The Truth About Fitness

Fitness and exercise are incredibly important for many reasons, the foremost of which are your health and your image. However, loose skin and stubborn fat are exceptionally difficult to tone. When exercise fails to rid your body of excess skin and fat, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery can tone your problem areas.

Achieving Your Fitness Goals

At this time of year, many are still striving to keep up with their New Year’s resolutions for fitness. Some people set particular physical goals that they’d like to achieve, like being ready to run a marathon. Others set goals for how many times per week they will go to the gym. Most people set fitness goals to lose a certain amount of weight, to get down to a certain clothing size, or to eliminate a particular problem area. Whatever goals you set this year, the truth about fitness is that fitness goals are harder to achieve when you cannot see the results of your efforts. Consequently, unless you see noticeable, progressive changes in your body, it’s easy to give up on your New Year’s fitness goals by February or March.

Pairing Exercise With Plastic Surgery

Liposuction Before and AfterWhen you are frustrated because you do not see results and when you are discouraged and feeling that you’ll never have the body shape you desire, it is time to consider pairing exercise with plastic surgery. Certain procedures can perfectly pair with your efforts to reshape your body and help you go the extra mile. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are plastic surgery procedures that are designed to tone your body by fixing trouble areas. Liposuction can eliminate excess fat in stubborn areas such as the lower abdomen, upper thighs, upper arms, flanks, and back. Tummy tuck surgery can eliminate excess abdominal fat, tighten loose stomach muscles, and remove excess skin.

For many individuals, no amount of exercise will be able to tone certain areas of the body. You could work out all day, every day and not see the results you desire. With liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, however, you can directly target your problem areas to tone and reshape your body. These procedures are the perfect complement to exercise, meaning they are meant for individuals who are already working to achieve their ideal body shape. Neither procedure is a weight-loss procedure; liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are intended for those who are at or near their ideal body weight. By combining your exercise routines with one or both of these procedures, you will see visible, dramatic changes to your body shape. This can give you the motivation to stick to your fitness goals, and as you continue to exercise, you will maintain optimal results from both your plastic surgery procedures and your exercise efforts.

If you’re not seeing the results you’d like from your fitness regimen and you have stubborn areas of fat or loose skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesbahi for body contouring. Liposuction or a tummy tuck can tone your figure and give you the results you desire. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Mesbahi, please call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today.



shutterstock_174555461For most people, there is a constant desire to have a youthful facial appearance. Unfortunately, over time, factors like sun exposure, diet, and stress cause the development of various forms of aging. These effects typically cause individuals to look older than they are and feel less confident about themselves in social situations. Of course, you can spend exorbitant amounts of money on skincare products that claim to reverse and prevent against these signs of aging, but there’s usually no guarantee to how effective they are. However, cosmetic treatment has proven to be very effective in diminishing the signs of aging with long-term results.

Since you already know that wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, drinking lots of water, and exercising can preserve your appearance, we’ve provided a few lesser known tips that can also protect your skin to help you maintain a more youthful appearance.

Reduce Sugar

Sugar increases the size of your waistline by raising insulin levels and accelerates aging in the skin through a process called glycation. Eliminating sugar from your diet completely would be best, but consuming no more than 30g per day is helpful.


It’s no secret that lotions and creams keep the skin hydrated, but using a moisturizer that contains retinol will also help fight against precursors to cancer called free radicals.

Vitamins & Minerals

Whether it be iron, vitamin D, or magnesium, many people don’t get their optimal values on a daily basis. Foods like green vegetables, milk, and nuts can fulfill daily values of these three nutrients. Taking a multivitamin on a daily basis is a good idea as well.


Dead skin cells can make your skin look dull. By exfoliating your face and body, not only are you removing dead skin, but you are also enabling the healthy cells beneath to come to the surface.

If the appearance of your aging face has you looking older than you are, then cosmetic treatment may be just what you need. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Alex Mesbahi, please call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon and his caring staff look forward to meeting you soon!

man and woman flat toned tummyA flat, toned midsection is one of the most desired body features for both men and women, but it also happens to be one of the most difficult to achieve. Diet and exercise can definitely help to sculpt this area, but when a healthy lifestyle just doesn’t target stubborn fatty deposits or excess skin, surgery might be the best option. Here are a few of the top diet, exercise, and surgical secrets to getting those six-pack abs.


You may have heard the saying, “Abs are made in the gym, but revealed in the kitchen.” This is very likely true. You can work your abs all you want, but without proper diet, they will remain hidden beneath a nice layer of fat. Some of the most successful diets are Mediterranean in nature, requiring that fit and healthy hopefuls consume plenty of fiber in the form of green leafy vegetables, lean meat, and fruit (in moderation). Healthy fats are encouraged with these types of diets, as they help the body to absorb important nutrients necessary to metabolize your food and give you energy. Sugar and foods with a high glycemic index are to be avoided.

The Abs Diet, as well as Paleo recipes, encourage ways of eating that are similar to the above and will likely lead to the flat tummy many desire. If “diet” is a scary word to you, you can consider adopting a clean eating lifestyle in which you eat whole, nutrient-dense foods about 80 percent of the time. Just be advised that the “cleaner” you eat, the more your muscles will be able to show.


A regular exercise routine will definitely help to whittle your middle. If you are just beginning to exercise, or if a six pack does not exist in your near future, the best thing to do to work towards a flat tummy is to start moving. You can easily find free exercise videos on Youtube (such as the popular Blogilates.) You could also join your local gym, buy a fitness DVD, or simply add walking or jogging to your daily routine. If you are more advanced, challenge yourself to high-intensity CrossFit exercises. Try to beat your personal records for how long you can hold a plank or how many sit ups you can complete in one minute. You can also step up your fitness game by incorporating a Bosu® ball, weighted medicine balls, kettle bells, and resistance bands.

In-Office Treatments

In some cases, diet and exercise are just not enough to rid the body of that stubborn abdominal fat. Men and women who have gone through significant weight loss or women who have gone through pregnancy are often left with sagging skin that is impossible to get rid of without the help of surgery. For those who qualify, Dr. Mesbahi offers the tummy tuck procedure, which will effectively reduce fat in the midsection and remove excess or sagging skin to provide a firmer body contour. For those with good skin elasticity, liposuction can also help to trim the waistline to reveal those abdominals you have worked so hard to show off.

If you are interested in body contouring procedures to get the flat tummy you have always wanted, please schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi. As a highly trained and experienced body contouring specialist, Dr. Mesbahi can help determine the procedure that will best meet your needs. Please call (703) 287-8277 today, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.