Why is Getting Sculpted Six-Pack Abs So Difficult?

Ripped, washboard abs are considered by many people to be the holy grail of fitness and health. What we think of as a “six-pack” is technically one long, flat muscle called the rectus abdominis that’s divided into segments of connective tissue. Unfortunately, there’s no “easy way out” or magic pill when it comes to achieving that super sculpted look. What you’re probably wondering is, are there any ways to actually get those enviable chiselled abs and will a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) be helpful? Our Vancouver area team has some tips to help you get the look you want, if this is your aesthetic goal.

There are several reasons why it’s so challenging. For one thing, most people have a layer of fat covering the belly area, whether directly below the skin in the form of soft, subcutaneous fat or harder visceral fat close to the organs that obscures these muscles. Even if your muscle is defined, this layer of fat will prevent you from being able to see the work you’ve put in. For women, visible abs might be even more difficult to obtain because they have a higher body fat percentage, lower levels of testosterone and less muscle mass. Some people also naturally have thicker skin and tissue surrounding the core muscles due to genetics, making it even more challenging for them.

Even though exercises like sit-ups and crunches strengthen your core muscles, you need to maintain a healthy diet if you want to get flat, sculpted abs. Reduce your intake of sugary or processed foods while increasing your intake of lean protein and vegetables – and of course, you also need plenty of water.

If you’ve done all you’ve can on your own and are committed to a healthy lifestyle, tummy tuck and liposuction surgery may be beneficial. Neither surgery will give you sculpted abs, but a tummy tuck will strengthen weakened core muscles and remove excess skin from the abdomen while liposuction removes excess fat, to give your belly a flatter appearance. This lays the groundwork for a six-pack.

If you have more questions about what to expect from abdominoplasty surgery, our Vancouver area office of Dr. Owen Reid can guide you through each stage of this procedure. Call 604-343-9309 or submit a contact form to schedule a consultation and find out whether you would be a candidate for this procedure.


How Does Liposuction Differ from Weight Loss?

Liposuction is a technique used to enhance a patient’s appearance by breaking up and removing fat from below the skin on certain areas of the body such as the abdomen, thighs, neck, chin, and backs of the upper arms. Although liposuction can be highly effective when it comes to removing unwanted fat, one of the biggest misconceptions that patients who seek out body contouring surgery in the Vancouver area often have is that liposuction is a “weight loss” procedure or that it’s an easy way out or “instant gratification” treatment when it comes to losing weight. The truth is that while the surgery is highly effective, it wouldn’t be possible to obtain the same results from liposuction that could be achieved through traditional methods of weight loss like diet and exercise. Liposuction differs from weight loss in several major ways.

The safest and most effective way of losing a substantial amount of weight for patients who are overweight is through a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a balanced, controlled diet and consistent exercise, along with bariatric surgery in certain cases, would be the best option. Liposuction isn’t a substitute for weight loss. This body contouring surgery improves proportions of the body by removing some subcutaneous fat (soft, pinchable fat that’s found directly below the skin). Patients typically only lose between two to five pounds in total through this surgery.

The ideal patient for liposuction would be someone who’s in good health, within thirty percent of their healthy weight range and has a few excess deposits of resistant fat on certain areas that they want to slim down. The goal of the procedure is to re-shape their body to create an attractive appearance rather than to reduce pounds. Although patients may initially lose some weight and inches through this body contouring procedure, it isn’t a permanent weight loss solution or a treatment for obesity. Seeing the results from liposuction will often motivate many patients to want to continue a healthy exercise and diet routine to maintain their new body shape.

Curious about how body contouring surgery works? The Vancouver area office of Dr. Owen Reid can answer any questions you might have about this form of cosmetic surgery. Call us directly at 604-343-9309 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you’re interested in exploring options.