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What is body contouring?

Body contouring is an umbrella term for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the thighs, hips, buttocks, stomach, chest, arms, and back. When patients cannot achieve the streamlined silhouette they desire through conventional avenues, body contouring can bridge the gap by removing excess skin, fat, and tissue. 

Where surgery relies on a scalpel, non-surgical body contouring methods may use laser energy, heat, or cold to sculpt and refine the torso. EmSculpt, for instance, uses electromagnetic therapy to reshape the body. Dr. Shafa may combine surgical and non-surgical options to accomplish the most comprehensive results possible. 

What aesthetic concerns respond best to body contouring?

Dr. Shafa performs body contouring in Santa Monica and can produce dramatic results, combating a wide array of aesthetic concerns, including:

●    Stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to dieting and exercise
●    Excess hanging skin, often after pregnancy, major weight loss, or aging
●    Stretched, separated, or weakened abdominal muscles
●    Bumps and bulges that compromise the figure
●    Depleted, sunken contours
●    Lack of definition
●    Poor-fitting clothing

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What are the key benefits of body contouring?

Body contouring describes procedures that reshape the figure, trim excess fat and skin, and restore overall balance and well-being. When performed by Dr. Shafa in Santa Monica, CA, body contouring may have the following distinct benefits:

  • Enhances stamina and energy
  • Improves self-image and mood
  • This leads to a broader array of clothing choices
  • Creates a more youthful-looking physique
  • Supports healthy changes achieved through an active lifestyle
  • Restores harmony in the body after pregnancy, aging, or significant weight loss

What will the procedure entail?

Dr. Shafa will carefully curate a treatment plan for your body contouring in Santa Monica with an individualized approach focusing on your target areas. He may combine surgery with more minimally invasive body sculpting methods to help you reach your unique goals. Below are among the most common body contouring procedures:

Tummy tuck

Tummy tuck surgery can help flatten and sculpt the midsection by removing excess skin, reducing stubborn fat, and firming weakened or separated abdominal muscles.


A Brazilian Butt Lift accomplishes two cosmetic goals at once by taking fat cells from an area of excess, such as the hips or stomach, and injecting them into the buttocks to create rounder, more feminine contours.

Arm lift

Arm lift surgery can help to eliminate concerns such as “bat wings” by trimming the excess fat and skin that causes irritation and self-consciousness. Patients enjoy a wider range of clothing options and a more positive self-image.

Thigh lift

A thigh lift is an excellent solution for stubborn pockets of fat in the upper legs that do not respond to strict dieting and endless hours at the gym. After a thigh lift, the legs appear more streamlined and proportionate.

Body lift

A body lift often serves as a final treatment after bariatric surgery or massive weight loss, as it can dramatically reduce redundant skin folds and help patients better enjoy the success of their weight loss process. 


Liposuction is a popular body sculpting treatment that can be combined with other procedures to enhance definition. Dr. Shafa uses a small cannula (a slender metal tube) to suction out stubborn fat cells, leaving behind a slimmer, more shapely physique.

Mommy makeover

A mommy makeover helps women reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies and feel more confident in their appearance. This is a combination procedure that may involve breast surgery, liposuction, labiaplasty, abdominoplasty, and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

Body implants

Body implants can improve definition in critical areas of the torso and create more balance in the profile. Implants are made from uniquely formulated biocompatible silicone that provides a natural yet aesthetically pleasing outcome.

What can I expect from my recovery?

Because each body contouring treatment plan is personalized to the individual, recovery times will vary from patient to patient. Most procedures will entail moderate initial swelling, bruising, and tenderness, which can be well-managed by prescription pain medications. You may be asked to wear a compression garment that helps reduce swelling and keep your newly sculpted contours intact. Patients can usually resume work and other normal activities within 2-3 weeks. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting must be postponed for 4-6 weeks. Dr. Shafa will provide a detailed, in-depth aftercare plan and closely monitor your recovery to ensure a seamless healing process.

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Who makes a good candidate for body contouring?

Body contouring is an ideal option for patients who have struggled to achieve their aesthetic goals through conventional means and are ready for more dramatic, pronounced changes. They may be concerned about excess stubborn fat and hanging skin and desire a more streamlined physique and more options when it comes to eveningwear, swimwear, and sleeveless clothing. In general, a good candidate for body contouring meets the following criteria:

●    Is a non-smoker or is willing to quit for several weeks before and after surgery
●    Is mentally and physically healthy
●    Is free from any significant medical issues that might interfere with their procedure
●    Wants to feel better about their appearance for themselves, not to please others
●    Has realistic expectations for their outcome

Why choose Dr. Shafa in Santa Monica?

Dr. Shafa is a skilled, precision-minded plastic surgeon who believes in accentuating each patient’s natural beauty while minimizing their aesthetic concerns. He is a deep and active listener who curates personalized treatment plans with patience and compassion. 

Dr. Shafa completed elite surgical training at among the most prestigious institutions in the nation, including UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, UCLA, Henry Ford Hospital, and the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), allowing him to develop his artistry under the guidance of the industry’s top experts. For his commitment to patient safety and his devotion to service, Dr. Shafa received the renowned Golden Heart Award while he was in medical school. Today, Dr. Shafa continues to stand for excellence as he delivers an outstanding patient experience to those in and beyond Santa Monica, CA.

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