J. Michael Self, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon

Serving Salt Lake City & surrounding areas


Body Contouring

Body Contouring

Body contouring encompasses a vast array of procedures that are used to improve the contours of many areas of the body, including the arms, chest, abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs and legs. No area of the body is immune to the aging process and long term effects of gravity. Skin elasticity decreases with time. Likewise fatty tissue will slowly deposit over time in the flanks, abdomen, thighs and upper arms. All of these factors contribute to the less than favorable changes that are associated with advancing age.

These same changes are also seen, to a much greater degree, in patients (both young and old) who have experienced significant weight loss through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery. Body contouring procedures focus on reversing the effects of the aging process and/or extreme weight loss with respect to all areas of the body. Body contouring frequently incorporates liposuction as an adjunctive procedure.

Other body lifting procedures, such as the thigh lift and buttock lift, may also be employed to improve body lines and overall general appearance. These procedures are generally performed for our older patients with inelastic skin or the extreme weight loss population who would not respond well to liposuction techniques alone. Significant redundant skin can collect in the thigh and buttock regions, and our technique greatly improves the shape, contour and integrity of those regions. At times, we employ traditional or ultrasonic liposuction techniques in conjunction with these procedures to obtain a more natural looking result. In each of these procedures the length and texture of the scarring is significant and must be fully understood by the patient.

Dr. Self spends a great deal of time counseling and educating prospective patients with regard to all aspects of the postoperative result. Most patients understand this trade off, but are greatly pleased to shed the excess skin and improve the contour of their body.