Lizanne Haddadin, a patient of Dr. Rex Moulton-Barrett MD, is extremely proud of herself, as she should be. She accomplished something millions of Americans set out to accomplish every single day: lose weight. It wasn’t a small amount of weight, either. She dropped 120 pounds over the course of eight years. That breaks down to be about 15 pounds per year, which should be a healthy weight-loss goal for people who are considered to be overweight or moderately obese.
In America, a country plagued by obesity and the subsequent health problems obesity produces – high blood pressure, diabetes, swollen joints and more, Haddadin is now a model citizen for dedication to the goal of weight loss. But, like many people in her position, Haddadin was still displeased with her body after losing all the weight. What remained was unflattering, excess, stretched-out skin.
Enter the Tummy Tuck, Otherwise Known as Abdominoplasty
Dr. Moulton-Barrett felt Haddadin to be a perfect candidate to undergo the procedure, which removes excess fat tissue from the abdomen to tighten the muscle structure, reduce food intake and ultimately keep the weight off for the long haul.
Why Dr. Moulton-Barrett is the Best
Dr. Moulton-Barrett has years of experience in cosmetic procedures, and with offices in Alameda, Oakland and Brentwood, California, he’s performed countless abdominoplasty procedures in the Bay Area. He’s also gone a step further by chronicling the progress of more than 20 of his patients, including Haddadin, for a year or more after the procedure to document their initial weight loss and their progress down the road.
His findings were published in the February 2013 issue of Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
His experience and research suggests that the tummy tuck, beyond removing the initial excess fat tissue, actually contributes to long-term weight loss by increasing satiety, which is the feeling of being full and satisfied after eating.
In October, The Wall Street Journal published an article about Dr. Moulton-Barrett’s study, and Haddadin’s story, which expounds on his research.
According to the article, Moulton-Barrett says removing the extra fat cells in the abdomen may lead to decreased levels of appetite-affecting hormones, which are secreted by fatty tissues.
Haddadin’s experience backs Moulton-Barrett’s hypothesis. She says that she feels fuller faster when she eats now. So, the tummy-tuck may be a great route for those people who are overweight or slightly obese and looking to jump start a lifelong battle with weight loss, or for those who have mostly won the battle, but now need to take it that extra step.
The Proven Way to Help Keep Off the Weight
Of course, the tummy tuck is not a fix all procedure. Moulton-Barrett recommends a diet and exercise regimen of low carbs, high protein, no sugars and riding a stationary bike for at least 45 minutes three days per week. He calls it “The 3 S’s” Diet – South Beach Diet, Sugarless Home, stationary bike.
If you’re curious or concerned about your weight, a great indicator of your overall body health is the Body Mass Index – BMI. If you believe you are overweight or obese, Dr. Moulton-Barrett has a BMI calculator on his site. Check your status. Perhaps a tummy tuck could help you achieve your weight-loss goals.
Dr. Moulton-Barrett’s Tummy Tuck Before & After Patient Photo:
Tummy Tuck Before and After Patient Photo
Click here to see more before and after photos of Dr. Rex Moulton-Barrett’s tummy tuck patients.
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