Body Contouring Miami (Body sculpting)

The Body Contouring Miami procedure, also known as body sculpting, or “body shaping surgery”, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that targets stubborn fat deposits and excessive through a suction and tightening technique. Within this article, we will touch upon the commonly asked questions of Body Contouring, the benefits of this procedure, ideal candidates, best plastic surgeons for Body procedures, cost, and so much more about this highly in-demand procedure!

What is body contouring surgery?

After an individual has lost excessive weight, another problem which arises is the amount of skin left. To get rid of this excess skin you will need a surgical procedure to raise and reshape all the extra skin. Through procedures like liposuction, tummy tuck, body lifting, and more, individuals can target the stubborn fat and skin folds left over because of weight loss!

Benefits of Body Contouring

Self-esteem and self-image are vital to how a woman feels about herself. If an individual feels poorly about their appearance, their attitude and overall approach to life can be altered. After undergoing body sculpting procedures, you can finally feel like yourself again by restoring your figure and returning their body back to its original state.

Is Body Contouring procedure right for you?

Individuals who are looking into undergoing Body Contouring procedures should be fairly healthy and should not have any life threatening conditions in order to help achieve maximum results and a speedy recovery. A good candidate for liposuction procedure should also be no more than 25 pounds from his/her ideal goal weight, as too much fat removal can become a safety hazard. We recommend patients begin an exercise and diet routine prior to undergoing surgery in order to ensure that the body is in healthy conditions and that the individual will not have a hard time adjusting to the routine afterwards the procedure.

Potential candidates should refrain from smoking at least 4 weeks before the procedure in order to help the body heal and recover quickly.

Body shaping surgery : Your first Consultation

The first measure that must be taken is to communicate with one of our surgery centers in Miami. At Jolie Miami our plastic surgeons specializing in body lift will assess the patient’s general medical condition. The plastic surgeon will make a complete laboratory checkup that should tell the surgeon of your general health condition, such as if the patient is addicted to any drugs or is taking any specific medication.

Jolie’s plastic surgeon will explain the procedure and will always agree to the benefits a body lift surgery will provide for the patient, because this procedure may include many procedure and changes at once for example, the lifting of excess skin and fat from the outer thighs, buttocks and the lower back, to conclude from the bottom of the breast to the middle of the thigh, the optimal result will be a better shape and youthful appearance.

The plastic surgeon will recommend a strict home care system and diet before your body lift surgery. It is also important to stop taking any drugs for at least two weeks before the surgery. You will also be advised of the date and time of admission to the clinic. It is also important you make sure there is someone at home who can take care of you after your body lift surgery.

What happens during a body contouring surgery


An abdominoplasty surgery is considered a major cosmetic procedure due to the incisions and extraction of skin tissue. Therefore, this surgery must be performed under general anesthesia to ensure comfort and painless procedure. At Jolie Plastic Surgery we use general anesthesia for the removal of excess skin from the body, regardless of the body type or how much skin will be removed during the surgical procedure.

This body lift procedure usually starts first from back and sides, but it can vary depending on the patient’s need. For example, the removal of skin and fat from the back with a buttock lift as well as the removal of skin and fat from the middle part of the body is reduced and outer thighs are raised, as well as skin extracted together with belly fat. While receiving general anesthesia, the patient is intubated by way of a certified anesthesiologist who inserts a breathing tube through your throat. Throughout the procedure, the anesthesiologist will administer intravenous medication to ensure you stay sedated throughout the procedure.

At first you will feel at ease and calmed at the intravenous medication begins. After you are relaxed, the general anesthesia will be administered. This is the moment in which you will not remember feeling or consciousness throughout the procedure. Your blood pressure and pulse will remained at a low level and monitored during the entire process.

Rest assured that Jolie Plastic Surgery provides the highest trained anesthesiologists in the South Florida Area. Our anesthesiologist team constantly overlooks the patient’s vital functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing at the time of the procedure.

Incision for Body Contouring Miami

A small incision in the navel is made to reconstruct and tighten the abdominal wall. This body lift procedure may take anywhere from 5 to 7 hours. At Jolie we also offer a liposuction or liposculpture procedure that improves and smooths out body contouring. Other procedures, such as breast augmentation and abdominoplasty are often performed in combination with body lifting or body sculpting to achieve better results.

Once Liposuction is completed, the abdominoplasty surgeon creates a horizontal incision from hip bone to hip bone between the navel and pubic region. The size of the incision is based on the patient’s excess skin and fat. Once the incision is made, it is pulled upward so that the doctor can work on the weakened abdominal muscles.

If necessary, a second surgical cut is made on the navel in order to fully tighten the upper abdominal muscles. The excess skin is then pulled downwards and the excess skin is removed. Finally, the new skin is sutured together with the abdominal wall and a new navel opening is created. The bellybutton is then pushed out through the new opening and stitched into a proper position. The hip incision is then closed through suturing, and if necessary drains are placed to help remove fluid build-up.

