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Body Contouring in Chicago with Dr. Shifrin

There are a wide variety of reasons why individuals seek cosmetic surgery. When a patient loses significant weight, the resulting drooping skin can be a source of embarrassment and a missed opportunity to improve their appearance. For some, the goal is to have their anatomy reflect their true vision of themselves. Dr. David Shifrin of Shifrin Plastic Surgery in Chicago uses a wide range of surgical techniques to help his Chicago body contouring patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

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What is body contouring?

Your Most Authentic Self

Living in a body that feels foreign can be a challenging situation that leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety. Fortunately, the latest surgical techniques and technology have made gender reassignment more common than before. Common body contouring procedures in transgender patients include liposuction and abdominoplasty. Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures at Shifrin Plastic Surgery. We offer several cutting-edge variations on the liposuction technique, including:

Tumescent Liposuction

With the tumescent technique, saline solution, local anesthesia, and adrenaline are infused into the area being treated. This allows Dr. Shifrin to maneuver a small instrument called a cannula, connected to a vacuum machine, to suction away excess fat and improve body contour.

Power-Assisted Liposuction

Power-assisted liposuction is a new technology where the end of the suction cannula vibrates at a rapid speed. This motion loosens the fat cells so that they may be suctioned away gently with less trauma to the surrounding tissues. Power Assisted Liposuction or PAL is performed in conjunction with the tumescent technique. This maximizes the efficiency of fat removal and patient comfort, and it helps to minimize bruising. Advantages of PAL over older techniques include; shorter procedure, less swelling and bruising, quicker recovery, more precise and even contouring, and improved overall safety.

Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonically-assisted liposuction (UAL) is a compliment to traditional forms of liposuction. Ultrasonic energy is used to break up the stubborn, hard-to-suction fat areas before the traditional liposuction removes the broken-down fat. It is particularly useful in hard-to-treat areas, areas previously treated that have tough scarring, and the fibrous, strong fat pockets present in the chest area of male gynecomastia patients.


Smartlipo™ is an exciting new development in body contouring. It offers fit, active people in Chicago the liposuction treatment they’ve been seeking – one that’s both effective and less invasive. Smartlipo uses a technology called ‘laser lipolysis’ to destroy fat cells. A small surgical wand known as a cannula delivers laser energy to areas of fatty deposits, rupturing and liquefying fat cells. The fat is then suctioned away, resulting in a permanently improved contour. As the laser energy passes from the cannula into the tissues, it seals blood vessels and reduces the bruising and swelling that can accompany traditional liposuction. It also heats the underside of the dermis of our skin, tightening and toning.


Abdominoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgeries for men and women. If you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, additional combination surgeries such as liposuction also may be appropriate. Many Chicago transgender patients have abdominoplasty as part of their transformation, combining Male to Female breast augmentation or Female to Male mastectomy with body contouring to achieve their goals. We each have our own unique profile of age, body type, and tissue consistency. This profile, combined with your desired shape, is what dictates which procedure is right for you. Dr. Shifrin has the knowledge, skill, and experience to provide each patient with an individualized procedure to safely meet their goals. The following is a list of some of the tummy tuck procedures they use to achieve your desired result.

Endoscopic Tummy Tuck

The endoscopic tummy tuck is designed for patients that need muscle tightening but do not require excess skin removal. A small hidden incision is made inside the belly button and in the hair-bearing area of the pubic region. With the use of tiny cameras and special surgical equipment, the muscles are tightened, improving the profile and flattening the stomach. We often perform liposuction together with the endoscopic tummy tuck.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients that have a minimal amount of abdominal skin and soft-tissue excess and/or stretch marks located below the belly button. The mini tummy tuck procedure requires a limited, and therefore the final scar will be shorter than a traditional or full tummy tuck procedure. The belly button is also left intact without any scars present in that area. Muscle tightening and liposuction can still be performed as needed.

