Body Contouring

Body Contouring Surgeries are comprised of a variety of surgeries intended to improve the appearance of the abdomen, back, and buttocks. These surgeries include:


Body contouring surgery encompasses a variety of body sculpting modalities to reshape a multitude of areas on the body. Liposuction, commonly called lipo, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, which allows surgeons to remove fat from the body. Whether you have diet resistant fat in the buttocks, abdomen, flanks, or thighs, liposuction is a surgical procedure that allows plastic surgeons to efficiently sculpt your problem, eliminating excess fat using hollow suction rods. A slimmer body contour is achieved by literally removing fat deposits through these specialized suction rods called liposuction cannulas.  Removal of these stubborn fat cells results in permanently improvement in body contour.

High definition liposuction

High definition liposuction is a more advanced liposuction modality, that uses ultrasound assisted liposuction, to emulsify and remove your fat more comprehensively. Traditional liposuction is limited to removal of the deep fat only; in contrast, ultrasound assisted liposuction emulsification of fat results in removal of both deep and superficial fat; comprehensive and uniform removal of fat results in more dramatic contouring of your body with visible hints of the underlying muscles. In addition, emulsification of fat allows for less blood loss and more comfort by virtue of protecting vessels and sensory nerves from unnecessary trauma. A final advantage of ultrasound assisted liposuction is that the residual remaining fat is able to settle evenly since it is liquefied.

Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is a sought after procedure post-pregnancy that targets a combination of body treatments, including  breast augmentation and/or lift, liposuction, tummy tuck,  back and buttock contouring. The goal of a mommy makeover is to restore the tone and overall appearance of a woman’s pre-pregnancy body. This strategic combination of body contouring procedures is custom tailored to fit the unique needs of the each individual mom.

Buttocks Enhancement

Buttocks enhancement requests have peaked recently, with brazilian buttock lift (BBL) now one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Buttock augmentation is a procedure that aims to enhance contour, tone, size, and shape of the buttocks. Enhancement can be achieved through buttocks fat grafting (BBL), buttock implant augmentation, and/or buttock lift. Fat grafting involves the transfer of harvested fat from other parts of the body into the superficial buttocks tissue layers. In contrast, buttocks implants are surgically placed in the deeper of tissues inside the gluteus maximus muscle. Interestingly, simultaneous fat grafting and buttocks implant augmentation can be performed when maximal increase in size is desired. Finally, a buttock lift can be considered which actually lifts the buttocks and lateral thighs when extensive drooping is observed that cannot be corrected with buttocks augmentation alone.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a body sculpting surgery that focuses on the removal of excess fat and redundant skin from your abdomen. The traditional tummy tuck surgery additionally allows for tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles like a brassiere which allows for maximal narrowing of the torso.  Tightening of the abdominal muscles that have stretched out, thinned out, or if the muscles have ripped, called a ventral hernia.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A modified version of the traditional abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck remove redundant skin limited to the lower abdominal and supra-pubic region. This surgery is less invasive than the traditional tummy tuck allowing for quicker recovery periods and allows for comprehensive rather than selective removal of fat form the entire abdomen using liposuction.

Post Bariatric Surgery

Obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass or a gastric sleeve procedure, will typically be left with severe skin redundancy deformities following extensive weight loss. Although patients universally improve their health and overall smaller body size, they do not fully appreciate their transformation secondary to unappealing skin rolls and contour deformities arising from skin redundancy. Post-Bariatric surgery is dedicated to eliminating all skin contour deformities using specialized body lifting and tucking procedures. These surgeries include the arm lift, breast lift, tummy tuck, buttock lift, lateral thigh lift, upper body lift, medial thigh tuck, lower body lift, and/or combination of the surgeries above called the Total Body Lift.

Fat Grafting

Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer, is the transfer of fat from one part of the body (usually the abdomen, back, and thighs) to another (usually the face, breast, and buttocks). Fat is harvested using liposuction, the fat aspirate is then processed, and then strategically transferred back to the body while keeping complete sterility. This procedure has gained in popularity as a safe and natural alternative to augmentation options using artificial fillers and or foreign elements such as implants.

