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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

Body Contouring Surgery

Details about Cleveland Clinic's body contouring procedures

Learn more about all of the body contouring surgery options at Cleveland Clinic. Body contouring refers to procedures that change the shape, or contour, of a part of your body by removing excess skin and underlying fat. Procedures include liposuction, tummy tuck and panniculectomy, body lift, arm lift, thigh lift and more.

Procedure Why Consider It?


Removes excess fat from a wide variety of areas, including the chin and neck, hips, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, knees and ankles and buttocks.

  • Improves body contour and proportion
  • Trims fat that won't go away with weight loss or exercise
  • Treats gynecomastia (male breast enlargement)

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) & Panniculectomy

Tummy tuck removes excess abdominal fat and skin; typically, also reestablishes weakened or separated muscles. Panniculectomy addresses excess skin below the belly button due to weight loss.

  • Both procedures create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile
  • Panniculectomy can also relieve rashes due to excess skin

Surgery After Significant Weight Loss

Fine-tunes body areas after significant weight loss through a variety of body contouring procedures.

  • Allows full benefit of weight loss to be realized
  • Abdomen, thighs, buttocks, breasts, face and/or neck can be targeted

Body Lift

Excess sagging fat and skin are removed to treat conditions caused, in part, by poor tissue elasticity.

  • Treats excess skin, cellulite and sagging fatty tissue
  • Can treat the buttocks, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs in one procedure

Arm Lift

Removes excess hanging skin from the underarm and reshapes the under portion of the upper arm – from the armpit area to the elbow.

  • Improves droopy, sagging upper arms resulting from weight loss, aging or heredity
  • Addresses excess skin, weakened tissues and localized fat deposits

Thigh Lift

Reshapes the thighs by reducing excess skin, and in some cases fat, for smoother skin and better-proportioned contours.

  • Offers smoother leg contours
  • Different types of thigh lifts target certain areas of the thighs for specific results

Buttock Lift

A buttock lift improves and/or removes excess, sagging buttock and thigh skin resulting from weight loss, aging and gravity, or genetics.

  • Raises and tightens the skin over the buttocks
  • Makes the buttocks appear less saggy, dimpled or wrinkled