How to Get Rid of a "Spare Tire"

Excess abdominal fat around the midsection, often referred to as a “spare tire”, can be very difficult to reduce through diet and exercise alone. In some cases, plastic surgery near Naperville may be the only way to achieve a slimmer, flatter stomach.

Why Exercise Won”t Always Work

After pregnancy, weight loss, or even aging, the abdominal skin loses elasticity and goes lax. Once the skin is stretched and becomes loose, even a healthy exercise routine including sit-ups and cardiovascular activity cannot restore the abdomen to its original state. Only surgical procedures such as tummy tuck are able to firm the torso and remove extra skin.


Liposuction is very effective for someone who wants to remove stubborn fat deposits such as “love handles.” At my practice, I usually perform the “tumescent technique” for liposuction procedures– which involves the use of a sterile solution containing a local anesthetic (to enhance comfort) and adrenalin (to shrink capillaries). This approach helps minimize blood loss and bruising, and allows for more effective fat removal.

Liposuction is a great option for men and women who have good skin elasticity and who do not suffer from excess abdominal skin. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, liposuction can offer long-lasting results.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is popular among those who want to not only remove fat, but also improve the abdominal contour or remove scars below the belly button. For the appropriate candidate, liposuction can sometimes be used to suction out extra fat cells and the abdominal muscles are tightened. Tummy tuck surgery can be customized for the level of correction needed in each individual.

To remove a “spare tire,” I often perform a circumferential tummy tuck procedure that includes an incision around the waistline. This will help to narrow the waist and sculpt a more flattering silhouette while also improving the abdominal contour.

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