarette.
Both alcohol and smoking cause an increase in levels of the stress hormone cortisone. When your cortisol levels rise, they redirect the fat in your body to your belly. Smokers might believe that smoking keeps them thin, but the truth is quite the opposite. Elle magazine explains why smoking is bad for weight loss in this article.
2. Reduce your stress - smile more
Excessive worry is proven to increase levels of cortisol, which often results in belly fat. Instead of internalizing your fears - choose more calm paths. Find comfortable and healthy alternatives to smoking and drinking like chewing gum, meditation, and imagery.
A short walk or deep breathing exercises may also do the trick. Another surefire way to reduce stress is to smile more often. Don't believe us - here's hard evidence that smiling does the trick.
Read: 12 Practical Ways To Overcome Stress And Feel More Positive In Life
3. Check your calcium intake
Keeping your bones healthy is essential to your health and maintaining fitness. Ensure you ingest the necessary amounts of calcium every day to prevent degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis.
Additionally, weak bones can lead to spine fractures or lousy posture, which over time, causes a shortening of your abdominal cavity and your tummy to jut out into a muffin top.
Harvard Health, however, warns that taking high doses of calcium can be risky and suggests supplementing with vitamin D. So, watch your intake and make sure you are not putting yourself at risk.
4. Practice good posture
Keep your tummy muscles taut by holding them in. Practice tucking your tummy in every chance you get. Once it becomes a habit, your tighter tummy amps up the way you look without the need for invasive tummy tuck surgery. Alongside sucking in your tummy, consider enlisting the help of a posture aide. Posture aids help to align your spine.
If you think posture is not essential to the way you look, have a look at personal trainer MelVFitness's "before & after" Instagram post. It promises a foolproof method for "losing 15 pounds in 15 minutes" – the trick is good posture.
So listen to your mother's nagging voice telling you to stand up straight. Standing up straight and sitting with good posture helps you appear 5 pounds thinner, particularly around your tummy area, almost instantly.
Waist trainers & body wraps
Body wraps and waist trainers bind the abdominal area with a cloth or other materials to help with reducing bloating, tightening the skin, and shaping the waist and posture.
Some body wraps contain ingredients such as clay or algae, which can be absorbed into the skin and help detoxify the body. Others use heat to encourage sweating, which may help flush out toxins and temporarily reduce water weight.
However, it's important to note that while these solutions may offer temporary improvements in the appearance of the abdominal area, they are not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise regimen, which are the best ways to achieve a toned and fit physique.
Always consult a medical professional before trying a body wrap or waist trainer, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
5. Consume more potassium
Your abdomen and stomach are more likely to look puffy if you do not get enough potassium in your diet. Chomp on dates or eat baked potatoes without the skin. Also, add spinach, white beans, and banana smoothies to your everyday diet to get your required dose of potassium.
6. Avoid dieting at all cost
Rather than seek a cure-all diet or one that helps you shed pounds fast, consider a complete lifestyle change. Reduce your intake of junk food, add more fruits and veggies, and keep hydrated for simple lifestyle changes with maximum impact.
Avoid diet or sugar-free foods because they contain artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and mannitol that cause the production of gas in your intestines - which leads to more bloating.
Read: Healthy Eating - How To Do It
7. Eat more fiber
Add a fiber supplement to your diet or load up on whole grains, fruits, and green, leafy vegetables. Fiber ensures that your tummy gets satisfied faster, so you do not overeat, while also preventing constipation and a bloating. All in all, adding fiber to your diet is a win-win, and a secret to getting a natural tummy tuck.
Almonds and soy contain generous amounts of fiber, proteins, and antioxidants. These food items make sure your tummy feels and remains satiated while also helping your body burn fat faster.
Read: Doing Antioxidants The Right Way
8. Drink and sip on water
Staying hydrated is not just right for your body; it does wonders for your skin and hair. Drinking water, especially during your premenstrual period, is the best way to tackle bloating and menstrual cramps. Our bodies are made up of approximately 60 percent of water.
Without proper hydration, our bodies begin to retain water to survive. Drinking plenty of water ensures that your body releases its water through sweat and other bodily functions.
9. Weights are not just for boys
We see women avoid the weight section in the gym because they think using them will cause a bulky and masculine look. These thoughts are far from the truth. To gain bulk, you need to hit the weights with a vengeance and follow a diet directed at bodybuilding and increased mass.