Body contouring procedures


Commonly referred to as lipo, Body Contouring liposuction aims to help reshape and contour the body form by removing excess fat deposits and tightening the skin. Even with diet and active lifestyles, individuals may still suffer from fatty stores that they simply cannot get rid of. Lipo specifically targets these stubborn fat body areas such as the flanks (love handles) abdomen, arms, legs, and upper back.

Patients who undergo a lipo procedure can benefit from both emotional and physical changes along with achieving their body sculpting goals safely and effectively. Because lipoplasty has become such a popular procedure worldwide, it has also become one of the most performed and perfected cosmetic surgeries available on the market. Lipoplasty surgery is not only used to safely remove any unwanted fat but also to eliminate any unwanted cellulite, sculpt and perfect curves in the body along with adding great amounts of contour to areas that have previously plateaued with exercise such as the legs, back or abdomen.

Performed on almost every body part imaginable, the most commonly requested areas for lipoplasty are listed below:

  • Waist
  • Flanks- “Love Handles”
  • Hips
  • Upper Arms
  • Lower Abdomen
  • Upper Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Inner Thighs
  • Outer Thighs
  • Anterior Thighs
  • Knees
  • Lower Legs
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Cheeks

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery)

The Abdominoplasty procedure is a 2-in-1 procedure performed during a body contouring, offering elimination of fat cells with tightening of the skin and abdominal muscles. By sewing the muscles of the abdominal tightly, the result is an internal waistband providing a lifetime regulation on weight gain. This surgery proves effective for those women who have suffered skin stretching and distended abdomen that appears disproportionate to the rest of the body. Additionally, an abdominoplasty completed during a body contouring includes the removal of stretchmarks below the navel line. Added benefits of this procedure include flattening and reshaping of the abdomen, leading to a much more desired hourglass figure.

There are various types of abdominoplasty procedures that can be done during a body contouring, each focusing on a specific area of concentration. Depending on the level of excess skin and weight gain, will determine which type of tummy tuck is appropriate for the patient. The most common kind is the full abdominoplasty which is done in the abdomen area with an incision from the pelvic bone to pelvic bone. The strategic placement of this incision, offers contouring of the abdominal skin, muscle and tissue.

Upper and lower body lift (arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, buttocks enhancement)

Another option for individuals undergoing the body contouring Miami is the circumferential abdominoplasty, often known as a body lift or belt lipectomy. This procedure differs from the traditional tummy tuck by including not only the abdominal area, but also the waistline, back and hips. For women who have experienced excess abdominal skin reaching their sides, back, buttocks or thigh area, the circumferential tummy tuck proves to be a lasting answer. The incision is done in a “belt-like” manner which simply means it goes along the back as well as the abdomen. This procedure provides the benefits of removing excess fat from the upper and lower body during a body contouring, leading to an overall more youthful appearance.


The Panniculectomy serves to remove the excessive abdominal skin left over after an individual has undergone extreme weight loss. This procedure is suited for individuals who only have excessive abdominal skin but do not suffer from distended abdominal muscles. For example, women who have undergone pregnancy often suffer from stretched abdominal muscles and excessive skin due to the growth of their uterus. For these women, the tummy is a more viable option as it tightens the abdominal muscles as well as extracts excessive skin.

Risks associated with the procedure

When undergoing any cosmetic procedure, understand that there will always be a chance for side effects, risks and complications. The abdominoplasty and body lift procedures can be potentially more challenging and requires attentive preoperative planning and recovery care.

A few of the more familiar risks include infections, internal bruising, hematoma, modification to the nipple and breast sensitivity, soreness, bleeding, fluid imbalance, capsular contracture, and embolism. Even though there is a possibility for deep vein thrombosis subsequently following the operation, this rarely occurs if proper recovery protocol is followed. All potential side effects from the tummy tuck procedure can be efficiently treated through proper instruction follow through and medication for pain management.

Patients should expect to wear a compressive garment in order to assist in draining the excess fluids. Tummy tuck plastic surgeons also highly recommend having post-operative lymphatic massages. Expect the time of the abdominoplasty recovery to be approximately 2 weeks in which strenuous activity must be avoided.

Body Contouring Miami recovery

A common concern when undergoing body contouring is the abdominoplasty recovery time. The abdominoplasty recovery time depends on which type of tummy tuck is selected based on the individual’s specific needs. However an initial general time frame given to most patients is 10 days to two weeks. Patients are given a specific abdominoplasty recovery plan to follow according to age, weight, and type of mommy makeover procedure they underwent.

Patients undergoing the body contouring procedure, specifically the tummy tuck, must understand that this is a major cosmetic surgery. The swelling and discomfort will go away within a few weeks after the procedure. It is common to have lower body swelling due to the lymphatic draining that is occurring within the abdomen. This is improved by wearing Jolie’s specialized body garments and through lymphatic massages by our certified massage therapists.

Post-operative scar care is vital is lessening the appearance of scars. At Jolie Plastic Surgery, we provide patients with post procedural scar care to ensure they heal properly. Within that care we provide specially formulated gels and topical ointments for purchase to aid is this recovery process.

How much does body contouring cost?

