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Body contouring surgery encompasses a number of different body sculpting techniques used by cosmetic surgeons to reshape almost any area of the body. Through body sculpting surgery, patients can effectively eliminate excess fat and skin that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Read on to learn more about the different types of body contouring plastic surgery procedures currently available.

Cosmetic surgeons employ a variety of body sculpting techniques to help their patients achieve lean, toned figures, including liposuction, tummy tuck, and body lift surgery.

Arm Lift

Brachioplasty, commonly referred to as an arm lift, is a procedure used to remove excess skin in the upper arm. Skin commonly loses its elasticity throughout the arms as a result of natural aging or rapid weight loss. Arm lift surgery tightens and tones the upper arms, restoring a youthful contour. Patients with excess fat on their arms may elect to have liposuction performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures for even more dramatic results. Many patients, who had previously been fearful of wearing revealing clothing or of raising their arms over their heads report an increase in self-confidence after the procedure. Learn more about arm lift surgery and visit the DocShop gallery to view more arm lift before and after photos.

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Bicep Implants

Bicep implants are used to create muscular definition and increased bulk in patients' arms. These implants can be useful for both men and women who are unable to achieve the upper arm toning they desire, even after extensive muscular conditioning. Not only can bicep implants improve the appearance of the arms, but they can also bring the entire upper body into better proportion. Learn more about bicep implants.

Body Lift

Patients with extensive amounts of excess or hanging skin in multiple areas of the body may benefit from a more inclusive, larger scale body lift procedure. More extensive body lift procedures can target the entire body (a total body lift) or specific regions (upper, mid, or lower body lifts). Total body lifts are useful to patients who have lost skin elasticity all over their body. Although full body lift surgery is a complex surgery requiring an extended period of recovery, doctors are often able to achieve the best overall aesthetic results with this treatment. Full body lifts address every part of a patient's body where fat and excess skin frequently accumulate: the arms, breasts, buttocks, hips, thighs, and abdomen. Learn more about total body lift surgery and visit the DocShop gallery to view body lift before and after photos.

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Butt Implants

Buttock augmentation involves the insertion of butt implants to enhance the shape, size, and appearance of the rear end. Butt implants can be used to add curves and definition to the buttocks, in women and men alike. Some butt implant patients feel their buttocks lack shape, while others want to have a more sensuous rear end by making it fuller or larger. Learn more about butt implants.

Butt Lift

Buttocks lift surgery, also called "Brazilian butt lift surgery," is an increasingly common plastic surgery technique intended to firm and enhance a patient's rear end. Like other body lifts, butt lift surgery is useful for removing excess skin while toning and tightening the remaining skin. In the Brazilian butt lift, a patient's butt is enhanced using purified fat cells from elsewhere in the body. Patients achieve a rounder, fuller, firmer buttock using their own tissue and without the need for butt implants. Butt lift surgery has been shown to be both safe and effective while providing patients with long-lasting, beautiful results. Many butt lift patients report increased self-confidence after the procedure. Learn more about Brazilian butt lift surgery and visit the DocShop gallery to view butt lift before and after photos.

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Calf Implants

Calf augmentation through the insertion of implants is an excellent option for patients who are dissatisfied with the shape or size of their calf muscles. By and large, men and women choose to undergo calf augmentation for very different reasons. Men more often than not want to emphasize bulk and muscle while women typically seek balance and proportionality. Learn more about calf implants and visit the DocShop gallery to view calf implant before and after photos.

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Liposuction is the most popular method of body contouring surgery because it allows the surgeon to re-sculpt specific areas of the body. Using only a few tiny incisions, your surgeon can target stubborn fat deposits and permanently remove fat cells from the area. There are many different methods of liposuction available, and you and your surgeon will discuss which technique is right for you. To learn more, visit our liposuction page and visit the DocShop gallery to view liposuction before and after photos.