Do not be afraid to use weights – plan at least two to three workouts with them in a week. Additionally, do your sets while standing. Why? It improves your posture, keeps your tummy tight, and gives your abs a better workout.
Read: How To Be Healthy, Fit And Sexy
10. Explore Pilates, yoga, dance and massage
Pilates is a form of conditioning favored by dancers for decades. It includes a series of floor exercises that are low impact but offer excellent results, particularly for tighter and firmer abs.
Get rid of your post-pregnancy woes and your ample tummy by signing up for some fun dance classes. Pick a dance form that you enjoy or one you have never tried before, like belly dancing or pole dancing, and dance your way to a toned tummy.
Additionally, massage can potentially help by improving circulation and reducing bloating in the abdominal area.
11. Try a sport: kickboxing, golf, or tennis
Aerobic kickboxing is a great fat-burner and an effective cardio workout. Get your gear on for a natural tummy tuck one high kick at a time.
Most workouts tend to focus solely on the abs. Give your abs some rest and focus on the oblique muscles, better known as your love handles. Sign up for golf or tennis lessons because these sports help you tone your oblique muscles while having some fun.
12. Swim and swim and swim
Swimming is a fantastic and all-around way to achieve body fitness. The crawl stroke and the butterfly stroke are great ways to tighten your abs and tone them to perfection.
Even the process of breathing out underwater requires you to contract your abs and gives them a seamless workout.
Here's a guide on the best swimwear for your body type.
13. Vacuum a bit more
If you find it challenging to dedicate workout time for yourself, there are plenty of chores in and around your house that will do the trick.
Get a vacuum cleaner that you have to push, and your ab workout continues while making your house spotless. Better yet, get a regular broom and give your sidewalk, pool deck, or garden path a thorough sweep — the sideways sweeping motion tones your abs and arms.
Cleaning is an overlooked workout. Between lifting, bending, squatting, and scrubbing - a clean house offers a perfect all-around fitness routine. Cleaning is like a unique CrossFit program that both cleans your home and provides a slim waistline.
14. Eat more yogurt
Yogurt is chockful of probiotic bacteria, which keeps your digestive system happy. It also helps reduce bloating and promotes overall gut health.
It is essential to keep a healthy digestive tract to support your body and allow it to break down food instead of storing it in your problem areas - mainly your hips, stomach, and thighs.
15. Take up gardening
Gardening is a beautiful way to destress and grow your food and flowers and an excellent weight loss workout.
As you bend to dig, lift heavy flower pots, and kneel to remove weeds and the like from your planters, you inadvertently tackle your abs. The constant need to use your core and legs ensures that you see results more quickly than you would in a gym. You notice how much easier it is to bend in a garden than you likely do on an exercise machine that often feels the same.
You can either stop now with the improvements above or press yourself a little more by incorporating a set of exercises into your schedule. Read on.
Exercises to Target your Waistline
Targeting your waistline with a set of practical exercises will further enhance and tone your tummy. Add some of these activities to your routine. They are all designed for your waistline to keep it neat and shapely.
Building an Exercise Routine
The best way to do these exercises is to select five or six to do in a 60 to 90 min session.
After warming up properly (try a short treadmill run or 10 minutes on a exercise bike), perform each selected exercise for either 30 seconds or a set number of repetitions (10 to 12 to start). Rotate through the entire set 3 to 4 times during the session. Rest properly (max two to three minutes) between each set of exercises rather than after each one. Resting like this keeps the cardio aspect of the workout higher.
As you improve, you can increase the time spent on each exercise or the number of repetitions. You can also try to increase the number in each session and reduce your rest time in between.
Nerdfitness has an excellent article on how to set up your exercise routine, which you can follow by substituting in the tummy exercises detailed below.
1. Forgo Cardio and Embrace HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
Benefit: Full body strength training and targeted waistline exercises.
Most of us start an exercise session with traditional steady-state cardio. However, the problem with regular cardio is that your heart rate does not increase beyond a certain point. A HIIT exercise regime like CrossFit can help you with this.
An acronym for High-Intensity Interval Training, HIIT, gets your heart rate higher through bursts of intense activity with short rests in between. The Journal of Obesity says HIIT is effective in reducing abdominal fat more than any other type of exercise.
