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Body Contouring Procedures in Birmingham AL

Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Brazilian Butt Lift and more

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Many men and women each year choose body contouring surgery to enhance their feminine curves, achieve a more masculine physique or put the finishing touches on their bariatric weight loss procedure. With the latest advancements in aesthetic surgery, body contouring can be used to address virtually any part of the body.

Body Contouring Procedures at our Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgery practice include liposuction and abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck. Each of these cosmetic surgery procedures is designed to enhance and sculpt a different portion of the body by removing areas of excess fat and skin that lack their former tone and elasticity.

Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn, Dr. Joshua Halka and the staff of medical professionals at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery are highly experienced in providing complete care for body contouring procedures and helping you decide what is right for you and your cosmetic surgery goals.


Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures at our Alabama practice because of its dramatic results. Many patients find that while healthy eating and regular exercise can help maintain their weight, they can't always get rid of stubborn pockets of fat on the thighs, hips, chin, arms, abdomen, back and other areas. Liposuction is a great way to eliminate problem areas and obtain the toned physique that sit-ups and running can't always give you.

Liposuction can be used in several ways and on many different areas of the body to achieve the desired results. During the procedure, a hollow tube is inserted into the area to be treated and excess fat is suctioned out. Side effects of liposuction typically include general discomfort, swelling, bruising and burning sensations. These symptoms should subside within a few weeks.

Liposuction Cost: $3,800 for the first area and $1,200 for each additional area.

SmartLipo Laser Liposuction

Despite strict dieting and a committment to regular exercise, many people just can't take off localized areas of fat in areas such as around the abdomen or on the upper arms, neck or jawline. With SmartLipo Laser Body Sculpting, patients are now able to achieve results that they never thought possible.

SmartLipo® is a minimally-invasive liposuction procedure that melts the fat with laser energy and tightens the skin by inducing collagen production. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities, such as work, in virtually no time.

SmartLipo Cost: $5,800 for the first area and $1,200 for each additional area.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Another popular cosmetic surgery procedure known as a Tummy Tuck, or abdominoplasty, is offered at our Alabama practice. Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the midriff and tightens the abdominal muscles. Depending on the patient's needs, a full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck or endoscopic tummy tuck may be used to achieve the aesthetic benefits of a flatter stomach and a narrower waistline.

If you have a protruding pouch on your lower abdomen that just won't go away, a mini tummy tuck may do the trick. A full tummy tuck is a better option for those in need of a more extensive procedure to get the results they desire. Yet another abdominoplasty technique is the endoscopic tummy tuck, a minimally-invasive procedure that works best for patients with a protruding abdomen but little extra skin.

Tummy Tuck Cost: starting at $6,200 including nominal facility fee.

Arm Lift

Flabby upper arms are a common complaint for many men and women after significant weight loss or just from the effects of aging. An Arm Lift, or brachioplasty, at our Birmingham, Alabama practice can dramatically lift and reshape the upper arm to provide an improved contour and a more youthful appearance. During an arm lift, sagging skin and excess fat are removed and the remaining skin is tightened and stitched into place. Any excess deposits of fat that are present are usually removed with liposuction.

Thigh Lift

Heavy or flabby thighs are a problem for many women and squats, exercise and dieting can't always get rid of them. However, Thigh Lift has proven to be very effective in helping patients obtain thinner, more toned upper legs. Through a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures including liposuction and the surgical removal of fat and unnecessary tissue, Dr. Hedden, Dr. Gunn or Dr. Halka can sculpt for you beautiful, shapely thighs. You will see an immediate difference in the contour of the thighs and will probably be more comfortable wearing shorts, swimwear and other items of clothing that expose the legs.

Lower Body Lift

People who have lost a significant amount of weight, such as bariatric surgery patients, are often left with excessive amounts of loose, sagging skin that doesn't tighten on its own. Such skin can detract from the aesthetic appearance of weight loss. A Lower Body Lift at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery is a cosmetic surgery procedure that allows for the removal of this skin. The skin is trimmed away and the remaining tissue is stretched neatly over underlying tissue and muscles. Results can be life-changing!

Buttock Lift

Weight gain or loss, gravity and especially aging can cause the buttocks to droop, losing their shape and aesthetic appeal. A Buttock Lift is be used to restore your rear end's youthful shape, giving you a taut, toned rear view and a more streamlined figure. This buttocks enhancement procedure is performed using a combination of liposuction and surgical removal of excess skin and tissue. Removing sagging skin and excess fat from the buttocks and outer thighs can dramatically improve the shape of your body and provide a boost to your self-esteem.

Brazilian Butt Lift

A popular buttocks augmentation procedure that uses purified fat is known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. Essentially two procedures in one, fat removed by liposuction is injected at varying depths into the buttocks to form attractive new curves. The Brazilian butt lift in Birmingham, Alabama is a safe and effective way to give you a perkier rear and a more rounded body profile with long-lasting results. For men and women who would like a more defined profile, the Brazilian butt lift has proven to be an effective means for lifting and adding volume to the buttocks.

