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Enhancing Your Waistline

Having a toned and fit body is something many people work hard for. But there can be certain areas of the body that, despite dedicated efforts, cling stubbornly to extra fat. The waistline is one of the most common areas to quickly accumulate weight that is then difficult to shed.

Patients may find that even with exercise and diet, certain “pockets” of fat simply will not go away.

For some of these difficult areas, cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck and liposuction may be what’s needed to finally achieve that firm, shapely contour. Through these procedures, Mr Gwanesia can work with you to get rid of that excess fat and skin to get you the defined body contours you have been working so hard for.




What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is the layman term for what cosmetic surgeons refer to as an abdominoplasty. This procedure tightens the abdominal muscles, flattening and smoothing the stomach area and leading to a more defined waistline.

A tummy tuck may also be used to repair damaged or weak muscles that have separated from pregnancy, weight gain, injury or other causes.

Mr Gwanesia performs two types of tummy tuck procedures: a traditional tummy tuck, which uses three or more incisions, and a mini tummy tuck, which only uses one incision.

A traditional tummy tuck is best suited for the patient with lots of sagging skin and excess fat on the upper and lower stomach areas. A mini tummy tuck, on the other hand, is more concerned with addressing the stubborn lower belly area, where fat often collects.

What Is Liposuction?

Mr Gwanesia also offers traditional liposuction treatment for those areas of the body with hard-to-reach pockets of excess fat and skin.

Liposuction works by using thin, hollow tubes (cannulas) to suction out excess fat from problematic areas. This permanently gets rid of the fat cells in the body, leading to an overall smoother body contour.

At the waistline, liposuction may be used to remove love handles or deposits of fat near the obliques, leading to an overall smoother waistline contour. Liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck or other surgical procedures to further define the waist.



Recovery and Results

Both procedures will leave patients will some degree of swelling and soreness, which may need to be managed with pain medication. Patients who have had a tummy tuck will need to rest and heavily restrict physical activity for at least six weeks after the surgery to ensure a proper recovery.

With liposuction, recovery is a little faster. Patients may be able to go back to work as soon as one week after the procedure, but full recovery will not be reached until a few weeks later.

Results tend to vary based on the patient and what was addressed, but the results of a tummy tuck can be quite dramatic, shaving off years of frustration in a body with one surgery.

Staying in good health and following a healthy lifestyle (maintaining a steady weight, eating right and staying hydrated) is encouraged before and after any cosmetic procedure and can go a long way towards making the results of a tummy tuck and liposuction last for several years.


Interested in learning more? Contact our offices at 02074741300 or schedule a consultation online to see what options are best for you.

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia is one of Harley Street’s most experienced and renowned craniofacial plastic surgeons. With over a decade of professional experience, he has transformed the lives of countless patients from all over the UK & abroad.

Due to his vast and hands-on training in the UK and the US, Dr Ivo now specialises in more than a dozen different aesthetic, craniofacial and transgender procedures. Some of them include face, neck, and brow lifts, upper and lower blepharoplasty, breast reduction & breast uplift as well as facial feminisation surgery, to name a few.

Dr Gwanmesia has also conducted pioneering research, which led to the development of a new technique for the reconstruction of the middle vault of the nose, known as the ‘Fulcrum Spreader Graft’. He was also part of a study comparing the efficacy of the Sheen Spreader Graft and the Fulcrum Spreader Graft. The study has since been published on PubMed and the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.