Body Contouring in Sydney

Body Sculpting With Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy

The evolution of plastic and cosmetic surgery has been dramatic. The entire human body can be transformed by state-of-the-art procedures that were only dreamt about in previous decades, while new techniques and technologies continue to astound the medical profession. As a medical subspecialty, body contouring has become increasingly important, particularly for helping people who have already achieved dramatic weight loss goals.

Body contouring marks the transition from obese to absolutely fabulous – a very real possibility in the hands of an expert surgeon. Although weight loss alone is rewarding and provides renewed energy and vitality, skin that has previously ballooned will sag, creating layers of unsightly excess flesh. Surgical removal of unwanted skin, along with reshaping of healthy underlying tissue, results in a contoured and balanced physique, with scarring cleverly concealed wherever possible.

To schedule a consultation with Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy, please contact us. Dr Choy and his team are committed to providing you with the education and empowerment you need to decide if body contouring surgery is right for you.


Body contouring, or body sculpting, refers to surgical procedures that reshape areas of the body. These procedures achieve the following goals:

  • Eliminate excess skin
  • Smooth and tighten remaining skin
  • Remove excess fat
  • Reshape or contour the area
  • Improve overall body proportions

People choose to have body contouring surgery to attain a certain shape, to celebrate the end of a weight loss journey, or to look and feel fitter, healthier and younger. It is often used to target areas of the body where diet and exercise are not making a difference.

Surgical body contouring after major weight loss removes stretched and excess tissue while improving the shape of the underlying support tissue. The result is a more proportionate appearance with smoother contours.


Body contouring surgeries can sculpt almost any area of the body. Usually, a body contouring procedure is a combination of existing surgical procedures such as a ‘lower body lift’ that includes the tummy, midsection and outer thighs. An ‘upper body lift’, on the other hand, reshapes the breasts, back, arms, neck and face.

Common areas of treatment include:

  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Neck and chin
  • Face
  • Breasts
  • Upper back / bra band area
  • Lower back / love handles
  • Sides / flanks
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Inner and outer thighs

One or a combination of these procedures may be appropriate for your body and aesthetic goals. Together, you and Dr Choy will determine what approach is right for your body and the optimal timing for your surgery.


  • Tummy tuck: removes excess, sagging skin around the stomach area
  • Breast lift: improves volume, shape and symmetry of breasts
  • Facelift: removes sagging skin, restoring facial features for a younger appearance
  • Lower body lift: removes unsightly skin from the buttocks, thighs and abdomen
  • Arm lift: removes sagging skin from the upper arms
  • Medial thigh lift: removes excess skin to enhance firm, shapely and strong legs


Body contouring is not to be confused with weight-loss surgery. Weight-loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is designed to help patients lose weight and manage medical conditions related to obesity.

Body contouring, on the other hand, targets excess skin and fat left behind after weight loss. These unwanted side effects of weight loss leave many feeling embarrassed and unable to show off their new figure, despite their weight loss success. Excess skin is also prone to rashes and infections where folds of skin overlap.

Surgical body contouring is often described as a “finishing touch” that concludes a weight loss journey. It helps people make the most of the results they’ve achieved with lifestyle changes or bariatric surgery.


The ideal candidate for surgical body contouring is already at or very close to his or her goal weight. This maximises the safety of the surgery and ensures the best results. If you are still in the process of reaching your weight loss goals, ask Dr Choy what you can do now to improve your body contouring results down the road.

Like any surgery, body contouring requires patients to be in good physical health without medical conditions that could impair healing. It’s also important to have reasonable expectations, be prepared to follow all post-operative instructions and be committed to a healthy lifestyle.


Optimum body contouring results are reliant upon pre-operative steps. Prior to the operation, patients are expected to achieve and maintain weight loss goals. Adequate recovery is impaired by smoking, so quitting, at least for a time, is highly recommended.

Plan to take time off work and away from other responsibilities. We recommend establishing a reliable support network of family and friends ahead of time who will help you during recovery.

Make sure you understand all aspects of your body contouring surgery. It’s natural to feel both excitement and anxiety as you anticipate your new look; don’t be shy about discussing your questions, feelings and concerns with Dr Choy.