Body Implants

Buttock Implants

A shapely rear end is important to having a pleasing figure, but is usually resistant to sculpting solely with exercise. Buttock Implants provide an immediate increase in volume and a fuller backside appearance for patients who have lost volume in the buttocks. Solid silicone implants are used by Dr. Hedden, Dr. Gunn and Dr. Halka to give your rear end a natural look and feel. Increasing the fullness, roundness and projection of your buttocks can give your backside a more youthful shape and your entire figure a more appealing profile.

Chest Implants

Shapely chests not only look great, they can also increase one's self-esteem. Chest Implants, or pectoral implants, can help you achieve smooth contours in areas that are not symmetrical, not well developed or have lost volume as part of the natural aging process. Results with chest implants at our Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama plastic surgery center are permanent and extremely natural-looking. Our plastic surgeons can help you choose the style of body contouring chest implant and the surgical technique that will help you best achieve your desired look.

Labiaplasty Vaginal Rejuvenation

Women with large or uneven vaginal lips caused by childbirth, aging, heredity or hormonal changes may experience rashes or skin irritation and pain during sexual intercourse. Labiaplasty performed at our Birmingham, Alabama outpatient surgery suite reduces and/or balances the size of the labia to improve its appearance. During surgery, excess tissue is removed and self-dissolving sutures are used. Patients are up and around immediately after the procedure and may usually resume sexual relations in about 6 weeks.

General Reconstructive Surgery

Patients of all ages with birth defects, injuries or problems caused by aging can be helped with Reconstructive Plastic Surgery performed at Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama. Reconstructive surgery is performed on different areas of the body to improve function and to approximate a normal appearance. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. William J. Hedden and Dr. J. Stephen Gunn are experienced in a wide variety of treatment options including wound treatment, skin grafts, tissue expansion, flap surgery/microsurgery, tumor removal and laser techniques.

Hand Surgery

Patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders and birth defects can benefit from dramatic advances in the field of Hand Surgery. Both the function and appearance of the hands can be improved for patients with a wide range of hand problems, including carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Dupuytren's contracture and congenital deformities. Our surgeons use techniques such as grafting, flap surgery and replantation or transplantation to repair hand injuries.

Fat Grafting

If you have smile lines, facial scars (such as those left behind by acne) or other skin imperfections, Fat Grafting, also called fat transfer or fat injection, might be just the answer. Fat grafting is performed under a local anesthetic and produces natural-looking results. Unlike other chemicals or injectables, fat injections rarely result in allergies or uncomfortable side effects because the contents are taken from donor sites on the patient's own body. Fat grafting is be used to add volume in the face, breasts, buttocks, hands and other areas in need of youthful volume.

Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss

People who have lost a large amount of weight after bariatric surgery, after pregnancy or from diet and exercise can also experience excess skin on different parts of the body. Skin that is stretched due to weight gain often lacks the elasticity to adapt to the body's new contours after the weight is gone. Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin, and removes excess, sagging fat and skin to reveal a smoother body contour. The procedures necessary to achieve your goals — such as lower body lift, breast lift, arm lift and thigh lift — will be defined with the help of our Alabama plastic surgeons.

The Orbera Gastric Balloon

The Gastric Balloon is a new choice in minimally-invasive weight loss surgery. Designed to fill the gap between dieting, exercise and more invasive bariatric surgery, the FDA approved gastric balloon has proven effective for people who are seeking to reach their long-term weight loss goals. The gastric balloon is placed in your stomach with a nonsurgical procedure at our Birmingham, Alabama offices, then removed after 6 months, while your professionally-managed weight loss support program continues for 12 months.

CoolSculpting Fat Reduction

Exciting news for people with diet- and exercise-resistant fat bulges is CoolSculpting, a breakthrough technology that freezes away stubborn fat without needles, surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting® gently targets and cools unwanted fat to induce a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat bulges. Results can be seen as soon as 3 weeks following treatment, with best results occurring over the next 2 to 4 months. CoolSculpting uses a precisely controlled method of cooling called cryolipolysis to target, cool and eliminate fat cells underneath the skin without harming the skin itself.


Lipodissolve is a nonsurgical method for spot-fat reduction. This technique uses a series of micro-injections of a naturally-occurring enzyme found in every cell of the body. The ingredients injected have actually been found to cause necrosis of the fat cells. Fat is dissolved, metabolized and safely excreted by the kidneys. While there is no downtime, it is normal to experience minor itching, bruising, swelling and redness for a few days after treatment. Patients receive a series of 3 to 5 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.

Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

Body contouring procedures at Hedden & Gunn include Liposuction, Tummy Tuck and Buttocks Enhancement with our premier plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgery team.

Birmingham, AL Office & Surgery Suites

Hedden & Gunn Plastic Surgery
140 Village Street
Birmingham, AL 35242
205-980-1744 or 800-HeddenMD
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* Dr. William Hedden, Dr. Stephen Gunn
Hedden and Gunn Plastic Surgery

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Questions About Body Contouring?

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