Body Contouring

Weight loss, pregnancy, aging, and genetics can all contribute to problem areas that seem impossible to slim down on your own.

In some cases, Dr. Stephanie Peng might recommend surgical body contouring to provide a lasting solution to excess skin and fat.

Learn why so many patients in Minnetonka, MN, choose body contouring by our board-certified plastic surgeon.

Which Areas Can Body Contouring Refine?

Body contouring is used to improve the natural contours of your skin and underlying tissue. It can remove excess skin and fat from your:

  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Stomach
  • Chin

A Real Patient Before and After Body Contouring

Before body contouring
Before This patient was unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen, hips, and thighs. Dr. Peng determined that an abdominoplasty and liposuction of the waist and outer thighs would help the patient achieve their goals.
After body contouring
After Nine months post-op the patient has a slimmer physique and newfound confidence in their body.

Patients Can Choose From Several Procedures

Body contouring can include a wide variety of procedures, such as breast lifts and liposuction. Dr. Peng can help you build a plan using the procedures that will address your specific aesthetic goals.

Body Contouring Treatments

Your treatment at our Minnetonka plastic surgery office will be fully tailored to meet your unique aesthetic goals. Body contouring may include any number of surgical procedures. 


Liposuction is an effective treatment for targeting stubborn areas of excess fat. During this procedure, Dr. Peng uses a thin cannula to remove fat cells and smooth your contours. Keep in mind that liposuction is not intended as a weight loss procedure, but it can be an efficient way to remove pockets of fat that don't improve with diet changes or exercise.

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Arm Lift

It's common for excess fat and skin to accumulate on the upper arms. A brachioplasty, or arm lift, eliminates excess fat, tightens the skin and underlying muscles, and reduces sagging. Candidates should be at or near their ideal body weight and should not have any medical conditions that impair the body's healing capacity.

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Breast Lift

Over time, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and aging can cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, can raise the breasts, remove excess skin, and restore a firmer, more youthful figure. Some patients even combine a breast lift with breast augmentation, especially if they want to enhance the size of their breasts.

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Thigh Lift

Extra skin around the inner or outer thighs can make you feel uncomfortable in certain types of clothing. A thigh lift at our Minnetonka, MN, practice involves fat removal, excision of excess skin, and repositioning of the underlying tissues and muscles. Finally, the remaining skin is gently tightened and smoothed, revealing a more youthful look.

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Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, helps patients achieve a flatter, more proportionate midsection. During this procedure, Dr. Peng removes excess fat and tissue, then restores and tightens stretched or separated abdominal muscles. Finally, the remaining tissue is smoothed, stretched, and sutured into place. 

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Combining Procedures in a Mommy Makeover Plan

If you have excess skin and fat from pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss, a comprehensive mommy makeover plan can address many of your concerns in one streamlined plan. Mommy makeover procedures target areas of the body that pregnancy typically changes, like the breasts and abdomen. Dr. Peng can combine an abdominoplastybreast lift, and more to achieve the results you want.

Mother lifting up baby

Ready for a Slimmer Figure? Reach Out to Our Team Today

If age, pregnancy, or weight loss has resulted in sagging skin or stubborn fat deposits, consider what body contouring procedures can do for you. Our plastic surgery team can design a fully customized treatment plan to meet your needs.

Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is dedicated to restoring form, function, and beauty so our patients can live confident, fulfilling lives. Request a consultation at our Minnetonka, MN, office today.

(763) 999-4170

Dr. Stephanie Peng and staff

Our Team Puts Patients at Ease

"The ladies there are always a pleasure and very friendly and Dr.Peng is Amazing and the work is Great!" Audrey C.

Paying for Treatment

Cosmetic Treatment and Insurance

Many patients at our Minneapolis practice want to know if plastic surgery is covered under insurance. In some cases, the answer is yes. Whether or not your particular case is eligible for full or partial coverage boils down to if it is considered medically necessary. Let's consider two scenarios. In the first, a large amount of excess tissue on a patient's abdomen results in chronic skin infections. Since surgery can alleviate this health concern, they might be eligible for insurance coverage. In another, the patient is unhappy with pockets of stubborn fat on the outside of her hips but the concern is largely cosmetic, so her treatment would be considered elective. 

Flexible Financing Options

To receive an estimate and learn whether insurance could apply to your case, you will need to meet with Dr. Peng. She always strives to provide patients with the best value without compromising the quality of their results or their safety. If insurance doesn't cover your cosmetic surgery, rest assured we can help you afford the treatment you deserve with flexible financing solutions. We are proud to accept CareCredit® to cover out-of-pocket costs. This option allows you to pay off treatment in low monthly installments. Ask our financial experts if CareCredit is right for you.

