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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

Body Contouring Surgery

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