What is Body Contouring?

What is Body Contouring?

Desire for cosmetic surgery is growing, with Australians spending 40 per cent more on body contouring procedures like liposuction and tummy tucks than their American counterparts.

I often come across clients who are concerned with excess fat and sagging skin. Whether the result of major weight loss or pregnancy, these complaints can affect various parts of the body including the stomach, thighs, buttocks and upper arms. But there is a solution – body contouring procedures are a common way for men and women to remove excess skin and fat and improve the shape and tone of underlying tissue.

The type of body contouring you decide on is highly personalised. Everyone loses weight differently, so you may decide to focus on one region at a time or combine procedures depending on your body shape goals.

Different body contouring procedures include:


The second most popular procedure in Australia in 2010, liposuction removes fat deposits that have been unresponsive to diet or exercise. Once removed, they’re gone forever.

Lower body lift

An effective way to remove loose, hanging skin from around the abdomen and flanks as well as lifting your buttocks for a new fresh look. This is commonly known as the ‘mummy makeover’, due to its popularity with women who have given birth.

Thigh Lift

A great way to firm and tone your upper legs so you can confidently slip back into those summer shorts and swimmers. Thigh lifts are good for active people who are unable to achieve improved thigh tone with diet and exercise.

Tummy Tuck

Most common among people who have experienced significant weight loss, a tummy tuck can improve your self-esteem and quality of life.

Upper Arm Lift

This will reshape the underneath of your upper arms for a smoother, more toned appearance, but is generally not recommended for people who are overweight or struggle with unstable weight.

It’s important to remember that body contouring isn’t about losing weight, but is designed for anyone who is failing to move excess fat and loose, sagging skin with a good diet and regular exercise. Depending on your needs and goals, the right procedure can significantly boost your confidence and self esteem.

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