It’s also important to have realistic expectations and determination to follow through with recovery and post-operative instructions. Ultimately, body contouring provides incredible results for individuals who are ready, able and determined to return to a healthy, active and fulfilling life.


Desirable surgical outcomes are only attained by specialist plastic surgeons. Dr Ellis Choy and his team showcase the finest plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures at their purpose-designed facility in Northbridge, close to the Sydney CBD. Dr Choy is among the most talented and highly-qualified surgeons in his field, providing life-changing solutions beyond the reach of less experienced surgeons.

From the outset, a consultation with Dr Choy is confidential and caring. Everyone is different, with hopes and expectations to match, and Dr Choy can provide a realistic and encouraging plan that is personalised for great body contouring results. A consultation can include:

  • Health evaluation including pre-existing conditions and risk factors
  • Detailed physical measurements to facilitate proportionate body contouring
  • Treatment options and recommendations
  • Discussion regarding expected outcomes
  • Discussion of alternative treatment options
  • Information regarding the operation, recovery and return to regular activities
  • Any costs associated with plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures


As body contouring involves several procedures, an appropriate surgical plan is essential from the outset. Surgical goals must be thoroughly and thoughtfully defined, including adequate time allotted for post-operative recovery. Surgery can commence once this plan is outlined. The operation can last several hours, and general anaesthesia is used for invasive operations.

Body contouring incisions can be extensive. Incision length and pattern are determined based on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed. Every effort is made to position the incisions in discreet and easily hidden locations. Using advanced techniques, Dr Choy is usually able to make incisions that are concealed by regular clothing, and looking great in swimwear or intimate attire is absolutely possible.

Body contouring is often performed in stages, with different procedures taking place at different times. Staging is important because smaller, shorter operations have lower risks and complications than longer ones.


Body contouring procedures provide dramatic and immediate improvement. As follow-up procedures are highly likely, a long-term approach to recovery is required.

Immediately after the procedure, you will feel a certain amount of discomfort. The incision areas may be sore, swollen and bruised. You will have various options to help alleviate pain and should prioritise rest during the initial healing process.

Body contouring recovery will involve caring for your incisions and, in many cases, surgical drains. Dr Choy and his team will provide detailed instructions for post-operative care. They may also prescribe specific sleep positions, bathing procedures and exercises.

Compression garments are a critical part of recovery after body contouring. These medical garments help reduce swelling, support the healing tissues and encourage your body to conform to its new shape. Patients typically wear their compression garments for four to six weeks following larger body contouring operations.

Expect activity restrictions after body contouring. Gentle movement should be started early to prevent blood clots, but vigorous exercise should be delayed for at least two weeks. Activities should gradually increase in intensity until full activity release is granted.


Although the initial results of the operation are fast and dramatic, ongoing improvements take place over time. The full benefit of weight loss and excess skin removal becomes increasingly noticeable as natural bodily mechanisms restore and rebuild, with further natural contouring entirely possible by introducing healthy exercise and lifestyle habits.

Scarring is an inevitable part of this extensive surgery. Scars will become less visible over time, but they will never disappear entirely. This is something you must accept to achieve a body contour that matches your new weight and proportion. Fortunately, most body contouring patients feel the scars are a very worthwhile tradeoff for the new look and confidence they gain.

The results of your body contouring surgery should be long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight. Be sure to lead a healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and regular exercise, and take care of your skin with daily sun protection. Although your body will naturally lose some firmness as it ages, taking good care of yourself will help much of your initial improvement to remain.


If you’ve worked hard to improve your health and were able to achieve significant weight loss, you have a lot to be proud of! But if the side effects of weight loss still have you covering up, body contouring surgery can help you live with the confidence you deserve.

At Dr Ellis Choy’s Sydney plastic surgery clinic, body contouring after weight loss helps women and men put the finishing touches on their transformation and feel comfortable in their skin. Dr Choy has extensive experience in lifting, tightening and contouring procedures for all parts of the face and body. This allows him to tailor your surgical plan to your precise needs and gives you the most natural and balanced result.

To meet with Dr Choy, please call (02) 8962 9388 or enquire here.