The Myth of "Spot Reduction"

At my plastic surgery practice in Modesto, patients often explain how they haven”t achieved desirable results for their trouble spots with exercise.

Unfortunately, the concept of “spot reducing” is a myth. Factors such as age, genetics, and gender determine the areas of our bodies where we store fat. Exercise can help you achieve a healthier, stronger body overall, but it can”t shape the body as effectively as plastic surgery. Here are brief explanations of two effective body contouring procedures:

Tummy Tuck: This procedure corrects skin laxity, removes excess fat, and repairs separated muscles in the abdominal area. Results include a flatter, smoother abdomen and a smaller waistline, both of which can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to achieve with exercise alone.

Liposuction: Surgically removing isolated areas of fat in strategic areas can create a toned appearance when exercise falls short. Liposuction can sculpt areas ranging from the thighs and midsection to the arms, lower legs, chest, neck, and face.

A regular exercise regimen is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle that can also enhance the results of your surgery. The key is finding the right balance.

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