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Body contouring is a set of procedures that help sculpt your body to achieve your desired form. Often used after weight loss, pregnancy, or illness, body contouring shapes and enhances your body in ways that elude diet and exercise.

Recontouring the Body to Heal the Mind

Famous statues demand beautiful pedestals. You don’t want a priceless antique sitting on a flimsy stool from the dollar store. Likewise, your face should rest on a body that makes you happy. Having a positive body image contributes to a healthy and happy state of mind. If you aren’t happy with your body due to aging, pregnancy, or weight loss surgery, body contouring can help you achieve the physique you desire. Diet and exercise are essential to continued wellness, but they can’t remove excess skin and intractable fat.

Studies consistently find that body contouring procedures increase a patient’s quality of life and satisfaction with their bodies.[1]

Dr. Kimberly Short offers a full suite of body contouring procedures at her Indianapolis offices, including body lifts, liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery. She continually refines her surgical skills to produce reliable and beautiful results. Her practice focuses on helping patients sculpt the body they envision for themselves. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Short online or by calling our offices. 

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What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring uses a variety of techniques that are designed to enhance your shape and dimensions. Body contouring techniques focus on removing unnecessary skin and fat tissue and tightening regions of your body that have loosened up due to age, pregnancy, or weight gain. Some additional procedures can be used for other issues such as those annoying “spider veins” that appear on legs. Body contouring focuses on refining your body to achieve the shape you desire. The results of body contouring have a lot of positive correlations with improved psychological and psychosocial wellbeing. Cosmetic procedures can effectively treat conditions that derive from a negative body image. We don’t recommend body contouring as a treatment for obesity. If your BMI is over 30, body contouring is not suitable. Postpone body contouring until after you are closer to your weight loss goals. 

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  • Remove excess skin from specific areas
  • Reduce unwanted fat from obstinate regions
  • Sculpt the shape of a targeted area of the body
  • Achieve long-lasting results
  • Supplement bariatric surgery 
  • Restore the body to a pre-pregnancy state

Is Body Contouring Right for Me?

You are an ideal candidate for body contouring if:

  • You have excess skin you want to remove
  • You have stubborn fat that can’t be dieted or exercised away
  • You maintain a stable weight for 6 months or more 
  • Your BMI Is less than 30
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You have realistic expectations  

Body contouring is extremely popular for patients that have gone through massive weight loss, either through bariatric surgery or diligent diet and exercise routines. After losing a large amount of weight, most patients will have excess skin that can’t be worked off by exercise or eliminated through diet. Women that have given birth often experience the same issue of excess skin that just can’t be removed through conventional methods. The abdomen and the breasts are popular areas that new moms frequently desire to return to their pre-pregnancy state.

Your Private Consultation with Dr. Short

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Patients routinely seek out Dr. Short for her compassion and communication skills. Performing plastic surgery for women and men from Indianapolis for many years, Dr. Short has developed a reputation for offering trustworthy and grounded advice. She is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Short holds the titles of Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Ambassador of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. These positions verify her commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in plastic surgery. By combining surgical expertise with a painter’s eye, Dr. Short captures your vision for aesthetic beauty. At the Gillian Institute, your team members have been patients as well as practitioners. They understand how it feels to be on the other side of a procedure. Therefore, they strive to make your experience as comfortable and satisfying as possible.

Schedule a consultation and discover why Dr. Short receives such glowing reviews. We invite new and returning patients to call us with any questions at (805) 373-7073

Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring procedures complement your hard work. You’ve maintained a strict diet and disciplined exercise regimen, now reward yourself with the final results you want.

Mommy Makeover

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Mommy makeovers are a comprehensive set of body contouring procedures designed specifically to rejuvenate a woman’s body after giving birth. Together with Dr. Short, you will discuss your goals and develop a strategic plan for the makeover. Depending on your specifics, the mommy makeover can include a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, arm lift, and injectables. 

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Sagging skin is a common issue for both men and women. It can result from aging, pregnancy, or weight loss. Arm lifts will tighten the contours of your arms and remove unwanted skin. 


