Body Contouring Specialist

Prime Plastic Surgery -  - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Prime Plastic Surgery

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon located in San Diego, CA & La Jolla, CA

Whether life changes have left their mark, or you’d like to make a few adjustments to what Mother Nature gave you, the odds are that Prime Plastic Surgery can help. Led by board-certified surgeon James Chao, MD, FACS, the experienced plastic surgery team offers a number of body contouring procedures to get you to your ideal body shape. If you’re in the San Diego area, and you’d like to learn more about body contouring services, call the office or use the online booking tool. Please visit our photo gallery to see thousands of patient before and after images.

Body Contouring Q & A

What body contouring procedures can improve my abdomen?

There are many ways that you can get a flatter, more toned abdomen, giving you that extra boost of confidence. Whether you’ve journeyed through multiple pregnancies or you need to lose fat and put the finishing touches on your belly, Dr. Chao and his team offer:

Tummy tuck

If you find yourself with loose skin around your abdomen after giving birth or after significant weight loss, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is the best way to reshape your midsection for a full body lift. During this procedure, Dr. Chao makes an incision along your lower abdomen and repairs the muscles in your abdomen. When he’s finished, he pulls your skin taut, removes the excess tissue, and sutures the two ends together. If needed, Dr. Chao makes a new hole for your belly button for a completely natural look.

Tummy tuck revisions

If you’ve already had a tummy tuck procedure, but the results are less than satisfactory, Dr. Chao can address:

  • Hypertrophic/keloid scars (excessive scarring)
  • Scars that are too high
  • Irregular or uneven scars
  • Dog ears (bumps that form on the ends of the scar)
  • Unsatisfactory belly button appearance or location
  • Abdominal wall asymmetry


Whether as a standalone procedure or as part of a tummy tuck, Dr. Chao can tackle stubborn pockets of fat through liposuction.


If you’d like to reduce stubborn deposits of fat, but you’re not keen on the idea of surgery,Prime Plastic Surgery offers the CoolSculpting fat reduction system, which relies on cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells.

What other contouring services are available?

The team at Prime Plastic Surgery offers several different body contouring procedures that address areas outside of your abdomen, including:

Arm lift

If your upper arms have skin that hangs down because of weight loss or age, Dr. Chao can perform an arm lift to remove the extra tissue and tighten your upper arms.

Thigh lift

If you’ve recently lost weight and you have loose skin on your inner or outer thighs, Dr. Chao can put the finishing touches on your efforts by removing the excess skin.

Dr. Chao also treats gynecomastia, which is enlarged breast tissue in men, by performing his male breast reduction procedure.

Are transgender body contouring services available?

Yes. If you want your outsides to be more in line with how you feel on the inside, Prime Plastic Surgery offers transgender body contouring services, such as:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Tummy Tuck Surgery
  • Liposuction
  • And More

These procedures don’t require psychological evaluations, and Dr. Chao and his team offer compassionate and sensitive care to anyone in the transgender community wishing to make a physical change.

To learn more about the body contouring services at Prime Plastic Surgery, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.

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