Begin on a treadmill or another machine you love. Start with a smooth 5 minutes of warm-up. Increase your pace for the next 2 minutes then lower the speed for the next 2 minutes. Repeat this high-intensity interval training for approximately 5 to 10 reps. Walk another 5 minutes at a comfortable pace to cool down.
Exercising like this may not sound too strenuous, but the high-intensity bursts give your body a complete workout and force you to breathe deeper and faster. HIIT will tone and target your tummy area more efficiently.
2. Bicycle Crunches
Target Areas: Internal and external oblique muscles
According to a seminal study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), bicycle crunches or bicycle maneuvers are practical exercises to target the abdominal muscles and waistline. The study noted that bicycle crunches are 148 percent more efficient than a standard crunch.
This type of crunch works on the stomach muscles while you extend your legs. Lie down on the floor, bend your knees, and place your fingers on your temples or behind your head. Raise your upper body as you would for a standard crunch, and simultaneously twist your waist to reach your right elbow to your left knee. As you do this, extend your right leg till you can tap the floor with your toe. Come back to the center, and then to your original position. Repeat for the other side of your body.
You will need to do at least 20 to 30 repetitions of this maneuver for maximum impact.
3. Knee Lifts on the Captain's Chair
Target Areas: Oblique muscles and all major abdominal muscles
Standard knee raises/lifts/leg raises work well. However, the Captain's Chair adds an extra level of difficulty to the exercise because it has no seat to sit on. Using the Captain's Chair forces your ab muscles to crunch tighter to keep your body steady.
Hold the Captain's Chair handles tight while pressing your lower back into the chair. Slowly and in complete control, lift your knees toward your chest. Aim for at least 20 reps.
4. Exercise Ball Crunches
Target Area: Abs, abs, and abs
This practical exercise targets your abs directly—it does not concentrate on any other muscle or hip flexion.
Place your feet firmly on the floor while you sit on an exercise ball. With slow movements, roll the ball back until your back is resting on it, and your body is parallel to the floor. Tuck your chin in, place your fingers on your temples and do a crunch.
If it doesn't burn after 20 repetitions, you may be doing it wrong. Check out how to do them correctly courtesy of Scott Herman Fitness.
5. Straight Leg Crunches
Target Areas: Abdominal muscle groups
Similar to the standard crunches, the straight leg crunch requires you to raise your legs by extending them above your hips while you crunch your abs. If you're struggling with balance, consider crossing your ankles for added stability.
6. TTM/Torso Track Machine
Target Areas: Oblique muscles and all major abdominal muscles
If you have a Torso Track Machine at your gym or home, put it to good use for a healthy and toned waistline.
Kneel on the pads in front of the machine, and grip the handles firmly. Crunch your abdominal muscles, and lean your body outward in one line. Pull your body back to your starting point while contracting your abs.
7. Arm Extension Crunches
Target Areas: Oblique muscles and all major abdominal muscles
Also known as the long arm crunch, the arm extension crunch is like a standard crunch but with raised arms.
Get into crunching position; raise your arms over your head so that your biceps touch your ears. Crunch while keeping your arms up, and inhale as you get back to the starting position.
As with any abdominal exercise, breathing is essential, so focus on taking steady breaths and measured inhales and exhales.
8. Reverse Crunches
Target Areas: Lower Abs
Reverse crunches are great for your lower abs and recommended because they do not put as much strain on your back and neck as a regular crunch exercise. They are excellent if you are new to waistline targeted activities.
Lie down flat on the floor with your arms down by your sides. Cross your ankles and raise your feet till your knees bend at 90 degrees. Press your back down, and use your core to lift your hips off the ground. Do this in slow, measured movements and do not allow your legs to rise over the head.
9. Abdominal Heel Push Crunch
Target Areas: Core and oblique abs
A combination of a standard and reverse crunch, the heel push crunch is highly effective at targeting your waistline to keep you slim and trim.
Get into a crunch position with bent knees, but press your heels into the floor with your feet flat. Instead of lifting yourself into a standard crunch, extend your arms flat on the floor and move from side to side, slightly raised to touch each heel in turn.
It sounds complicated, so here is some help on how to do them.
10. Ab Roller Workout
Target Areas: Core and abs
We have all seen the innocuous-looking ab roller in televised advertisements, and we wonder if the device works for your waistline. According to ACE, a personal training certification program, it does!
