We all want to fit into that perfect pair of skinny jeans, but sometimes a bit of extra weight—hello, “muffin top”—can make that a challenge. We talked to three different experts for insight on the procedures and tips to help you reach your waistline goals.





"A tummy tuck does a great job of removing loose skin and achieving a flatter, tighter abdomen in the front. It would typically include tightening of the central abdominal muscles (“abs”) that have been stretched and separated by pregnancy or weight gain. This tightening process cinches the waist in a bit. On its own, a tummy tuck is less powerful for areas further to the sides, like the waist and love handles, than it is for the front. I find liposuction is a valuable adjunct to achieve better narrowing of the waist, reduce the bulge of the love handles and “muffin-top” areas, and create a more appealing silhouette.

Although the inclusion of liposuction with a tummy tuck is certainly not mandatory, in my own practice most women will benefit from some additional lipo- suction contouring in order to achieve the best final “hourglass” shape and definition of the waistline. They tend to prefer combining liposuction with the tummy tuck in order streamline the recovery into a single session.

A tummy tuck, with or without liposuction, is a body-contouring procedure and not a weight-loss strategy, so the best candidate will have small to moderate amounts of excess fat, loose skin and/or a bulge due to stretched muscles. The patient should have achieved a stable, healthy, sustainable weight prior to surgery, be in good overall health, motiv- ated, and a non-smoker. When it comes to downtime, patients need to take two to three weeks off work and return back to their full routine after six weeks. Trying to do too much, too soon can compromise results and increase risk of complication. Normal consequences of the procedure include bruising, swelling, and numb- ness of the skin surface. Full results become apparent after six months."


"CoolSculpting is the premier, non-surgical and com- pletely non-invasive fat loss technology that uses cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells in the body. This freezing signals the fat cells to die naturally and become recycled by the body, leading to about 20 to 25 per cent of fat loss to the treated area. CoolSculpt- ing can be used for the waistline, “muffin top,” love handles, inner and outer hips, double chin and more.

CoolSculpting is an option for anyone who is looking to lose extra fat. However, it isn’t suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with an abdominal hernia, or those with certain rare blood disorders. It can be done during your lunch hour with no change to your daily routine and there is no downtime. Most side effects are mild and short lived: Pain, redness, tenderness to the treated area and temporary altered sensations are most common. CoolSculpting is great as it’s a fast, non-invasive and well tolerated treatment for fat loss that’s safer, does not require undertaking general anesthesia and you can do it on your lunch break."

Dr. Philip Alves, MD, CCFP, 
Bloor Village Cosmetic Medicine and Medical Director, North Medical Spa


"Losing weight can be challenging. Although diet and exercise are important, there are many factors to con- sider, such as stress, that can block weight loss due to the excessive release of the hormone cortisol. Stress can also lead to overeating, poor sleep and poor digestion, all of which can impact weight. For patients who want a slimmer waist, I recommend cleansing. A cleanse is a gentle way to reduce fat-soluble toxins, de-stress, and stimulate the liver, which is the number one fat-burning organ. With natural herbs that support liver health, many of my patients report a healthier metabolism.

While cleansing, aim for a whole foods diet. Rather than counting calories, try counting chemicals and limit processed foods, sugar-packed sauces and deep-fried fluids. Consider adding supplements that support a healthier gut, such as fiber, probiotics and herbs that assist with the cleansing of the seven channels of elimination in the body: colon, kidneys, blood, lungs, lymphatic system, skin and liver.

A high-potency probiotic acts as a multivitamin for the gut. I recommend it to my patients who want to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Finally, losing weight requires a plan. Meals should be prepped or planned in advance, workouts penciled into a calendar and supplements should be a daily part of one’s routine. I also encourage
my patients to carry a journal or use an app to track progress and to celebrate success as it’s easy to fall off track."

Dr. Sara Celik, ND BOARD CERTIFIED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR and Renew Life National Spokesperson 

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