Whether you are shaping up or tucking in, Emory Aesthetic Center has a body contouring procedure to meet your needs. You deserve to have a body that reflects your inner glow, and helps you feel confident about the way you look. Our expert surgeons are experienced in:

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Pregnancy, significant weight loss, and the effects of normal aging can cause excess fat and stretched, loose skin to form along the abdomen. Unfortunately, this skin is unlikely to retract on its own. A tummy tuck is an effective surgical procedure that can tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess fat and skin for a smooth and taut stomach. Although a wide variety of patients can benefit from an abdominoplasty, more women elect to undergo abdominoplasty than men, generally after having their last child. Tummy tuck surgery can even address separated abdominal muscles that may occur after pregnancy and cannot be tightened through exercise alone.


Stubborn fat deposits can be unresponsive to traditional methods of diet and exercise, no matter how hard you try. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can address these isolated fat pockets and sculpt a smoother, slimmer physique. While liposuction is not an effective weight loss method, the procedure is an excellent solution for people at a stable weight who are struggling with stubborn "problem areas". Different surgical techniques are available and can be tailored to the individual patient.

Body Contouring

After Weight Loss Losing large amounts of weight is a tough goal to achieve and is a major life accomplishment. However significant weight loss can also cause its own problems, including loose and sagging skin that is unable to retract to its original shape. Body contouring procedures can tighten and re-drape the skin after massive weight, giving a more youthful, fit, and healthy appearance. They are often used to benefit the stomach, buttocks, thighs, back, breasts, and arms, as these areas are prone to loose skin.

Buttock Augmentation/Buttock Lift

Many people are interested in developing full and shapely buttocks, but not everyone is able to achieve this goal with exercise alone. Buttock augmentation is an increasingly popular procedure that can add volume and contour to the buttocks. In the United States, fat transfer is the most popular procedure for adding natural-looking volume to the buttocks. A fat transfer involves taking fatty tissue from another area of the body using liposuction, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs, and using it to augment the buttocks. Buttock lift surgery is a separate procedure that is performed following massive weight loss to remove and tighten excess skin around the butt for improved contour and proportion. With a buttock lift, fat grafts or a flap can be used for increased volume as well.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

The arms are a surprisingly common area for people to develop stubborn fat, and in most instances, liposuction can do a great job of reducing these deposits and creating a better arm contour. After significant weight loss, the loose skin beneath the arms can have difficulty retracting leaving behind "bat wings" that can cause embarrassment and hesitation to wear sleeveless tops or swimwear. Arm lift surgery addresses these concerns by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the upper arms. After the surgery, the arms have improved contour and tighter, smoother skin.

Thigh Lift

Loose, rippling skin can distort the contours of the thighs and occurs most often following massive weight loss. Thigh lift surgery is performed to lift and tighten the skin on the thighs for improved contour and overall appearance. Thigh lift surgery is often combined with a buttock lift or other body contouring surgeries for comprehensive improvement of loose tissue.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves removing fat from one area of the body (such as the stomach or thighs), and using it to rejuvenate and restore volume to another area. Fat transfer procedures can be used to augment the face, buttocks, the breasts or other areas, and it can also be used to help restore contour abnormalities after previous surgery. Aging involves more than just wrinkled, sagging skin. With age, the facial volume is usually reduced and contributes significantly to an aged look. Fat can enhance volume to the cheeks, fill in larger wrinkles, and fill out hollow areas like the temples or under the eyes.

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