Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Muffin Top Surgery

Muffin top sure is stubborn and it really takes serious dedication to get rid of it through diet and exercise.

For this reason, many of us have hit that low moment when it seems like surgery might actually be the only way to go!

I’ve always felt like surgery is the absolute last option to solve any of my body issues, but with muffin top being so difficult to get rid of naturally I know that lots of women are at that desperate stage.

Here I have decided, therefore, to give some solid information on muffin top surgery so that those of you who are seriously considering it can make an informed decision.


Liposuction is the form of cosmetic surgery most people turn to when they have problems with excess fat (such as that of the dreaded muffin top).

If you’re considering this procedure please be aware that it is not a cure for obesity and surgeons generally recommend that you be within 10% of your ideal body weight before the operation can be carried out.

A consultant will give you a physical examination to make sure that you are a candidate for liposuction, then go through the procedure with you if this is the case. You will be talked through what happens from start to finish and you will have opportunity to ask questions and specify the results you are hoping to achieve.

On the day of the operation you will meet with your surgeon once again and they will often take pictures of the area (with your consent) before marking on where any incisions will be made and where the anaesthetic and cannulae (liposuction tubes) will be inserted.

Just before entering theatre the anaesthetician will place you under general anaesthetic.

In theatre, the surgeon will make small incisions around the muffin top area, making them as discreet as possible. The cannulae will then be inserted into the areas of stubborn fat and moved in a back and forth motion to encourage the fat to be evenly scraped and sucked away by the tube.

Once the surgeon has achieved the desired appearance, the small incisions will be sewn back up using dissolvable stitches. The area will also be dressed in a compression bandage to encourage fluid drainage and decrease swelling.

The procedure can vary in length depending on how severe the treatment and how many areas are being targeted, but around an hour is generally the amount of time you can expect it to take.

If the operation is fairly minor you can often return home the same day as the nursing staff will give you post-op advice and prescribe painkillers if needs be. For more severe treatments an overnight stay may be necessary, or you may choose to stay overnight if you would prefer to be in a hospital environment for the first night after the procedure.

For the first week or so it is common to suffer with pain at the site of the liposuction and you will be encouraged to wear a compression garment during this time.

Residual soreness will then last for an additional four to five weeks in general and normal physical activity is not recommended until after this time.

Bruising and swelling is also expected to take a similar amount of time to heal, although a slight yellow tinge to the skin can often be observed for months following the surgery.

The skin’s sensitivity and feel can change dramatically in the months following surgery; often feeling numb and lumpy / hard.

These effects should eventually subside as the body adapts to its new shape in the next 18 – 24 months.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

If your stomach is the part of your muffin top that you are most conscious about, you could also be a candidate for a tummy tuck procedure (which often goes hand in hand with liposuction).

You will need to go through a physical examination beforehand to ensure you qualify for the operation (an ideal applicant will be only around 10% out from their ideal weight, as surgery can not cure obesity).

If you are approved you will then discuss the operation with your consultant and they will help you decide what procedure you will need depending on your desired results and the quality of your skin and underlying muscles (you may need a full tummy tuck or a ‘mini’ tummy tuck).

Before surgery, the surgeon will often take pictures of the area (with your consent) and then mark the places where incisions will be made and anaesthetics will be injected. You will then be placed under general anaesthetic and taken to theatre.

The surgeon will make an incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area, then begin to peel the mlayer of skin and fat up away from the abdominal muscles.

In a mini tummy tuck the surgeon will take the flap of skin up to the belly button and perform the procedure from there, but in a full tummy tuck, the belly button will be cut around to free it from the rest of the skin, which will then be peeled back as far as your lower ribs.

The exposed abdominal muscles will then be tightened by sewing them together where necessary.

The flap of skin is then brought back down, the belly button popped through a new incision and any excess tissue removed.

The surgeon will then suture you back up (using dissolvable stitches) and leave drainage tubes under the skin for the first 24 – 48 hours to encourage the removal of excess fluids. You will also have a compression bandage around your midsection to encourage drainage and reduced swelling and your legs will be kept bent by use of pillows to reduce stress on the abdominal muscles.

The procedure normally takes between one and two hours but this time can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and whether you are undergoing any other surgery at the same time.

You will more than likely have to spend the night in hospital after the operation is complete and the nursing staff will instruct you on when you can begin to get up and walk around (you will be slightly bent over when walking for the first few days to avoid damage to the abdominal muscles).

You will be instructed on post-op care of the area before you leave, including techniques to reduce swelling and encourage scar healing and when you can expect to resume normal physical activity (generally after around 6 weeks, although gentle physical activity such as walking is helpful after the first week or so to aid recovery).

The most obvious bruising and swelling can be expected to have healed after around three weeks, although residual effects (particularly swelling) can last for 6 months or sometimes longer.

Scars from this type of surgery are large and will appear red and raised for the first few months. You will be given gel to apply to encourage healing, but you should not expect the scar to settle (become flat and pale) until 18 to 24 months have passed.

The results can be maintained through careful maintenance of your diet and exercise, although fluctuations of weight and pregnancy can stretch the skin again and bring you back to square one!

Alternatives to Surgery

I don’t know about you, but those surgical procedures make me a bit squeamish and the amount of time it takes for your body to adjust and show the results you wanted does not appeal.

It makes me think that if you’d spent those 18 – 24 months eating a balanced diet and exercising you would have got the same results, but for a fraction of the price and stress on your body!

I would recommend looking at surgery only when you have spent a considerable amount of time on the natural route (diet and exercise) as most surgeons will only consider you if you have tried this way and only have stubborn areas of fat left anyway.

Overall, surgery should always be taken very seriously and you should always take care to go to a fully qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon if you choose to go down this path.

Remember, this information is for reference only – I do not condone cosmetic surgery in any way.

Next time I will be going over Everything You Need to Get Rid of Your Muffin Top from understanding why it's there, to tackling it head on and coming out with great results.


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