The price of the procedure varies according to:

  • Surgeon’s experience
  • State in which the procedure is performed
  • Complexity of the procedure

The complexity of the procedure depends on the amount of skin and fat that must be extracted as well as the type of incision selected. The cost of body contouring surgery also depends on what you are looking for specifically. Surgery on one area in general may have an average cost of $ 4000 to $ 10,000. Jolie offers the best financing options throughout South Florida.

At Jolie Miami several certified physicians perform this procedure: Dr. Anthony Hasan , Dr. Jonathan Fisher, Dr. Daniel Calva and Dr. Arnaldo Valls, are all very talented plastic surgeons with experience performing this procedure. Jolie surgeons are all certificated and they have acquired a wealth of experience, knowledge achieving high patient satisfaction ratings. Jolie Plastic Surgery has a team of surgeons who belong to recognized organizations and accredited in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

At Jolie, the cost of body contouring includes:

  • Surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Medical/laboratory tests
  • Prescriptions for medications
  • Post-op garments
  • Surgeon's fee

Why choose Jolie Plastic surgery for your procedure

The experts at Jolie Plastic surgery always suggest that patients perform thorough research when deciding which plastic surgeon to perform any procedure on their body. Remember that the results for cosmetic procedures are supposed to be durable; therefore, you should be very comfortable with your doctor. We suggest looking into the doctor’s educational history, training, and previous work such as before and afters.

The best body contouring doctors take the time to listen to your desires based on your initial consultation. They will properly evaluate you in determining if you an ideal candidate for this procedure. After the evaluation, they will discuss what breast incision and technique best suits your body composition. And finally, together with a patient, they will decide on the goal from the procedure.

Dedicated body liposculpture surgeons will also provide you with individualized instructions for post- operative care. They will be willing to display some of their work such as before and after pictures so that patients can get a better sense of the surgeons’ technique. The best body contouring Miami doctors will also be at the patient’s disposal by willing to address any questions or concerns a patient may have.

If you are interested in this life-changing procedure, call Jolie Plastic Surgery at (305) 262-8347 so that you can embrace your beauty once again!


Are photographs for the surgical procedure taken?

Our cosmetic surgeons usually take photographs of the area to be treated. These photographs are technically useful before and during surgery and they are also used as photographic historical data preoperatively and postoperatively.

Is it ok if I smoke before surgery?

It’s very important to stop smoking for several weeks before your body lift surgery. The harmful effects of cigarettes produce toxins that affect micro circulation and this reduces proper nutrition and oxygenation of tissues, which may hinder the healing and recovery process.

Can several areas be treated at the same time?

This is generally possible. First, your will have a medical consultation with one of the surgeons at Jolie Plastic Surgery and then the doctor will walk you through the whole process. Depending on the areas the patient wants to remove, he or she may need more than one procedure. Patient safety is our first priority.

When can I go back to resume normal activities and physical activity?

Most patients are able to go back to work within 3 days after the procedure is performed. If the patient has performed this procedure on many areas, it will take longer time for him or her to recover. Patients are able to move around on the night of the surgery. They can do low impact exercise, such as yoga and walking, one week after surgery. You should avoid high-impact exercise during the first 3 weeks.

How much does body contouring cost?

The complexity of the procedure depends on the amount of skin and fat that must be extracted as well as the type of incision selected. The cost of body contouring surgery also depends on what you are looking for specifically. Surgery on one area in general may have an average cost of $ 4000 to $ 10,000. Jolie offers the best financing options throughout South Florida.

What Financing for body sculpting does Jolie Plastic Surgery offer?

At Jolie Plastic Surgery, we understand that paying for body procedures may not be a possible option for many of our patients. This is why we offer a variety financing plans through systems like Care Credit in which the patient would need to be pre-approved. Patients can also take advantage of Our “Lay Away Plan” which requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate! This plan includes the benefit of “locking” the price for up to TWO years by way of low monthly payments

Will a lower body lift fix all my problems that concern me after massive weight loss?

Unlikely. Only because when individual lose massive amount of weight, the side effect of excessive skin and skin folding become apparent throughout the entire body. The lower body lift only targets the abdomen, thighs, and back. However, is does not address arm weight loss of sagging of the breast/chest.

Will I spend the night in the hospital after the lower body lift?

In order to have a full recovery, patients are guided on how to properly arrange their home and recovery area to aide in the healing process. Patients will be sent home the same day after their surgery if all is well. Having a caregiver during the mommy makeover recovery allows patients to return back to their usual state more quickly. If you do not have a caregiver, Jolie offers Recovery Houses for a discounted rate.

Can I get body contouring after bariatric surgery?

Certainly! After an individual has lost excessive weight through bariatric procedures, another problem which arises is the amount of skin left. To get rid of this excess skin you will need a surgical procedure to raise and reshape all the extra skin. Through procedures like liposuction, tummy tuck, body lifting, and more, individuals can target the stubborn fat and skin folds left over because of weight loss!

Is body contouring safe?

When undergoing any cosmetic procedure, understand that there will always be a chance for side effects, risks and complications. The abdominoplasty and body lift procedures can be potentially more challenging and requires attentive preoperative planning and recovery care.

Updated on: June 12, 2017

Disclaimer: Non Surgical Treatments, Diets, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Results Can Vary Significantly Between Patients.