Body Contouring Surgery: What You Need To Know

What Is a Body Lift Surgery?

A body lift or body contouring surgery is a form of plastic surgery. It removes excess skin, cellulite, and fat deposits to better the appearance of sagging skin. Typically done after an extreme weight loss, this procedure looks as though it’s sculpting you an improved, tightened shape.

When Is Body Contouring Surgery a Good Option?

Experienced professionals have determined that the best candidates for reshaping surgery are those who:

  • Lost a significant amount of weight
  • Have reached their weight loss goal
  • Have stubborn excess skin around their body
  • Feel unsatisfied with the excess skin
  • Maintain a steady weight for at least six months to one year
  • Are in good shape

Types of Body Lift Procedures

Unwanted fat or saggy skin can be leftover across different regions of the body for different people. Because of this, body lift procedures have been optimized to treat a broad area range.

1. Buttocks, Hips, or Thigh

Body contouring surgery can be used for sculpting across the lower half of your body. Lift your buttocks, hips, or thighs for a tighter, toned look. Show off those results you worked for in the gym!

2. Tummy Tuck

Waist surgery sculpting won’t necessarily give you abs. But by pulling the skin upwards instead of downwards, unlike traditional tummy tucks, this procedure can lift your buttocks and outer thighs as well.

3. Arms and Breasts

If you have a great deal of sagging skin on your upper body, such as your arms and breasts, body lift procedures can tighten the tissue underneath and eliminate any skin surplus.

4. Overall Body

Interested in all these options? A full-body contour removes sagging skin or stubborn fat all over. It could be what finally has you seeing the slender figure that’s been hidden away for so long.

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What to Expect From Contour Surgery

Before setting up a consultation on body contouring surgery with a board-certified surgeon, like Dr. Mazaheri, there are a few things you should consider first.

Risks and Complications

Body plastic surgery does carry some potential for risk and complications, so be sure to work with a highly-skilled sculpting specialist such as Dr. Mazaheri for the best possible outcome.

Possible risks and complications include:

  • Scarring
  • Skin discoloration
  • Excessive bleeding or hematoma
  • Skin or fat tissue death
  • Poor wound healing or separation
  • Persistent swelling or fluid accumulation
  • Blood clots
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Anesthesia-related complications
  • Chronic pain
  • Temporary or permanent loss of skin sensation
  • Recurrent skin looseness or sagging

If you’re experiencing pain, shortness of breath, erratic heartbeats, or uncontrollable bleeding: contact your surgeon and seek emergency medical attention immediately.


It’s normal to see swelling, redness, and bruising in the days following any body lift procedures. Many professionals suggest taking two or three weeks of rest. However, a full recovery may take up to six weeks. This depends on whether you got waist surgery sculpting, a full-body contour, or another body lift procedure. Your physical response is another important recovery time factor.

During this time, you should maintain a healthy diet—and once you get the okay from your surgeon—gradually move towards a sufficient exercise routine to keep your new figure.


Depending on the extent of body lift procedures you underwent, you should see the final sculpting results anywhere from three months to a year. This firmness will last longer coupled with a healthy diet and exercise routine. Please note that aging and gravity will still affect the treated regions.

Even though talented surgeons like Dr. Mazaheri use inconspicuous surgical incisions, there’s still going to be some level of scarring. With proper aftercare and/or additional treatment, they can flatten, heal, and fade more quickly.

Botched Surgeries

By working with only board-certified plastic surgeons, you can reduce your chances of coming across any botched surgeries. If you’re ever in a situation where you have an undesirable aesthetic outcome from your body lift: don’t stress. Just book Dr. Maz for a consultation!

People come to his office with requests to fix their botched surgeries all the time. He’ll hear out your concerns and develop a procedural plan that will give you the look you want without putting you at further risk.

Body Plastic Surgery Consultation with Dr. Mazaheri

Whether your heart is set or your mind is still on the fence about body contouring/reshaping surgery, it’s always a great idea to hear the facts from an expert. Dr. Mazaheri is a board-certified plastic surgeon who’s been specially trained in body lifting procedures. From a standard body lift to unique cases of massive weight loss: Dr. Maz can help you achieve the results you’ve been working towards. Contact us here to book your appointment now!

Dr. Mehdi K. Mazaheri, MD, PC

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Dr. Mehdi K. Mazaheri

Dr. Mazaheri is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. After more than sixteen years of education and advanced training, Dr. Mazaheri opened his Scottsdale practice in 2003. He is a thorough and experienced surgeon with a strong focus on achieving patient needs. Dr. Mazaheri’s areas of specialty include breast and body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation, mastopexy, tummy tucks, liposuction and other body sculpting procedures. He and his friendly staff will only recommend procedures that will help you achieve your desired results. Focusing on your needs both before and after a procedure is Dr. Mazaheri’s top priority.

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