Kneel on the floor, holding the ab roller with both hands. Slowly begin to roll straight ahead, stretching your body out straight. Do not touch your body to the floor. Take a pause here, and then breathe out while pulling yourself back to the starting position.
11. Hover Plank
Target Areas: Core, glutes, back, calves, hamstrings, arms, and shoulders
The plank works on the waistline as well as the rest of your body, particularly strengthening the core. Adding this exercise to your workout gives you a newfound increase in energy as well.
Lie face down on the floor with your forearms extended on the floor so that your elbows and shoulders are in line. Hold your core tight, and lift your body off the floor, balancing on your toes, forearms, and elbows—then, hover and hold for as long as you can!
12. Standard Crunch
Target Areas: Oblique muscles and abs
The standard crunch scored quite low on the list of useful exercises to target your waistline. While it does not make it to the top 10, it is still helpful if appropriately performed.
The form is essential if you want a crunch to work. Lie on your back, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor. Flare your elbows and place your hands behind your head or by your ears. Brace your core, and exhale while you try to pull your belly button upward to the spine. Lift your shoulder blades and upper back off the floor to perform a crunch. Count till one, and inhale as you lower your upper body to starting position.
Here is some help in getting your technique perfect.
Adding these nutritional suggestions will complement the lifestyle and exercise routines above.
Healthy Foods that Protect your Waistline
Adding better food choices to your lifestyle and exercise regime is key to your tummy flattening success. Here are 11 healthy food ideas that make for a tasty and satisfying way to protect your waistline and keep yourself trim overall. Try them out as healthy snacks or supplements to your meals.
1. Munch on grapefruit to boost your metabolism
Reach for a grapefruit instead of a packet of chips or a candy bar during a snack attack. Grapefruits are chock full of vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium. The fruit also helps to reduce the levels of insulin in your body, thereby boosting your metabolism and speeding up the process of weight loss. If you're looking for a complete meal, make a quick salad out of grapefruit, cranberries, and mixed greens adding cooked lean meats such as chicken.
2. Eat apricots for bright eyes and skin
Although you will find plenty of apricot bites or bliss balls at the supermarket, the truth is that these store-bought versions are full of preservatives, sulfur, and refined sugar – none of which are going to help you meet your fitness goals. Instead, fresh and sulfur-free apricots contain a whopping 60 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin A, which is ideal for your eyes and skin.
Apricot also provides your body with much-needed fiber and gives you an excellent and natural energy boost. Quickly make a batch of apricot bites at home, and store them in the refrigerator (they last for up to 3 weeks).
Begin by soaking apricots in hot water for 30 minutes and then blitz one cup with ¾ cups of oats, and a ¼ cup of shredded or desiccated coconut and one tablespoon of coconut oil, in the food processor. Shape the mixture into balls using wet hands and coconut shavings. Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm, and you have a healthy and quick snack at hand.
3. Pop cherries for natural detoxifiers
Cherries are another one of those bounteous gifts that are ready to eat as soon as you wash them. The perfect low-calorie snack for weight loss, cherries also contain generous amounts of highly effective antioxidants and other nutrients that work as detoxifiers. Free radicals slow down our weight loss processes, and cherries provide the antioxidants that are needed to neutralize these free radicals.
Cherries are not only delicious but also nutritious and useful to your body. They are ideal for taking on the go and store well without needing to be refrigerated.
4. Trust rhubarb to control your cravings
More often than not, rhubarb is the first vegetable of the spring season, and if not available immediately is worth the wait. Not only does this low-glycemic food item contain plenty of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, it is also low in calories. The fiber content in rhubarb boosts metabolism and helps in weight loss, which is ideal for protecting your waistline without having to cut back or reduce your portions.
The best part of rhubarb is that it regulates the sugar content in your blood, and thereby keeps away the sudden hunger pangs that would otherwise have you reaching for unhealthy snacks. Toss it with some mixed greens, strawberries, toasted almonds, and red wine vinegar for a quick and yummy salad.
5. Consume blueberries to keep your metabolism going
If belly fat is your problem area, blueberries may be the snack you need to save the day. These dark berries contain plenty of vitamins as well as antioxidants like lutein. Blueberries are also known to help reduce waist size and keep the metabolic syndrome that facilitates those few extra pounds in check. Pop these delicious berries in your mouth through the day, or mix them with your bowl of yogurt for a quick, easy, and healthy snack.
