How to Firm and Tighten Skin of the Belly?
After significant weight loss, it is common to have distended/sagging belly skin. Even if it cannot be seen with a t-shirt, this phenomenon is often the cause of complexes in women as in men. Now, the question arises that how you can tighten skin of the belly.
Cosmetic surgery is considered the most effective option, but be aware that there are natural solutions to firm the belly and improve the appearance of your skin!
Leading Causes of Sagging Belly Skin
Some external factors may aggravate sagging skin such as genetics or a poor lifestyle, but 90% of people who seek to tighten the skin of the belly are in one of the following cases:
Rapid weight loss will usually cause sagging skin: the skin does not have time to adapt to bodily changes, leading to excessive stretching and loss of elasticity.
A pregnant woman’s belly skin stretches to accommodate the growing baby, causing a loss of elasticity and firmness after delivery. In some cases, the elastic fibers break and cause stretch marks.
See also: How to lose weight and improve your skin after pregnancy.
The production of collagen and elastin, 2 essential proteins for the firmness and elasticity of the skin, naturally decreases with age. This process leads to a weakening of the skin structure, causing sagging skin. Also, as we age, the layer of fat under the skin decreases, which can make the skin thinner and less resilient.
Solutions to Tighten Skin of the Belly
You should know that there is no miracle solution to tighten the skin of the belly apart from cosmetic surgery, which we will quickly discuss in point #1. You should therefore be aware that natural solutions will take time, and the results will be gradual.
In cosmetic surgery, to tighten the skin of the belly, we mainly use abdominoplasty (or abdominoplasty).
There are Different Abdominoplasty Techniques:
The Complete Abdominoplasty:
This technique is indicated for patients with significant skin and muscle relaxation. It consists of removing excess skin and fat on the lower part of the abdomen and tightening the abdominal wall muscles. The resulting scar is usually above the pubis and can extend from hip to hip.
A partial abdominoplasty (or mini-abdominoplasty):
It is for patients with excess skin and fat below the navel. The surgeon removes excess skin and may tighten muscles if necessary. The scar is generally shorter and less visible than that of the complete abdominoplasty.
A technique combining abdominoplasty with liposuction to remove excess skin and fat. It provides a more harmonious result and is suitable for patients with uneven abdominal fat distribution.
Cryolipolysis and radiofrequency are 2 aesthetic medicine techniques that have a beneficial effect on firming the stomach.
Aesthetic medicine differs from surgery because it is:
Less invasive: without incisions or major operation. Generally, it is done directly in a doctor’s office and requires little or no anesthesia.
Easier to recover: The recovery period is shorter and the risk of complications is lower. You will be able to continue your daily activities shortly after an aesthetic medicine “operation”.
Cryolipolysis is an aesthetic medicine technique that uses cold to eliminate fat cells (adipocytes) selectively and non-invasively. The principle is based on the sensitivity of adipocytes to a low temperature, causing their destruction without damaging other tissues.
During a cryolipolysis session, an applicator is placed over the area to be treated, lightly suctioning the skin and subcutaneous fat. The device then cools the area, causing the crystallization and progressive elimination of adipocytes. The body then naturally eliminates these cells over the weeks following the treatment.
This technique is, therefore, not used to treat the sagging of the belly directly, but it can participate in it by reshaping the silhouette at the level of the abdomen. Seek professional advice to find out if cryo lipolysis is suitable for you.
Radiofrequency is an aesthetic medicine technique that uses electromagnetic waves to generate heat in the deep layers of the skin. This heat stimulates collagen production and elastin, which are necessary for the firmness and elasticity of the skin.
During a radiofrequency session, an applicator is moved over the area to be treated, emitting waves that penetrate the skin and heat the underlying tissues. This heat causes immediate contraction of collagen, as well as stimulation of the production of new collagen over the long term.
Note that several sessions may be necessary to obtain optimal results, and the effectiveness of this technique may vary depending on the age and quality of the patient’s skin.
Here is the part that interests us the most: all the daily actions and habits that will allow you to firm and tighten the skin of your belly little by little! These are not magic techniques; the results will take time, but you will reap many benefits!
A Healthy and Balance Diet
It will be a surprise for no one, the 1st thing to do is to eat healthy. Beyond the weight loss itself, a suitable diet will help improve the firmness of the skin of the belly. Examples:
A diet plan that is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals contributes to collagen and elastin production. Proteins, like those found in lean meats, fish, eggs, and legumes, are the building blocks of collagen. Vitamins A, C, and E and minerals like zinc and copper also play crucial roles in collagen synthesis and protecting the skin from oxidative damage.
Fruits and vegetables provide sufficient water and antioxidants to keep the skin well-hydrated. Well-hydrated skin is more elastic and resilient, which helps prevent sagging skin.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (fatty fish, nuts, etc.) help take care of the skin barrier and maintain good skin hydration.
Also, remember to drink enough water! Hydration helps to maintain the suppleness and resistance of the fibers of the skin.
Doing specific exercises is the most recommended to firm and tighten the skin locally.
Of course, the exercises will allow caloric expenditure and will speed up the metabolism, which is beneficial for weight loss. But by working in a targeted way, you will be able to intensify the effects on certain areas of the body, particularly the stomach.
We will first think of the work of the abdominal muscles, which support the skin of the belly. Toning these muscles creates a strong foundation that helps keep the skin taut. Targeted exercises such as crunches, pelvic lifts, etc., or sheathing exercises such as the plank are particularly effective for working the muscles of the abdominal region and strengthening this area.
Other types of exercise, like yoga and stretching, can also help by stimulating collagen production.
In addition, playing sports will improve blood circulation throughout the body, including in the stomach. Improved blood circulation promotes the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells, which is essential for producing collagen and elastin.
Tip: Doing exercises in water, for example, in a swimming pool, will bring a double beneficial effect to firm the skin because the pressure of the water makes it possible to drain the tissues.
See also: Diet and exercises to have a flat stomach.
Belly massages, when done regularly and correctly, can stimulate blood circulation in the abdominal area. Improved blood circulation help to bring more nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, promoting their health and renewal.
In addition, by exerting pressure and movement on the skin of the belly, the massage encourages the formation of new collagen fibers, thus helping to prevent and reduce sagging skin.
Tip: An exfoliating massage will also eliminate dead cells (smoother, softer, more radiant skin) and accelerate cell renewal.
Laboratories and cosmetic brands have developed creams/serums with active ingredients to firm the skin.
For example :
Retinol (stimulates collagen production and promotes cell renewal)
Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant, that stimulates collagen synthesis)
Peptides (cellular signals for collagen and elastin production + improve skin texture)
Hyaluronic acid (deeply hydrates the skin and improves its elasticity)
Thanks to their external application, creams and serums are a good complement to food to nourish the skin naturally.
We highly recommend combining these 4 natural methods for the best results. Take your time, believe in the process and the results will come over time if you follow these tips.
In the most complicated cases, with very loose skin – especially after significant weight loss – it will be difficult to tighten the skin naturally. Surgery should be considered if this situation weighs on you.
In any case, you must consult a professional like a dermatologist, aesthetic doctor or plastic surgeon for an outside opinion on your personal situation.
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