Do I Qualify for Treatment?

To be considered a candidate for surgical body contouring procedures, you must meet a few criteria. For example, patients should:

Be in Good Overall Health

Body contouring procedures are not designed to promote weight loss so you should be in good health and near your goal weight. Additionally, patients should stop using tobacco products long before their procedure, as these products can hinder the healing process.

Have Realistic Expectations

It's important to understand what body contouring procedures can achieve for your unique body type. Dr. Peng can go over your options in detail.

Be Committed to Maintenance

Even after body contouring, you can expect the natural aging process and weight gain to change your body over time. If you choose to undergo body contouring treatment, it's important to adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle so that you can maintain your results.

What Happens If I'm Not a Candidate?

torso and upper legs of fit woman wearing bra and underwear

Our board-certified plastic surgeon will make sure that you're eligible for treatment during a consultation. If it is not safe for you to move forward with your chosen procedure or if you are not ready for body contouring yet, she will explain why.

You may still be able to revisit the idea of body contouring after you have reached certain candidacy requirements, such as:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Losing weight
  • Finishing having children

Dr. Peng may be able to suggest alternatives or the next steps you need to take to improve your candidacy so that you can return to her welcoming Minnetonka office for treatment.

A Trusted Minnetonka, MN, Plastic Surgeon Who Cares For Her Patients

"Dr. Peng and her staff are kind & caring. They take their time with you and explain things thoroughly. Dr. Peng has made me feel very comfortable with my treatment & I am very happy I choose her to be my Doctor." Dana

Seeking Refinement After Weight Loss? You're Not Alone

In 2022, more than 600,000 American Patients decided to smooth their figure with at least one type of body contouring procedure, such as an upper arm lift or thigh lift.
Body contouring is a popular treatment for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. In 2022, 684,116 American patients decided to refine their figure with a breast lift, abdominoplasty, liposuction, upper arm lift, or thigh lift procedure.* If you want to put the finishing touches on your new figure, Dr. Peng can explain your candidacy and options during a consultation.
*According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Take the Next Step Toward Finalizing Your Figure After Weight Loss

If you've done the hard work of losing weight but now have extra skin, you can still have a smooth figure. Dr. Peng uses body contouring to enhance areas like the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen in patients who have lost weight, but still struggle with excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat. She can safely remove your excess skin and fat, creating a smoother figure and improving the fit of your clothes. That way, you can truly enjoy the results of your weight loss journey.

If you're ready to see what's possible, contact our friendly Minnetonka, MN, team or call us at:

(763) 999-4170

Woman's toned midsection
Thinking about refining your stomach or buttocks? Our board-certified plastic surgeon in Minnetonka stays up to date on the latest techniques, giving you beautiful results.

When you feel your best, it shows. 

If you've been unhappy with certain areas of your body, you owe it to yourself to explore your treatment options.

Recovery After Body Contouring

During a consultation at our Minnetonka office, Dr. Peng will take all the time necessary to learn about your concerns, goals, and lifestyle. Once you decide which procedures are right for you, she will also let you know approximately how long your recovery should take.

We have found that in order to ensure the best results, patients need to spend adequate time preparing for their recovery from the start. A less invasive procedure like liposuction will allow you to return to work and other obligations more quickly. Abdominoplasty or a butt lift, however, requires substantial care and downtime. This is especially the case for a more comprehensive treatment plan like a mommy makeover.

Dr. Peng will make sure you have everything you need to recover from your surgery, providing you with aftercare instructions to minimize pain, swelling, and the appearance of scars.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring

If you're not currently a candidate for surgical procedures, you don't want to undergo surgery, or you only have small amounts of fat you wish to address, Dr. Peng offers nonsurgical body contouring with CoolSculpting®.

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that freezes fat using cryolipolysis.

CoolSculpting can help reduce fat on areas of the body such as the:

  • Jawline
  • Upper Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Back
  • Thighs
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SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

SP Plastic Surgery, LLC

Dr. Stephanie Peng is a board-certified plastic surgeon who closely partners with every patient to achieve their aesthetic goals. She is affiliated with various national organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Peng provides patients with life-changing surgical care and transformative results. To request a consultation with our doctors, contact our Minnetonka office online or call us at (763) 999-4170.

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