Read: Doing Antioxidants The Right Way
6. Chew on cucumbers to keep you hydrated
Cucumbers are ideal snack food. High in water content and low in calories, this one is a perfect snack that contains silicon, which serves the purpose of an all-natural diuretic - so any water swelling is gone. Cucumber slices taste great with garlic hummus or sun-dried tomatoes.
If you want to try a fancy yet easy snack option, mash a ripe avocado with cilantro, and roll a thin and long slice of cucumber around it. Top this green roll with some capers, and you have got a snack that is tasty and healthy. Tip: If you have dark circles and tired eyes, use a couple of fresh cucumber slices to relax and moisturize your eyes.
7. Count on carrots to keep your vision strong
Root vegetables like carrots are excellent snacks that can be consumed raw in the form of carrot sticks (easy-peasy), or dipped in some hummus, yogurt, or a dash of guacamole. One cup of carrots contains a mere 52 calories and absolutely no fat. Also, carrots are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, vitamins K and A. Carrots tend to delightfully juicy and sweet sans the calories, sounds like the perfect snack.
8. Eat beets to beat calories
Beets are well-known for being a superfood and are a gift of the Mediterranean diet. This root vegetable contains more than 30 percent of the daily recommended dose of folate, which is a B vitamin that is difficult to get from regular food items. Folate provides energy to get you through your workout and keeps you firmly fixed on your weight-loss track. Toss a salad with roasted beets, arugula, and fennel for a different salad snack.
9. Choose avocados and chia to grow sexy hair
High in quality protein and fiber, chia seeds help you lose weight and improve the texture of your skin and hair. The incredibly nutritious avocado is chockful of potassium, good fats, vitamin E, and folate, and boosts weight loss, moisturizes hair, and improves its growth. It also helps you provide glowing skin to show off.
Clean and chop some avocado, mango, strawberries, grapefruit, and oranges. Make a dressing with 0 percent Greek yogurt, chia seeds, a dash each of lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix the two and refrigerate before you enjoy it as a fresh salad for a quick and healthy snack.
10. Chomp zucchini crisps to cut calories
When that craving for chips does not go away, reach for healthier zucchini crisps. A part of the family of squashes, zucchini is high in nutrients like potassium, folate, fiber, and vitamins A & K, and low in calories. This power vegetable promotes healthy metabolism and weight loss. Slice the zucchini, drizzle some olive oil, and bake it in the oven till it is crisp. Season it according to your taste, and you have a healthy alternative to packaged crisps within a few minutes.
11. Try quinoa salads to cut back on meat protein
Quinoa is used extensively in South American cuisine. It is a grain that is high in protein and gluten-free to boot. It makes for the perfect snack when you want to protect your waistline because quinoa contains elements that help your tummy feel full for longer. Known as the "supergrain of the future," quinoa provides almost two times the amount of fiber as other grains, along with vitamin B12, manganese, magnesium, iron, lysine, and proteins.
It rejuvenates the skin, boosts elasticity, and reduces brown spots, while also promoting hair growth and naturally strengthening hair owing to its nine essential amino acids. Toast some quinoa, and toss it with edamame and lemony tarragon – add some greens for a complete mid-day snack that will have you smacking your lips. There are so many ways to make a quinoa snack – toss it with some smoked-tofu and vegetables or dried apricots and baby spinach, or walnut, asparagus, and feta.
Here's a quick reminder.
What Real People Say About Their Real Tummy Tuck Surgery
This section is for those who are considering tummy tuck surgery and haven't entirely made up their mind. If you're still in research mode, we thought we'd help out by doing some follow up ourselves. We've scoured the web for real people who've had the surgery to get a better understanding of the experience and the results.
Plastic surgeons may be over-selling the benefits of this procedure, presenting it in a better light than it should. Maybe we're wrong, but we're hoping to find out here.
Here is the research we've done on real people who've had tummy tuck surgery, and the feedback they've given. Some good and some bad, of course.
12 Things I Wish I knew Before Tummy Tuck Surgery
This article highlights the things you probably don't think about when considering a tummy tuck. From, "it takes a long time to heal (try getting four weeks off work if you can)" to "it's going to hurt when you laugh." It's a lighthearted touch on perhaps some broader issues and concerns but is an excellent preparatory read for helping you to manage expectations.
