Non-Surgical Options for Your Midsection
by Health Blogger Zyana Morris
Surgical procedures, like liposuction, are a choice that many of us consider to get the look and feel of the body we’ve always wanted, or to correct what are seen as inherent flaws in our physique. However, because liposuction can come with risks, it’s important to first consider possible non-surgical solutions to persistent trouble spots.
For mothers especially there are many body changes that occur throughout pregnancy and childbirth, and despite out best efforts, it may be hard to get everything back to “how it was before” without surgery. The midsection especially – the core of our body – and responsible for supporting and stabilizing our internal organs, and keep our back erect and properly shaped as well, can go through quite a lot. However, surgery as a solution is not something we take lightly and it’s great to make sure we do all our research to uncover other, easier, and less permanent solutions to, perhaps, underlying problems.
Address underlying health conditions
Do consider if your “trouble spots” may indicate a medical condition.
Hormonal imbalances, diabetes, and other chemical imbalances may be contributing to your dissatisfaction with your appearance and making it hard to not only lose weight, but keep it off.
Other times weigh gain or the inability to lose weight and inches easily can be the result of certain medications, food intolerances, or allergies, so do consider taking a hard look at what you consume on a daily basis to see if any of the thing may be contributing to your woes.
If left unaddressed any underlying conditions will still exist after a surgery and the cycle will start all over again, so it’s important to address them from the get-go and making sure that they are under control before expecting liposuction and other surgeries to enable lasting transformations.
Address any physical injuries
If you consistently work out and are not seeing the results you want, especially in the tummy area, you may have an underlying physical ailment or injury that needs to be addressed.
For example, up to two-thirds of women experiencing what is known as diastasis recti in their third trimester of pregnancy. You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of diastasis recti, so don’t worry. I only learned about it when I went searching the internet for possible causes for my excruciating back pain after the birth of my fourth child. It’s an oft-overlooked condition and medical professionals rarely spot it or correctly diagnose it, despite its prevalence. In many women, undiagnosed, it can haunt them for years, or even decades, curtailing their activities, their workouts, and other toning and targeting exercises.
Diastais recti is a thinning and stretching of the abdominal muscles, creating less support for the abdominal organs and also potentially contributing to lower back pain as the back muscles try to over compensate for the lack of core strength and stability. The resultant bulge or pooch during certain movements and positions is one characteristic of the condition. It’s important to properly knit the abdominal muscles back together before attempting any ab-targeting exercise program. Some of the crunches, planks, and other exercises that many trainers may suggest, in their ignorance, can actually exacerbate the condition – stubbornly preventing results or resulting in more serious side effect like hernias.
There are simple at-home tests for distasis recti and also both free-resource and paid programs with diastasis specialists available online for people who want to learn the exercise modifications and other posture, daily practice, and daily movement changes that will help them heal their diastasis recti.
We’ve come a long way from the tight-lacing corsets of the 18th and 19th centuries. Modern waist trainers and body shapers can still tame trouble spots and tuck things together over time – without the pain and hassle of tight-lacing.
If you’re not achieving the hourglass shape you prefer after addressing diet, exercise, and possible underlying health conditions or injuries, a modern corset or waist trainer may be your answer before resorting to complicated and risky surgeries.
Liposuction and other cosmetic surgeries are a solution for areas that are resistant to less invasive techniques but, because of the inherent risks, should be undertaken with caution. Elective surgeries can be considered after all potential health conditions and undiagnosed injuries have been considered. Approaching cosmetic surgery and liposuction in this way will ensure that the effects of any surgery will not be impacted by some other unknown conditions undermining any positive strides forward to the body you desire.
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