FOR A FLAT TUMMY

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PRO­CE­DURE: Tummy tuck

A tuck re­shapes and tight­ens the ab­dom­i­nal area for a flat­ter, slim­mer ap­pear­ance—ben­e­fits that make it es­pe­cially pop­u­lar among women ages

40 to 54, de­spite the high cost (up to $12,000) and the siz­able scar it leaves be­hind. Re­cov­ery ranges from two to four weeks.

AT-HOME HERO:

Body brush­ing

Dry brush­ing boosts circulation and stim­u­lates the lymph sys­tem to help the body re­lease fat and tox­ins.

The to-do from skin ex­pert Heather

Wil­son: Di­lute 4 drops of pep­per­mint oil (its menthol revs circulation) in 1 Tbs. of olive oil. Ap­ply a drop of oil to the belly, then use a dry brush in long up­ward strokes from feet to torso (to di­rect blood flow to the heart); once at the belly, mas­sage in a clock­wise mo­tion. Re­peat daily for a tauter tummy in 30 days.

SOUND OFF NIP AND TUCK “I had four C-sec­tions and my stom­ach looked like the map of the world. I wanted to fit into the gowns that I fi­nally got to wear,” says Pa­tri­cia of why she had a tummy tuck Pa­tri­cia Heaton

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