However, the most exciting part is what is in the comments section. There are a lot of comments, and the majority contain excellent and helpful advice. I'd say this forum is positive about the procedure, acknowledging that it can be painful and challenging to manage during the recovery process. I'd recommend a read, particularly of the comments.
8 Things You Should Know About A Tummy Tuck From Someone Who Got One
I think this is an honest article and well presented. There are certain realities about this procedure, and the report picks up on them well.
The writer has some sound advice on the upheaval and pain, "I'll admit that the first two weeks were a physical and emotional roller coaster "and the cost, "It isn't cheap, and insurance likely won't cover it."
She also stresses the crucial need to choose the right surgeon, "it's important to do your research before choosing a surgeon."
Have You Had A Tummy Tuck, Can You Answer Some Of My Questions?
This article is an open forum on Mumsnet.com. It feels honest and to the point, although some comments have gone through moderation.
Most of the posters have had the procedure and explained their experiences. They express the process as significant, painful, but when you've got through the worst, the benefits are positive.
Some commentators advise staying away from it.
The Big Cut – My Experience With A Tummy Tuck
Anna Reeve writes a lengthy article about her experiences. It's an honest and personal retelling of her procedure and her recovery with before and after pics.
It's a long read, but I think worth it, and many will resonate with her reasons for having the procedure.
"…but the number of times I was asked if I was pregnant again was seriously upsetting. I "still don't understand why people ask you this? The number of times I held back tears trying to laugh off the comment wasn't cool, and I was sick of it."
I had a Tummy Tuck – My Experience.
This entry is a video diary of a girl named Lisa Lee post-op. Again honest, and I would say a helpful listen. In the video, she is seven days post-op, and you can see the pain in her eyes. She's still on pain medication, although in it's last stages.
Bad Experience with Abdominoplasty
It's essential to paint the bad with the good and maybe even to end on the bad. Here's a recount of a particularly bad experience with abdominoplasty and one worth considering.
"Please remember this kind of surgery is still a profit-making enterprise, and beware of any promises that seem too good to be true. Take action to protect yourself if things do not go as expected, as there is a short period to claim any losses if you are left looking worse than before."
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the questions most frequently asked by our readers.
1. What is a natural tummy tuck?
A natural tummy tuck is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment aiming to improve the appearance of the abdominal area without surgery.
2. What are the benefits of a natural tummy tuck?
The benefits of a natural tummy tuck include no pain, no recovery time, and no risk of surgical complications. It can also be a more affordable alternative to a surgical tummy tuck.
3. How does a natural tummy tuck work?
A natural tummy tuck typically involves massages, dietary changes, exercise, and body wraps to tighten and tone the muscles and skin.
4. Is a natural tummy tuck suitable for everyone?
A natural tummy tuck may not be suitable for everyone, especially if you have a significant amount of excess skin or fat you want to remove. You should consult a medical professional to determine if it's suitable.
5. Are the results of a natural tummy tuck permanent?
The results of a natural tummy tuck are not permanent, as they depend on your continued dedication to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet. However, if you keep these habits, the results of a natural tummy tuck can be long-lasting.
We've covered quite a lot in this article. When it was initially published back in early 2016, we hadn't thought about the actual surgical procedure, assuming that natural alternatives would always be better.
So we presented the article as a natural approach to tummy tucks. It highlights specific lifestyle changes, exercise, and diet regimes you can use to control tummy and waistline.
As we've progressed, we realize now that there is a need for this surgery. No matter how much we honestly diet or exercise, results just aren't getting achieved for some. A lack of progress without surgery can have depressive impacts and affect the quality of life - so yes, there is a place for abdominoplasty.
However, we need to realize that the procedure is a profitable one for many cosmetic surgeons, and so it is in their interest to paint it positively.
For us, this means taking extra care when thinking about the procedure. Do proper research and understand the implications deeply because yes, it can go wrong. Tummy tucks are major surgery and can be painful, both physically and mentally, if there are long-term consequences.
So we'll end with the following statement because it's essential.
Research Your Conclusions Properly
No matter what we present here, please ensure you come to proper conclusions on this procedure and whether its right for you or not.
For many women, this operation has been an immense success. But almost universally, those that have benefitted from it have been those that have taken the time out to adequately prepare, find the right doctor, and understand expectations. We urge you to do the same.
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