Full Tummy Tuck

The most common tummy tuck procedure is a full traditional abdominoplasty. The majority of patients requesting abdominal contouring are best served with a full tummy tuck. The technique removes all of the excess skin and soft tissue laxity, it tightens the abdominal muscles flattening and toning the abdominal wall, changes the belly button from a stretched-out wide appearance to a smaller vertically oriented shape, and improves the entire contour and profile of the abdomen. Liposuction is frequently performed at the same time to improve the contour. Our Chicago patients at Shifrin Plastic Surgery are extremely satisfied with the results they achieve from this procedure, reporting waist size decreases on average of 2 to 4 sizes.

Reverse Tummy Tuck

The reverse tummy tuck is a unique procedure designed to help remove abdominal skin and soft-tissue laxity that is primarily located above the belly button. While the majority of the patients that present for abdominal contouring and tummy tuck have abdominal skin and soft-tissue laxity that is below the belly button, a small number of patients have the opposite. The reverse tummy tuck allows the removal of this excess skin and soft tissue located above the belly button, placing the final scar at the level of the breast fold. Muscle tightening, liposuction, as well as various breast procedures such as breast lift, breast augmentation, and breast reduction can be performed in conjunction with the reverse tummy tuck. The final scar is hidden in the breast fold.

Circumferential Tummy Tuck/Lower Body Lift

Patients who have excess skin and soft-tissue laxity of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks are best served by a body lift or circumferential tummy tuck. This procedure removes excess skin and soft tissue from the abdomen, the hips, the back, and the upper part of the buttocks. Muscle tightening, liposuction, and buttocks rejuvenation are commonly performed at the same time. The end result of this powerful procedure is a slimmer, flatter tummy, smoother hips, and thighs, and lifted and rejuvenated buttocks.

Revision Tummy Tuck

Many patients come to our practice to correct or improve a previously performed tummy tuck or body contouring procedure. Reasons for revision surgery may include unsightly scars, excess fat and residual soft tissue laxity, high pubic hair line, and unsightly belly button shape.

Confidence in Being You

What are the benefits of body contouring?

The human bodies of men and women are built differently. Patients can benefit from body contouring surgery in order to achieve a physique that is consistent with their gender expression.

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Your Body Contouring Procedure

During body contouring Chicago patients will have their procedure individually curated and planned to meet and exceed your aesthetic desires.

Dr. Shifrin will take a personal approach to listening to your goals and consult with you about a plan of action in an honest and informative manner to give you the most realistic expectation.

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Change You Deserve

Am I a good candidate for body contouring?

For both trans men and trans women, body contouring is a great way to achieve better overall proportions. Dr. Shifrin can assist patients to reach their cosmetic objectives by removing stubborn fat and loose skin that have persisted after major weight reduction or prior surgery. Each person has a unique body shape and set of goals, and hence it is important that body contouring be adaptable to those factors. According to the areas they want to enhance, transgender individuals can get optimal outcomes. As part of your consultation with Dr. Shifrin, you may expect a body contouring strategy that is designed just for you.

Invested in You

Body Contouring Recovery and Results

Like your procedure, your recovery and results will depend on the extent and combination of different procedures as you and Dr. Shifrin planned. He will ensure that you have a detailed recovery plan as well and make intermittent follow-up appointments to maintain the best results possible. Dr. Shifrin is invested in your recovery process and your satisfaction.

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Your Partner in Perfection

If you would like to learn more about the body contouring procedure, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Shifrin today. Alternatively, you can call our office at (312) 502-6200 to schedule your appointment.

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Body Contouring
Frequently Asked Questions

It is critical to understand that body contouring surgery is an exchange. Skin must be removed to get the shape you desire, leaving scars. Dr. Shifrin will explain the location of the likely scars before surgery and attempt to make the locations as inconspicuous as possible.

If you gain weight, your fat cells will grow larger. Stabilizing your weight before surgery is an important part of maximizing your results and ensuring they last.

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