The purpose of body contouring surgery or a body lift is to restore attractive proportions to the body for both men and women.

Genetics, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, and aging are all factors that can cause your body to sag, droop, and accumulate unwanted fat over time. Many individuals find that, despite following a diet and fitness regimen, certain areas of the body retain stubborn fatty deposits.

Body Contouring

In a body contouring procedure, your plastic surgeon utilizes liposuction, skin excision, and lifting and tightening techniques to lift, smooth, and resculpt your areas of concern. Patients enjoy not only the physical changes of body contouring or a body lift: a more attractive body but also a strengthened sense of self-confidence.

Body contouring to improve the shape and proportions of the hips, waist, buttocks, and thighs may include one or more of the following procedures: liposuction, lower body lift, tummy tuck/abdominoplasty, thigh lift, arm lift, buttocks lift, and buttocks augmentation.

Many patients choose to combine body contouring with other procedures such as breast enhancement surgery or fat grafting, a procedure in which fat that has been liposuctioned from a patient’s own body is used to add volume to the face, lips, or buttocks. In many cases, multiple procedures can be combined in a single operation. Our plastic surgeons perform all body contouring procedures at our private AAAASF-certified surgery center in Virginia Beach, where you will be carefully monitored and cared for by a highly trained surgical staff.

In a body contouring procedure or body lift, your plastic surgeon utilizes a combination of techniques for body sculpting. Liposuction is employed to reduce excess fat and resculpt more attractive contours. To improve sagging and loose skin, we will remove the excess skin and tighten and resuspend the underlying tissues in order to restore a smoother, lifted appearance. The length of surgery varies, ranging from 1-6 hours or more depending on the number and complexity of the procedures that are performed and the physical condition of the patient. Safety is our primary concern and oftentimes procedures for areas of the body needs to be staged or grouped together for your benefit.


Liposuction is effective at reducing the unwanted bulges from excess fat that are difficult to diminish through diet and exercise alone. The procedure’s primary purpose is to restore more attractive contours and proportions to the body through the removal of excess fatty deposits.

In the liposuction procedure, through small incisions, a thin hollow tube called a cannula is used to suction out the unwanted fat. To minimize scarring, these incisions are typically no more than one-eighth of an inch in length, and they are placed in inconspicuous areas such as natural skin folds and creases.

To reduce swelling and help your body conform to its new contours, you will be fitted with a compression garment which will be worn for approximately 2-4 weeks.

Recovery can range from 5-7 days for liposuction and up to two weeks for more extensive body lifting procedures. The results of body contouring are typically long-lasting provided that a stable weight is maintained.

Please contact our Virginia Beach plastic surgery center for more information and to schedule a Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation on body contouring or body lift procedures. You can also call our Chesapeake, Newport News, and Suffolk offices.