Loose skin on the stomach is a common complaint. It is normal to hear about muffin tops, tummy pouches, and cake shelves, as many people live with loose stomach skin. While an entirely normal issue, in some instances, having sagging skin around the stomach can cause a range of issues, including problems with self-esteem and body image.
There are a number of causes for loose skin on the tummy, with the most common reason being due to weight gain, followed by weight loss, or due to pregnancy. For anyone with a larger stomach and then lost a lot of weight, it’s common to be left with areas of loose skin. It’s also common for women to be left with pouches of loose skin following pregnancy.
Issues with loose skin can also become more common as you age; this is because the skin loses elasticity the older you get and thus is less able to bounce back to its former shape and size.
For dealing with areas of loose skin, skin tightening treatments can work well to restore skin and increase its elasticity. In addition, many of these stomach tightening treatments are non-invasive or only require minor surgical procedures to achieve results.
The process of skin tightening works by re-tightening areas of loose skin. How this is performed depends on the method used for the re-tightening process and whether you want to go down an invasive or minimally invasive treatment route.
There are a number of different ‘over-the-counter’ treatment methods for managing loose skin without cosmetic intervention. However, many people find that the effectiveness of these options is limited.
Regular exercise aimed at tightening stomach muscles and removing stubborn fat can work well to improve stomach shape, which may help improve the skin’s appearance. However, there is only so much that exercise can do, and sometimes a cosmetic procedure is still required in order to achieve the desired result.
Firming creams are also a popular choice for tightening areas of loose skin, such as areas around the stomach. While tightening and firming creams do help to improve skin texture. They do not work on a deeper level, so they struggle to improve stomach shape. If there’s a large amount of loose skin, it may be challenging to achieve the desired result without a cosmetic treatment.
Using collagen supplements and creams are another method used to help tighten areas of loose or sagging skin. Collagen is a key player in how elastic skin is and how quickly skin shrinks back into place after being stretched. This is why many people choose to boost the body’s collagen production by taking supplements and using collagen-based creams.
While adding collagen to your body will help to improve skin elasticity and increase shrinkage time, if the loose areas of the skin are more severe, you may struggle to see results from this treatment alone.
Tummy tuck procedure
A common method of surgical treatment for loose stomach skin is a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty.
The procedure is designed to improve the shape of the stomach area and can involve removing areas of excess skin, as well as fat and stretch marks, in addition to tightening the abdominal muscles.
For a lot of people, a tummy tuck is a last resort treatment after they’ve tried to remove areas of loose stomach skin naturally through exercise.
While a tummy tuck might seem like a quick fix, the reality is that it’s invasive surgery that comes with a wide range of health risks. It’s also a surgery that requires a long period of recuperation after the procedure, as it takes a long time for the stomach muscles to heal properly.
Renuvion treatment is a popular route. For re-tightening stretched stomach skin, this groundbreaking minimally invasive treatment firms and tightens skin, instantly improving tautness and how toned skin looks and feels.
Skin is tightened using a wand that’s inserted subdermally via tiny incisions, allowing it to apply radio-frequency energy to the tissue.
The process works by contracting the cells and boosting collagen production within the skin. The great news is that the results are instantly visible, with the long-term results continuing to improve for up to 12 months.
Because the treatment is minimally invasive, the recovery time is minimal, as is the risk level associated with the procedure.
Another treatment option for stomach tightening is VASER liposuction, which can be used in conjunction with Renuvion treatment or on its own.
VASER liposuction works by reducing fat tissue and melting away fatty cells using sound energy, with the process working extremely well when used to target deep and superficial areas of fat, such as those often found around the stomach.
Compared to traditional liposuction, VASER treatment is far less invasive, has a much shorter recovery time, and creates less scarring.
If fat around the stomach and loose skin are impacting body confidence, then a combination of VASER and Renuvion can be a perfect combination to restore confidence and feel your best self.
The best treatment for you will really depend on your skin and your specific concerns. To find out what’s the best way forward for you, it can help to have a consultation with an expert who will outline all of the options and which are best for your personal circumstance. To book a no-obligation consultation with our skin experts at Hans Place, get in touch today.