We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of the expression “muffin top” and not in reference to baked goods! The popularity of low-rise jeans has helped contribute to this slang term which refers to overhanging fat that protrudes or spills over the waistline of jeans or pants. Women are usually more subject to a muffin top and that may be because women tend to put on weight in the hips and thighs more readily than men. Other women develop muffin tops after going through pregnancy due to stretched out skin and extra weight that is gained in the midsection. Either way, the general consensus amongst many cosmetic surgery patients is that the muffin top is one of the hardest areas to trim down and that is when they turn to Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins for help.
Most women who seek out abdominal cosmetic surgery have reached their goal weight and are in good physical shape. Despite endless hours at the gym and mindful eating habits, the bulge in the abdominal area won’t budge. If this is the case for you, then you may be a good candidate for abdominal liposuction or even a Mini or regular Tummy Tuck.
Abdominal Liposuction is done with small incisions that are hidden in the navel, pubic hair or under the bikini line. Dr. Perkins will evenly remove the fat so that you are left with a uniform thin layer of fat instead of a bulge.
For some people, the removal of excess skin is needed to get a better result. When this is the case, the surgery becomes known as a Mini Tummy Tuck. The ideal candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck has most of their issues below the belly button. The incision is similar to that of a C-section incision and is done at upper edge of the pubic hair and can be well hidden underneath bathing suit bottoms and underwear. If there is a larger amount of excess skin that needs to be removed, then a regular Tummy Tuck can be done. The incision may extend from hip to hip and the abdominal muscles are sewn together to further flatten the lower abdomen.
For any of the above procedures, the end result is more definition of the waistline, a tighter, flatter abdomen and no more referrals to “muffin top”, unless you’re at a bakery!