Indianapolis Liposuction

Liposuction uses a gentle suction technique to remove excess fat cells from targeted regions. The areas liposuction can target include the stomach, buttocks, thighs, knees, hips, neck, and chin. Liposuction is not intended as a means of achieving weight loss. It’s a technique for selective fat removal, not losing large amounts of weight.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy tucks tighten the abdominal muscle, which results in a flatter, smoother stomach. Tummy tucks also remove excess skin and fat. The procedure recontours the waistline and allows a more sculpted appearance.

Lower Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy)

Indianapolis thigh lift

Popular after massive weight loss surgery, a lower body lift tightens the entire region that includes the hips, buttocks, thighs, and waistline. The procedure will extract unnecessary fat and skin. The process is more extensive and detailed than a tummy tuck as it refines the contours of the lower body, not just the stomach.
Thigh Lift

Thigh lifts employ liposuction and tightening procedures to tone the thighs and remove excess skin and tissue. For thigh lifts, incision placement is essential to achieve the desired results, minimize scarring, and avoid complications. Precise and strategic incisions are one of Dr. Short’s fortes. 

Brazilian Butt Lifts

Contemporary culture views shapely buttocks as an important element to a desirable figure. Brazilian butt lifts (BBL) combine several techniques to shape the butt of your dreams. Liposuction removes unwanted fat deposits from such areas as the flanks and thighs. The extracted fat is then purified for autologous transfer to remodel the contours of your body to achieve your desired curves. Unsightly bulges become the material you need to enhance your overall silhouette. 

Hand Rejuvenation

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They say the hands reveal the true age of a person. The skin on the back of the hands sees more sun exposure than almost any other area of the body. As such, it’s vulnerable to photoaging and often shows wrinkles, sagging skin, and thinning skin. With hand rejuvenation, we can restore your digits to a youthful state; no one will be able to guess your age by peeking at your arms.


Please refrain from smoking cigarettes for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Smoking reduces your body’s capacity to heal following surgical procedures and works against a healthy circulatory system. Keeping a healthy sleep schedule, drinking lots of water, and maintaining a nutritious diet will always aid in recovery. Make sure to follow-up with all Dr. Short’s recommendations for aftercare. Specific instructions may differ depending on which procedures you undergo.

Attractive Results

Surveys consistently show positive benefits from body contouring. Most patients experience significant improvements in quality of life. These improvements translate into improved physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. Patients show a positive uplift in self-esteem, and body image.[2] Studies also show individuals rated as attractive by a consensus of participants often receive positive treatment in interpersonal interactions.[3] 

What is the Cost of Body Contouring in Indianapolis?

With consultation from Dr. Short, patients can select from a menu of body contouring procedures. Price ranges can be found on the financing page of our website. Because each procedure is customized to the individual patient, Dr. Short can only determine the exact pricing for the procedures after assessment. We offer several financing options to offset your costs.


Is body contouring safe?

Your safety is our primary concern. We perform all procedures in accordance with the highest safety standards. Your procedures will be conducted in our surgery center that maintains the highest form of ambulatory accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF). Our anesthesia department consists of medical doctors who are board-certified anesthesiologists. Dr. Short puts your safety and health first.


  1. Song, A. Y., Rubin, J. P., Thomas, V., Dudas, J. R., Marra, K. G., & Fernstrom, M. H. (2006). Body Image and Quality of Life in Post Massive Weight Loss Body Contouring Patients. Obesity, 14(9), 1626-1636. doi:10.1038/oby.2006.187
  2. Toma, T., Harling, L., Athanasiou, T. et al. (2018) Does Body Contouring After Bariatric Weight Loss Enhance Quality of Life? A Systematic Review of QOL Studies. Obesity Surgery. 28, 3333–3341.
  3. Sarwer, D.B., Polonsky, H.M. (2016). Body Image and Body Contouring Procedures, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 36, Issue 9, October, Pages 1039–1047,