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Body Contouring Overview

What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring aims to create a more aesthetic and defined contour to the tummy and flanks, breasts or chest, back, neck, hips, inner and outer thighs, or pubic region. Each of us is unique, and there is surely not a one-size-fits-all approach to body contouring procedures. Each procedure is carefully individualized to achieve one’s personal goals, taking into account body shape, height, body proportions, muscle contour, skin tone and texture. Body contouring surgery can help improve an individual’s body image, self-esteem and self confidence, potentially improving overall quality of life!

Dear Dr. Horton,

Thank you so much for your help. After I had the surgery, I felt that my body is much lighter and I am very happy now. My husband noticed it too and he is also happy for me, I should have done it a long time ago but it was not too late even though I did it recently.

The things you do make a big difference to your patients. I believe you make patients much happier, more confident and change their lives in a better and positive way. My family and I are very grateful to you for your help, patience and kindness. You are the best. May God’s glory shine upon you and your family with health, happiness, peace and harmony.


What Procedures Are Available to Contour the Body?

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty surgery removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, producing a taut and shapelier abdominal contour. A tummy tuck can reverse the effects of pregnancy and/or weight gain by creating a slimmer and tighter tummy silhouette, with reduced abdominal laxity and improved tone. An abdominoplasty truly restores the tummy’s muscle structure to improve posture, strength, muscle tone and ergonomics, decreasing waist diameter from the inside! In some individuals, liposuction is added to additional remove excess fat deposits in the surrounding areas.

Learn more about Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery here.


Liposuction is a simple and effective outpatient procedure that removes excess fatty deposits from specific areas of the body, improving body contour and reducing overall body size. Liposuction can create a more proportional contour in many areas of the body, with less downtime than other more invasive surgeries. Liposuction can be performed on multiple areas of the body at one time, or is used as a complimentary procedure to surgery of the breasts, tummy, body or face.

Learn more about Liposuction here.

Mommy Makeover Surgery

The “Mommy Makeover” spectrum of procedures rejuvenates a mother’s body after she has finished having children. Changes in the body after pregnancy can include breast deflation or drooping, loss of abdominal muscle tone, stretch marks, excess abdominal skin and fat or stubborn and persistent fat in other regions. Mommy makeover surgery usually focuses on the breasts, tummy and body, with the goal of recreating a pre-pregnancy shape, or sometimes to even look better than before having kids!

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Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure that creates a neat and tidy appearance to the labia region and can treat associated physical concerns such as self-consciousness or physical discomfort related to elongated or excess labia tissue. During a labiaplasty, excess or stretched-out labia tissue is carefully trimmed. Rejuvenation of the labia area can be an empowering experience, potentially improving a woman’s body image, sensuality and comfort during intimacy.

Learn more about Labiaplasty surgery here.

Post-Weight Loss Surgery Body Contouring

Following significant weight loss, most individuals have loose, hanging skin and folds that do not reflect their actual energy and youth. Post-weight loss surgery creates a more pleasing appearance to the body, contributing to improved body image, confidence and self-esteem. Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight often choose to have body contouring Plastic Surgery to uncover their newly fit and healthy bodies underneath! Post-weight loss surgery can involve sculpting and lifting of the breasts, contouring of the chest, arms, the tummy or back, and lifting the buttocks, inner or outer thighs.

Learn more about Post-Weight Loss surgery here.

Dr. Karen M. Horton, M.D. - Plastic Surgery, Physicians & Surgeons - Medical-M.D., San Francisco, CA