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Pec Implants

Pectoral implants may be an excellent option for men who, even though they exercise frequently, wish to further shape or enhance their chests for the defined, muscular appearance they desire. Pec implants shape, enlarge, and firm the chest muscles. Pectoral body implants help patients achieve the appearance they desire while still allowing for a natural feel and appearance. Learn more about pec implants and visit the DocShop gallery to view pec implant before and after photos.

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Thigh Lift

Thighplasty, or thigh lift surgery, is a popular cosmetic surgery option for patients seeking firmer, more attractive upper legs. Like other area specific body lifts, thighplasty helps tone and tighten excess, loose, or hanging skin. There are several different types of thigh lift procedures that may be performed, depending upon the patient's needs and goals. Surgeons can use a bilateral, medial, or inner thigh lift to safely remove excess skin. Thigh lift surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with liposuction surgery for even better results. Learn more about thigh lift surgery and visit the DocShop gallery to view thigh lift before and after photos.

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a unique body sculpting surgery that combines removal of excess skin and fat from the midsection with the surgical tightening of the abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty is typically offered as an individual procedure, but may also be performed during full body lift surgery. Learn more about the tummy tuck procedure and visit the DocShop gallery to view abdominoplasty before and after photos.

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Areas of the body with unwanted fat, excess skin, and cellulite can be effectively treated with a variety of surgical body sculpting techniques and cellulite reduction treatment options. For those who struggle with a combination of excess skin and fat, removal through surgery is an excellent choice. Read on to learn more about plastic surgery procedures and skin treatments that can help tone, slim, and smooth your figure.


Non-surgical cellulite reduction treatment can be performed using a variety of techniques. One of the most popular and effective treatments for reducing the appearance of cellulite is Lipomassage™ by Endermologie®, which combines mechanized suction and therapeutic massage to break down fat cells, release water retention, and smooth the thighs, buttocks, and hips. Similar cellulite-reducing systems that employ radiofrequency (RF) treatment, such as VelaSmooth™ and VelaShape™, have been shown to offer additional skin tightening results. 

Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve™ are two other non-surgical approaches to cellulite reduction. These treatments involve the injection of fat-reducing solutions to catalyze fat loss and smooth the appearance of cellulite. Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve™ may also be used in combination with body wrap treatments designed specifically to accelerate fat loss and tighten the skin.

Excess Skin

Whether excess skin is the result of a pregnancy, dramatic weight loss, or the aging process, excess skin and fat removal surgery is specifically designed to target your problem areas. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the midsection and the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened to slenderize the waist line. Other, more extensive procedures, such as full body lift and lower body lift, trim excess skin and fat along the thighs, hips, buttocks, and waist. More localized lift procedures such as an arm lift, thigh lift, butt lift, and breast lift are less intensive procedures that focus on excess skin and fat removal from one specific area of the body.

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Fat Removal

The most effective surgical fat removal treatment is liposuction. Liposuction removes excess fat from below the surface of the skin through tiny incisions. There are many different types of liposuction, including ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL), tumescent liposuction, LipoSelection®, and power assisted liposuction (PAL). Each type of liposuction has its benefits and risks, and an experienced cosmetic surgeon can help you decide which procedure will work best for you. Unlike other body contouring procedures, liposuction does not involve excess skin removal and is not an effective cellulite reduction treatment.

Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve™ are non-surgical fat and cellulite reduction treatment options. Both treatments involve the injection of specially formulated solutions beneath the skin to break down and eliminate fat and cellulite. There are no incisions required to perform these fat removal treatments; however, since the fat cells are not surgically removed from the area, the appearance of fat is more likely to return than with liposuction.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Body Sculpting Surgery?

Candidates for body contouring treatments should be in good overall health, have good skin elasticity and skin thickness, and have reasonable expectations for the outcome of fat removal, cellulite reduction treatment, or excess skin removal surgery. Some body sculpting techniques, such as a total body lift, involve intensive surgical procedures. In such cases, candidates may have to meet additional health requirements before they can proceed with surgery.

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For further information about body sculpting techniques and body contouring surgery, contact a cosmetic surgeon in your area through DocShop today. An experienced surgeon can help you explore all of your options and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure that interests you.

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