Introductory Guide to Body Contouring

As we age, grow, and change, the way we see ourselves reflecting back at us in the mirror can sometimes stray from the ideal version of ourselves that we have in our heads. The way you see and think of your body can also have effects on your confidence and self-esteem. 

Understanding everyone’s unique life journey and goals is one of our specialties at the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis. Our team offers a wide range of surgical procedures to contour the body that helps you take steps towards your vision that reflects how you feel on the inside. Body contouring can help boost confidence and improve your self-esteem when complimented with healthy lifestyle choices. Keep reading to check out our introductory guide to body contouring and find out which procedures are right for you.

A Personalized Procedure

Body contouring is not a one-size-fits-all approach. PSG offers a suite of aesthetic procedures to sculpt different parts of the body, and our most popular treatments include: 


This surgical procedure removes excess fat deposits in specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, and neck, to sculpt an improved body contour and proportion. It is particularly effective in areas that have not responded to diet and exercise, helping to streamline the body and boost self-confidence.

Tummy Tuck

By removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening the abdominal wall muscles, this procedure can significantly reduce the appearance of a protruding stomach, resulting in a smoother, firmer, and more aesthetically pleasing profile.

Breast Augmentation

This procedure uses implants to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. It can provide a fuller profile, improve the balance of breast and hip contours, and enhance self-image and self-confidence.

Breast Lift

A breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. This procedure can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more youthful, uplifted, and firm.

Brazilian Butt Lift

Also known as a BBL, this type of buttock augmentation procedure uses a person’s own fat to naturally augment and shape the buttocks. This procedure can enhance the size and shape of your buttocks, creating a more balanced body profile and a more youthful and perky contour.

Each of these procedures plays a unique role in the body contouring process, and they can all be adapted to meet your specific needs and goals.

We know that the way you see and think of your body can affect your confidence, so we're sharing our introductory guide to body contouring.

Your Consultation

Your Plastic Surgery Group consultation allows you to discuss your aesthetic goals, ask questions, and understand what body contouring can do for you. Here’s what you can expect at your first visit:

You’ll get a comprehensive physical assessment 

Your doctor will conduct a physical examination to assess your body’s current state. This helps them understand your unique anatomy and determine the most effective approach to achieve your desired results.

You’ll get a better understanding of your options

When you visit our office, we’ll explain the body contouring procedures that are most suitable for you. Your doctor will discuss what happens during the surgery, our techniques, and the results you can expect from treatment.

We’ll develop a personalized care plan 

Your doctor will develop a personalized body contouring plan based on your goals and physical assessment. This plan will outline the recommended procedures, outcomes, and recovery process you can expect before moving forward. 

You’ll get the opportunity to communicate your goals openly

Our team believes in the power of communication. We’ll listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide honest feedback about your aesthetic goals. This is your time to express what you hope to achieve with body contouring so that you can find the success you’re looking for. 

Your Recovery

The recovery process is an essential part of your body contouring journey. Understanding what lies ahead will help you make the most informed decision possible regarding your treatment journey. Your recovery process includes the following: 

Post-Operative Care

You’ll get detailed instructions for your post-operative care after the procedure. This may include how to manage discomfort, care for the surgical site, and signs of complications to watch for, so following these instructions is crucial for optimal healing and results.


The downtime varies depending on the specific procedures performed, but you should generally expect to take some time off work and daily activities to rest and recover.

Follow-Up Appointments

Regular follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon are important to monitor your healing progress. These visits allow our team to ensure everything is healing as expected and address any concerns you may have.

Long-Term Results

Remember, the results of body contouring are not immediate. As your body heals and the swelling subsides, the full effects of your procedure will gradually become apparent, so patience is key during this time.

Recovery is a journey, not a destination. It’s important to give your body the time it needs to heal and reveal the beautiful results of your body contouring procedure.

We know that the way you see and think of your body can affect your confidence, so we're sharing our introductory guide to body contouring.

Good Candidates

During your consultation with your Plastic Surgery Group doctor, you’ll discuss your health history, goals, and expectations to discover if you’re a good candidate for any of our body contouring treatments. Here are a few things to ask yourself before your consultation: 

Do I have realistic expectations?

Understanding what body contouring can and cannot achieve is important. While it can significantly enhance your appearance, having a realistic outlook will lead to greater satisfaction with your results.

Am I currently at a stable goal weight? 

Although body contouring is popular after significant weight loss, it is not a weight-loss solution in and of itself. Ideal candidates should already be at or near their target weight, which has been stable for some time.

Am I in good overall health?

Body contouring is a surgical procedure, so you need to be healthy enough to undergo an operation. Any significant medical conditions should be well-managed and disclosed to your medical team at your consultation. 

I’m a smoker. Am I willing to quit? 

Smoking can complicate your procedure and recovery. If you’re a smoker, you must quit weeks before your surgery to ensure optimal healing and results.

Remember, these are general guidelines. A personal consultation with one of our PSG experts is the best way to determine whether you’re a good fit for treatment. 

We know that the way you see and think of your body can affect your confidence, so we're sharing our introductory guide to body contouring.

Schedule Your Body Contouring Consultation with PSG

Choosing to give yourself the gift of body confidence is the first step; the second step is choosing the right provider. At the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, we believe in open, transparent communication every step of the way so you can get the results you’ve always dreamed of. 

If you’re ready to start your body transformation, contact our office to schedule your consultation today.