Body contouring

Duke plastic surgeons improve the shape and contour of all areas of your body by removing excess skin, tissue, cellulite and fat, improving skin tone and tightening weak muscles. Sagging skin, especially following significant weight loss, can be unsightly and cause medical conditions such as skin and back problems. We offer a variety of options to improve your appearance as well as your health, and work with you to determine which procedure, or combination of procedures, is right for you.

Body contouring helped Christina Benson shed excess skin after weight loss surgery.

Trained in the full range of body contouring options

Body contouring procedures can help you look and feel better. Our plastic surgeons undergo advanced training, and have years of experience performing a wide range of techniques, which can improve how your arms, stomach, legs and buttocks appear. Our nationally renowned plastic surgeons work closely with you to understand what you hope to achieve through cosmetic procedures, and which approach works best for you.

Body contouring can have a significant impact if you are unhappy with your appearance following significant weight loss, multiple pregnancies, or due to the effects of aging. Procedures can remove exercise-resistant skin and fat deposits

Body contouring is also very beneficial following weight loss surgery. After the pounds come off, stretched, sagging skin remains. The heavy folds of excess skin around the abdomen, under your arms and on your thighs may prevent you from wearing regular clothing. It can also be unhealthy, causing painful skin rashes and ulcers, and lower back problems. No matter your reason for pursuing body contouring, we ensure you achieve the results that improve your appearance, as well as your self-esteem and self-confidence.

Choose Duke for your body contouring procedure because we offer:

  • Advanced training and expertise. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons undergo advanced training in surgical procedures that involve soft tissue such as skin and muscle, and hard tissue such as bone and cartilage. They have years of experience working on the intricate contours of the body and face, and are trained to perform procedures that improve your cosmetic and functional needs.
  • Respected surgeons. Our plastic surgeons share their experience by teaching advanced cosmetic techniques to doctors across the country and around the world. Our combined skill and leadership means you work with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the U.S.
  • Experts in body contouring after weight loss surgery. Our surgeons are trained to recognize when your body is metabolically sound (typically 12 – 18 months following surgery) and create a treatment plan that suits your specific needs. Body contouring procedures are often staged, taking place over a one- or two-year time period. Our doctors work with you throughout the entire process to closely monitor your health and the results of surgery.
  • Experience in all cosmetic options. Our surgeons are trained in all cosmetic surgeries, including procedures that enhance your breasts and facial features. You may also want to consider varicose vein removal, and other techniques that enhance your skin and features. We work closely with you to create a treatment plan and timeline to achieve optimal results based on what you want to achieve. 
  • Personalized treatment recommendations. After an extensive consultation and careful evaluation, we recommend which type of procedure, or combination of procedures, will give you the results you want.



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