Events such as pregnancy or weight loss can have a negative impact on abdominal appearance, and certain features are often resistant to diet and exercise – particularly skin laxity, divergent muscles, or stubborn localised fat.

As a result many people are especially self-conscious about this region and decide to have corrective surgery –  an abdominoplasty or ‘tummy tuck’ procedure. Miles Banwell often prefers to combine the procedure with liposuction to achieve a more tapered waistline and harmonious aesthetic  – together the two procedures are termed lipoabdominoplasty.

The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and patients are looked after on the ward for typically two nights postoperatively. Time off work will vary between two and four weeks, depending on occupation. A compression garment is worn for four weeks, and heavy lifting or strenuous exertion is avoided for 6 weeks.