Reshape Your Figure Through Body Contouring

Body contouring is a term that refers to series of interrelated plastic surgery procedures that can dramatically improve general body contour. The Hurwitz Center is world renowned for such procedures as upper and lower body lifts, thighplasty, brachioplasty, ultrasonic assisted lipoplasty (UAL) and abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck. 

Body contouring is often used for patients who have successfully lost considerable weight and are left with excess skin. Body contouring is increasingly popular after completing child bearing years as a mommy makeover. For these unhappy mothers, we routinely combine breast augmentation and mastopexy with abdominoplasty and UAL. UAL is complimentary in removing pockets of fat that persist despite weight loss.*

By virtue of the numerous worldwide speaking requests and high frequency is being referenced in peer reviewed publications and book chapters, Dr. Hurwitz is considered by many plastic surgeons to be expert in body contouring. In the lay world, his work has been featured in publications such as People Magazine, and  Pittsburgh Post Gazette and television programs on Discovery Health, ABC Prime Time, The View,  NBC Today show and numerous local and regional News Programs.  Dr. Davila, also a prolific academic in his early practice, focuses on contouring of the central torso and breast. Below you will find the procedures that both Dr. Hurwitz and Dr. Davila employ to help patients achieve beautiful new bodies.*

Body Contouring Procedures:

Body Contouring Surgery

Our plastic surgeons can combine several body contouring surgery procedures according to each patient's unique needs. They create a total body lift for patients who have several areas they would like to address across their bodies. Many patients have aging, wrinkled skin, while others have excess skin after pregnancy or massive weight loss. 

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Total Body Lift

Bariatric surgeons response to obesity is gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Hurwitz's response to the excess skin and flattened body contours after massive weight loss is Total Body Lift (TBL) surgery. Even patients who lose weight through lifestyle changes of dieting and exercise succumb to unacceptable skin laxity. As anecdotally documented in the book Total Body Lift, our patients often not only look much better, they feel better and have more confidence. TBL is an excellent option that can create exciting results. The best candidates need sculpturing in the arms, chest, breasts, back, buttocks, abdomen, and thighs.*

As with all of our surgical procedures, the body lift will be customized to meet individual needs. Decades ago it was introduced that two circumferential horizontal excisions were made. One excision will be made along the waistline and another along the bra line, at which point special skin flaps are lifted and then closed securely. For most patients that has changed with the introduction and development of obliquely oriented J Torsoplasty upper body lift and Oblique Flankplasty lower body lift. The extremities usually need long strips of skin removed along the inner aspect, followed again by a secure closure. Aware of your priorities, our plastic surgeon’s will discuss method options in detail to ensure your needs and risk and scar tolerance are addressed. For your safety and expeditious healing, proper staging is an important consideration for every patient. Fortunately, Dr. Hurwitz and Dr. Davila lead teams of skilled physician assistants and senior residents in Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in the operating room for expeditious and safe surgery. Furthermore, your aftercare at the Hurwitz Center for Rejuvenation is exceptionally good.

For more information about our unique approach, contact our cosmetic surgery practice.


Abdominoplasty is one of the keystone procedure on which everything else is built. Abdominoplasty, also called tummy tuck, is a plastic surgery technique used to target and trim the abdominal area. Abdominoplasty is one of the more popular procedures as results from just this one technique, especially when judiciously combined with ultrasonic-assisted liposuction can be dramatic and life-changing.

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, entails making preliminary liposuction and then incisions along the waistline and groins, removing excess fat and tissue between the incisions, suture tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall, remodeling the umbilicus, and meticulously closing the long wound. Some of the secrets of success include the use of advanced liposuction technology and preservation of perforating skin vasculature. In cases where only the lower abdomen needs to be trimmed, a limited abdominoplasty may be performed. Your plastic will help you determine your goals and decide on the most effective approach for your case.


Our state-of-the-art practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, features both liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction by VASER. Both liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction are extremely effective as single procedures or combined with a more comprehensive body contouring plan. We also has extensive experience with Bipolar radiofrequency Assisted Lipoplasty (similar to Laser Assisted Liposuction) as one of earliest adopter nationwide in 2016 of BodyTite.

Liposuction is used to create a smoother, slimmer appearance in targeted areas such as the abdomen, back, waist, thighs, and upper arms. The liposuction procedure is performed by gently removing fat deposits through a suction tube, called a cannula. Also performed at his Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania clinic, ultrasonic liposuction is carried out much in the same way. The difference, though, is that ultrasonic sound waves are used to loosen the fat deposits for more effective and bloodless removal. Ultrasonic liposuction has gained in popularity recently as advancements in technology have dramatically increased the safety and ease with which it is performed.


Fat deposits in the thigh and lower body area can be particularly resistant to diet and exercise. And even when significant weight loss is achieved, the skin elasticity is poor. Thighplasty with or without a lower body lift, is an extraordinary procedure can lift, tighten, and shape the skin envelope of the thigh area using liposuction and direct removal of excess tissue along the inner aspect.  Thighplasty is a great technique for targeting the thighs. Because there is a high rate of wound healing problems and prolonged swelling, many plastic surgeons do not offer this operation. With good technique and experience Vertical inner thighplasty can be very satisfying.*

Arm Lift

Sagging skin in the upper arms can be problematic after weight loss due to poor skin elasticity. Brachioplasty, also known as an arm lift is a procedure which targets this loose skin in the arms. Arm lifts are known for poor scarring and irregular appearances of the axilla and mid arm. With the development of the unique L-brachioplasty, the Hurwitz Center has set the gold standard for arm lifts, now replicated by plastic surgeons around the world. Our surgeons have first hand experience at this technique, maximizing your results. 

Illustration of arm lift before and after

Body Lift Procedures

Dr. Hurwitz and Dr. Davila perform body lift procedures to lift and tighten sagging skin and underlying musculature in different areas of the body. We can perform upper body lifts, lower body lifts, mid body lifts, and total body lifts, depending on the needs and goals of the patient. They also perform male body lift procedures tailored specifically to clients who want to achieve a fit, masculine aesthetic. The artistic eye and careful attention to detail are very important in creating beautiful, natural-looking results for our patients.*

Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian butt lift can create a lifted, shapely backside with a rounded hip that will make the waist appear smaller. This procedure utilizes liposuction to remove unwanted fat from one area of the body. The tissue is then processed and injected through specialized cannulas to the buttocks to create the desired shape and contour. Patients are generally very happy with the results and the way that their clothes fit their new physique.*


VASERlipo® is an advanced technique to gently remove unwanted fatty deposits from the body. Using ultrasound technology, this minimally invasive procedure breaks apart fat cells so that they can be easily removed through several small incisions. Our plastic surgeons can use the fat removed to add volume to depressed areas or as a natural alternative to breast or butt implants.

Patients often enjoy outstanding results with reduced recovery times and minimal post-operative discomfort. Dr. Hurwitz and Dr. Davila also combine VASERlipo® with other body contouring procedures to produce more comprehensive results.*


BodyTite offers an exciting new alternative to traditional body contouring techniques. During the minimally invasive procedure, a specialized device delivers bipolar radiofrequency energy to the treatment area. The technique can melt unwanted fat, tighten loose skin, and overall, provide improved definition. Compared to other options, BodyTite offers several benefits, including lower cost, minimized risk of complications, and a quicker, more comfortable recovery.*

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Contact our cosmetic surgery practice today, at our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office, to learn more about tummy tuck, liposuction, and our complete range of body contouring procedures!

Also, learn more about breast surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction.

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3109 Forbes Ave
Ste 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Open Today 8:30am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (412) 802-6100