What Are My Options for Body Contouring?


Are you frustrated with stubborn fat deposits that just won’t go away, no matter how healthy your lifestyle? Are you bothered by loose skin left behind after pregnancy or weight loss? You are not alone. Many people find that despite their commitment to diet and fitness, they are unable to achieve and maintain their body shape.

Body contouring offers a wide range of procedures to address these concerns. If you are interested in this type of surgery, the overview below outlines the options available through Dr Ellis Choy. The next step is a consultation with Dr Choy to receive a personalised surgical plan.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is designed to deliver a firmer, smoother and more contoured abdomen. During the procedure, Dr Choy trims away excess skin and excises localised deposits of fat to enhance the appearance of the midsection. Abdominoplasty can also involve muscle repair to correct diastasis recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles that may occur during pregnancy. Restoring the core muscles can address both cosmetic and functional concerns, such as a lower belly “pooch”, lower back pain and pelvic floor issues.

A tummy tuck could be right for you if:

  • You have loose or crepey skin
  • You have abdominal fat that does not respond to exercise and diet
  • You have separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
  • You have stretch marks located on your lower abdomen
  • You have been pregnant or lost a significant amount of weight
  • You are not seeking weight loss


Ageing, pregnancy, genetic predispositions and other factors can make it challenging to achieve and maintain a streamlined figure. While diet and exercise can help you lose weight, some fat deposits may seem immune to your best efforts. Liposuction is a targeted option for addressing these localised pockets of stubborn fat. During the procedure, Dr Choy uses a thin, tube-shaped cannula to dislodge and remove unwanted fat cells. Treatment areas include, but are not limited to, the abdomen, love handles, upper arms, hips, buttocks, chin and thighs.

Liposuction could be right for you if:

  • You are seeking spot reduction of fat and contouring
  • You are at or near your ideal body weight
  • You are not seeking weight-loss surgery
  • You have good muscle tone and skin elasticity
  • You are committed to maintaining a stable weight post-procedure

Arm Lift

An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is designed to improve the contour of your upper arms by reducing excess skin and fat and tightening underlying tissues. The incision is typically made on the underside or backside of the arm. Through this incision, Dr Choy tightens and reshapes the underlying tissues, removes excess skin and smoothes the remaining skin over the arm’s new contour. Liposuction techniques can be incorporated to remove excess fat bulges.

An arm lift could be right for you if:

  • Your upper arms have loose, hanging skin 
  • You are seeing no further improvements with diet and exercise
  • You have maintained a stable weight for some time
  • You are committed to a healthy lifestyle post-surgery

Thigh Lift

If fitness and weight control efforts fall short of your goals for firmer, smoother and more proportionate legs, a surgical lift may be the solution. A thigh lift aims to improve the overall balance of the lower body by removing excess skin and fat from the upper legs. This can also relieve pain and irritation caused by the thighs continuously rubbing against each other. Different types of thigh lifts are available to suit various needs, ranging from inner thigh lifts to more comprehensive bilateral lifts. 

A thigh lift could be right for you if:

  • You have stubborn fat and loose skin on your thighs
  • These concerns do not go away even with consistent exercise
  • You have achieved or are close to achieving your weight loss goals 
  • You have maintained a stable weight for some time

Body Lift

Losing significant amounts of weight is an accomplishment to be celebrated, but it often leaves behind loose skin and irregular body contours. Dr Choy addresses these concerns through body lift surgery, a comprehensive procedure aimed at sculpting and tightening regions from the midsection to the upper thighs. Specifically tailored to each patient, this surgery generally yields long-lasting results that not only improve appearance but also reduce strain on ligaments and joints, aiding in a renewed fitness program.

A body lift could be right for you if:

  • You have a substantial amount of loose skin
  • Overhanging skin is restricting your mobility 
  • Excess skin makes wearing certain types of clothing uncomfortable
  • Accumulated skin folds cause issues like chafing or skin infections
  • Your weight is in a safe range and stable for at least six months
  • You are comfortable with scarring

Post-Pregnancy Body Contouring

Pregnancy and childbirth are momentous experiences that change your body. While diet and exercise are crucial in getting back to health post-pregnancy, they don’t necessarily address issues like loose skin, stretch marks or separated abdominal muscles. Post-pregnancy body contouring is a personalised combination of procedures designed to tackle multiple concerns simultaneously, enabling mothers to focus on particular areas where they wish to see changes.

Post-pregnancy body contouring could be right for you if:

  • Your breasts sit lower or appear “deflated”
  • Your breasts have lost volume and shape
  • You have stretched nipples or enlarged areolas
  • You have excess skin and/or accumulated fat in your abdomen
  • Your abdominal muscles have separated
  • You have finished breastfeeding and having children
  • You have stretch marks below your navel
  • You desire a flatter abdomen and a slimmer waistline

Body Fat Grafting

Body fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, removes excess fat from one area of the body and injects it into another area that requires volume or contouring. The procedure involves no foreign objects or materials. Only the patient’s own fat is used, ensuring biocompatibility and reducing the risks associated with synthetic implants. The finished result looks and feels natural and soft.

Body fat grafting could be right for you if:

  • You have noticed volume loss in areas such as your face, breasts or buttocks
  • You have gained unwanted fat volume in other areas
  • You desire a more natural alternative to synthetic implants
  • You have enough fat in donor areas for harvesting

Discuss Your Custom Body Contouring Surgery With Dr Ellis Choy

If you are ready to explore your options in depth, request a consultation with Sydney specialist plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy. Dr Choy is highly experienced in a range of body contouring surgeries and committed to providing all the information you need to make the choices that are best for you. You may call his offices on (02) 8962 9388 or enquire here to get started.