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Body Contouring Surgery: What You Need to Know

Liposuction, tummy tucks and other cosmetic surgery options

If you’re thinking about having surgery to tweak or tighten your tummy, thighs, arms or buttocks, body contouring is an option that can improve your shape.

However, like diet and exercise, it’s a process that takes careful planning and time. And it’s important to have a realistic outlook on what surgery can accomplish.

When is body contouring a good option?

Body-shaping surgeries can remove fat or excess skin, tighten skin and help re-contour the body.

According to plastic surgeon Raymond Isakov, MD, “There are two basic reasons you might consider surgery — after massive weight loss to remove extra skin for symptoms, such as rashes, or to achieve the body shape you want by targeting specific areas.”

In both cases, it may take more than one procedure to achieve the result you’re looking for. And, the procedures are often done in stages.

You may think you need a tummy tuck. But to get the body shape you want, you might need a panniculectomy (skin and tissue removal below the belly button) as well, or liposuction in another area to keep everything in proportion, Dr. Isakov says.

So, considering the different goals you may have for your body, what would you need to get the results you want?

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Stomach or waist

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a more cosmetic operation; it’s ideal to getting the body shape you want. It will remove excess fat and skin from your abdomen. The muscle repositioning also helps some people tighten stretched abdominal muscles.

The surgeon may extend the incision to get rid of excess skin from the back (circumferential abdominoplasty), which is needed more often after massive weight loss.

A panniculectomy (skin and tissue removal of the hanging skin only) is more reconstructive. Liposuction can be used alone or in combination to keep everything in proportion, Dr. Isakov says. It can remove excess fat in the thigh or other areas so stomach contours match the upper and lower body.

Buttocks, hips or thighs

Liposuction is the main procedure you need if you want to remove fat from the buttocks, hips or thighs. However, it doesn’t take care of excess skin in the buttocks or thighs.

A buttock lift will remove both fat and skin, but a thigh lift focuses primarily on tightening the tissue and skin in the outer, inner or front thigh areas. You may need liposuction and a thigh lift if that’s the area you want to address.


An arm lift removes excess skin and reshapes the upper part of the arm. As with the thigh lift, you may need liposuction as well.

Overall body

A body lift can help remove overall excess skin, fat and may improve cellulite — especially after losing more than 100 pounds. This procedure helps reshape the upper or lower body. This often requires several surgeries performed in stages over time.

An upper lift focuses on the breasts, arms and back. A lower body lift treats the stomach, buttocks, hips and thighs. A body lift also can treat your face and chin. It may require liposuction as well.

The best advice? Plan with care

While you’re understandably focused on how you want to look, a cosmetic surgeon can help you understand what it takes to get you there. Your goals, lifestyle and general health all factor in. Not everyone is a good candidate for surgery.

Istavita Clinic recommends working with a surgeon certified by theTurkish Board of Plastic Surgery. You’ll want to know which procedures might help you achieve your body goals, as well as any potential risks, impact on your body and what different options will cost.

With any surgery, there’s always a risk of infection, and every procedure will leave some type of scar. Clothing will hide many scars and some are usually small, but they are visible even after you recover.

Istavita Clinic notes that insurance may cover procedures to remove excess skin after massive weight loss (after bariatric surgery, for example) because there are health issues, such as persistent rashes, associated with excess skin. These operations are not usually for cosmetic goals.

Other cosmetic procedures are likely not covered and will require an out-of-pocket expenditure, he says.

Getting the most complete picture of the risks and benefits can help you and your doctor decide which types of body contouring procedures are best for you.

As Istavita Clinic, our body shaping applications are as follows:

Vazer Liposuction


Brezilian Butt Lift (BBL)

Mommy Makeover

Non Surgeal Aesthetics

Obesity Surgery


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Joe Hilpert


I have had a very good experience with my operation. Despite the very late arrival of my flight they were there to meet me at the airport. The hotel was first class.
All the staff were extremely friendly and explained things to me at every stage. After the initial anaesthetic injections, the whole thing was painless. I am looking forward to seeing my new head of hair!
The price included included everything except the follow up shampoo and vitamins.


Larry Steuber


Most brilliant team that look after you as if you're family. They are incredibly diligent and professional in every manner when it comes to the procedure and information given to you. The facilities are top of the range and you could not ask for a better operation than with iSTAViTA Hair Clinic and his amazing team! Thank You iSTAViTa Hair Clinic...


Ahmad Lejeune


Mon expérience s’est bien passé, l’hôtel est tres bien , l’équipe de la clinique à l’écoute.
Je suis content de mon expérience . J’ai hâte de voir la repousse . Ce qui m’a réconforter c’est qu’ils nous donnent un certificat qui explique que si ça ne va pas au niveau de la repousse Si nous ne somme pas satisfait , ils nous reprennent en charge assez vite .


Danilo Bellini


Very positive experience with Dr.Erhan istavita hair clinic. From pickup at the airport, to shutting me back & forth from the clinic to the hotel along with procedure and after care has overall been a very positive experience and I would recommend this clinic to anyone looking for hair transplant in Turkey.


Jordi Camacho


Mi experiencia con istavita ha sido muy buena, era mi primer contacto para efectuar la operación en Turquía y todas las dudas que me iban surgiendo, Kerem me las iba resolviendo. Todo ha sido tal como el me lo explico. La recogida en el aeropuerto,los traslados,el excelente hotel y lo principal la clínica y todo su equipo. Una experiencia muy buena en un país tan lejano y desconocido.


Mirko Fleischer


Since 3 weeks my procedure and I’m very pleased so far , obviously I will know more in the coming months, but everything is exceeding expectations so far. My experience with istavita Hair Clinic was Five Star from start to finish. The clinic was modern and clean. Everything was very professional, all my questions were answered promptly and with confidence. All the members of staff, the owner and doctor were polite, friendly and showed an excellent level of care. Would highly recommend.


Ross Davis


My totall experience was great with sapphire hair clinic .from the beginning that they pick you up from the airport till they bring you back to the airport was everything perfect organized . You can feel that you are in hand of a very professional team , so I can recommend sapphire hair clinic to everybody who is doubting to do this .
So thanks again to all the team from sapphire hair clinic


Nathan Rossi


istavita Hair Clinic and his staff are far superior than any doctors in the states. The hospital are new, modern and spotlessly clean. From the moment I arrived at the hospital the day of the procedure I had a team of 6 to 8 medical professionals taking care of my every need and making me feel as comfortable as possible at every stage of the process. If you’re planning to have a hair Transplant I can’t recommend kerem highly enough!


Axel Roland


I was so impressed by the professional staff and the clean clinic, It was an amazing painless experience. i had one surgery in the past and i was shocked to find out that the second time, was so painless. The staff are so nice and professionals, responsive and answer every question over call and text. i recommend every person who need this procedure to go to sapphire hair clinic


Gabriel Studer


had a great experience with istavita clinic from start to finish. Understandably with a treatment such as this, I did a lot of research & compared a number of different clinics & physicians. My contact for MedHair was a guy who answered my many questions quickly & with a great deal of patience at different times of the day. He was clear as to what to expect which lived up to what happened.