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What Is An Apron Belly? Can I Get Rid Without Invasive Surgery?

The Apron belly is just excessive tissues and skin that hangs down from your abdomen. This belly is quite common if you delivered babies, or ...

by Karen Smit

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The Apron belly is just excessive tissues and skin that hangs down from your abdomen. This belly is quite common if you delivered babies, or lost a lot of weight. It is quite normal and unproblematic when it is not excessive. But if it is something that you are insecure about then there are measures to get rid of it.

Apron belly is also known by the terms pannus stomach, and mothers apron. Now if you are wondering how this tummy got the term apron belly it is because of the fat deposition in the omentum. This omentum is an apron-like flap located in front of your intestines and under your abdominal muscles. This fat deposition happens when the fat near your internal organs expands due to pregnancy or weight gain. So now the excess fat has to go somewhere and they deposit in the omentum.

In this article we will see how to take care of your belly, measures to remove it, apron belly before and after exercise, and more. So without much delay let us get right into it.

How To Take Care Of Apron Belly?

When there is too much skin hanging down it might cause discomfort. Especially in cases where the belly hangs up to people’s thighs and even knees. In severe cases, it might limit the ability to move around.

Take Care Of Apron Belly

So to better support yourself you can use the following measures.

  • Use support bands
  • Apply creams to avoid chafing
  • Make sure that you are cleaning the area properly and keep it dry

Apron Belly Before And After Exercise

Keep in mind that exercises are not a quick fix. But sticking to a schedule of training, specifically weight training might be a helping hand when it comes to reducing the hanging belly. Also, remember that apron belly before and after exercise will only look different through the impact of fat reduction with physical activity. It will not be that helpful in removing excess skin and tissues. Here are some core exercises that might help you target your belly better.

  • Russian twist
  • Plank hip dips
  • Mountain climbers
  • Skipping with your jump rope
  • Side plank reach
  • Single-leg toe touch
  • Sit-ups

In addition to maintaining healthy levels of physical activity make sure that you are also eating right. Eat a balanced and nutritious diet to support your activity level and make sure to stay hydrated. Limit your intake of processed food.

Journal of Nutrition has come up with relevant evidence suggesting that eating too much of this ultra-processed food causes belly fat accumulation. Increasing your intake of veggies and fruits, whole grains, and more protein also helps with this cause.

Other Measures To Get Rid Of Apron Belly

The measures to get rid of them also depend on how much the belly hangs down. If the belly is not that severe then exercise and a proper diet might do the trick. But if the tummy is too big then you might have to opt for surgery.

There are limitations to how much exercise can decrease your tummy as physical activity may only help with reducing the fat but not the skin and tissues hanging. Especially for people who have a belly hanging after losing a lot of weight might not get much results even after following a very strict workout routine. So in such cases, we might have to opt for other options. Some of them are given down below.

1. Nonsurgical procedures

This comprises laser and coolsculpting. If you are hesitant to go under the knife these procedures might be your option. Both these processes have minimum downtime and a quick recovery process. The laser procedure melts the fat under your skin and is a minor surgical process whereas coolsculpting is noninvasive. In cool sculpting, your fat is frozen and your body later absorbs it back.       

2. Panniculectomy

This is a full-on surgical process where your pannus is removed. It is generally covered by insurance as it is not included in the category of cosmetic surgery 

3. Abdominoplasty

More commonly known as a tummy tuck, this procedure falls into the category of cosmetic surgery. This process not only involves removing extra fat it also tightens your abdominal muscles.

Final Thoughts 

Apron belly can be caused due to reasons like pregnancy, obesity, and huge weight loss. This is pretty common and there is nothing to be ashamed of. But if you feel like this is affecting your confidence then there are measures to opt for. There are both invasive and noninvasive procedures available.

For smaller cases of apron belly sticking to a good exercise regime and following a healthy diet will do wonders with time. We covered topics like apron belly before and after exercise, other measures besides exercise to get rid of belly, and how to support them better, and with this, we are coming to the end of this article.

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