Slim Down With a Mummy Makeover
After you’ve had kids, getting back that slim, youthful body can prove difficult. Hours of exercise everyday and dietary limitations can be a total drag, especially when you have to deal with the normal stresses of work and running a family. Certain parts of your body can remain unaffected by traditional dieting and exercise. If you live in Pasadena, cosmetic surgery might be your ticket to getting that perfect body you’ve always wanted.
Gastric band surgery is a common weight loss procedure and a much healthier alternative to liposuction. While liposuction is generally effective, it poses some health risks. Such a drastic removal of fat can lead to some serious health problems. The procedure also leads to some pain and discomfort as well as bruised skin.
Gastric banding is a much healthier way of gradually losing weight. It involves placing a gastric band, also called a lap band, around the uppermost part of the stomach. The actual insertion of the band is minimally invasive and typically only requires a few small incisions, which drastically reduces the recovery period.
This separates the stomach into two small and large portions.
- The smaller part holds about a half cup of food, as opposed the full six cups that a typical stomach can hold.
- The small portion fills up faster while slowing passage from the upper part of the stomach to the lower part.
- The upper portion of the stomach registers as full, sending a signal to the brain that the entire stomach is full.
This helps a person feel full quicker and for longer periods of time. Gastric banding will also keep you from becoming hungry.
In order to maintain comfort and effectiveness, the gastric band needs adjustment as you lose weight.
Once you have lost all that weight, you are probably going to need an abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck. Losing such a drastic amount of weight can lead to sagging and stretched skin. The tummy tuck procedure is a method of firming up the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the muscle and tissue in the abdominal wall.
Recovering from a tummy tuck can take a few weeks, and most patients are advised to avoid work and strenuous activity, at least for a portion of the recovery time. Hopefully, at the end of the recovery period, you will feel great and look even better.