Gender Confirmation Surgery

Gender Confirmation Surgery, also known as Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) is a surgical procedure by which a person’s physical gender appearance can be changed to align with their identified gender preference. For feminization this procedure includes but is not limited to: vaginoplasty, feminizing augmentation mammoplasty, orchiectomy, facial feminization surgery, reduction thyrochondroplasty (tracheal shave), and abdominal confirmation contouring. For masculinization this procedure includes but is not limited to: chest masculinization surgery, metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, scrotoplasty, hysterectomy, or abdominal etching confirmation surgery.

Male Abdominal Etching

Male Abdominal Etching is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the definition of the abdominal muscles by removing excess fat through ultrasound assisted high definition liposuction.  This procedure uses high definition liposuction protocols to create more defined abdominal muscles, often referred to as a six pack.

Each one of these surgeries is intended to correct a specific body deformity or region of concern. Liposuction is intended to provide comprehensive and uniform removal of fat from all areas of prominence. High definition liposuction is reserved for patients who achieve near perfect 9 or 10 body contouring outcomes and requires comprehensive contouring surgical designs and implementation using ultrasound assisted Vaser liposuction. Mommy Makeover surgeries refer to comprehensive breast, abdomen, back, buttocks, and thigh contouring intended to reverse all of the pregnancy induced changes. Tummy tuck surgery specifically addresses body contouring concerns of the abdomen. Abdominal muscle thinning and stretching as well as redundant lower abdominal skin can be corrected following tummy tuck surgery. A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive tummy tuck alternative that allows for elimination of minimal to moderate skin redundancy and a quicker recovery. Post Bariatric surgery comprises a variety of modified traditional surgeries to meet the required removal of severe skin redundancy in patients that have lost 100 to 200 pounds. Finally, body contouring can be utilized to improve male abdominal and chest appearance as well as to assist in gender confirmation or reassignment surgery of the breasts and abdomen.

If are interested in having body contouring surgery, we encourage you to make a consultation with Dr. Mowlavi at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. You will provided a thorough physical examination and you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals with Dr. Mowlavi. Finally, you will be provided a customized, comprehensive surgical plan and surgical cost estimate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Preparation for before/after vaser lipo?

First and foremost, you will be given adequate consult time to discuss pre-operative and post-operative expectations/preparations so your surgery day goes and smoothly as possible. We have a complete Perfect Change Program that guides you following your initial consultation. From a basic standpoint, EKG, CBC, BMP, and perhaps a chest X-ray are pre-op requirements, as well as abstaining from any form of blood thinners, both prescribed and dietary (omega-3s). Post-operative planning should keep in mind your medical history, living situation, and extent of help you have to get you to and from follow up appointments.

Lumpy and wrinkled abdomen skin after vaser lipo. What can be done to help get some what my body back?

What happened is that your surgeon did not take into account skin redundancy that has occurred following too much fat removal; your abdomen can be corrected with tightening of your skin and/or a small excision of skin. As an official Vaser trainer I perform revision contouring weekly and appreciate your concern of skin irregularity but I can assure you that this can be fixed

Is the compression foam needed after surgery?

Yes, you should have been discharged with the foam wedge in order to compress the remaining fat so it can evenly settle

Patient Specific Questions:

I’ve lost some weight and there is minimal loose skin on my stomach. Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Your tummy could benefit from a mini tummy tuck only. This will ensure a quick recovery of approximately 10 days getting back to your normal routine. The additional benefit of having a mini tummy tuck is that you could have abdominal etching with VASER liposuction if you want to have waistline narrowing and or abdominal etching.

What procedure will work for me after 6 children, 2 c-sections and muscle separation? Will I need a full TT?

You will make an absolutely incredible high definition body contouring candidate. This contouring is intended for patients like yourself who are in exceptional shape despite having had babies. Using VASER liposuction and Renuvion skin tightening, no cutting is required yet you can be etched to perfection.

Is Vaser Lipo or Smart Lipo better at achieving a naturally thinner look for arms if I’m completely against an arm lift?

Vaser liposuction is the gold standard in body contouring. Its ability to reach both the superficial and the deep layer of fat allows a trained surgeon to maximize body contouring results. When using Vaser on the arms, you can also use Renuvion JPlasma skin tightening to avoid ugly incision lines and see results with smooth and tight skin following lipo.


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