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10 Ways to Afford MTF Transgender Surgery

Transgender MTF surgery describes a range of procedures aimed at the hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t feel at home in the gender they were assigned at birth. These procedures are also known by the term “gender-affirming surgery.”

As can be imagined, changing one’s sex is a complicated process, and the procedures involved can be expensive. Yet the cost of not following through with surgery can be even more enormous.

In this article, we will cover the qualifications for gender-affirming surgery, the process, and the costs involved. We will discuss all the ways you can make changing your sex more affordable.

Doctor Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts specializes in Female to Male (FTM) transgender MTF surgery. The information contained here will focus on those specific surgical techniques. You can learn more by scheduling a consultation with Doctor Moein. Call Moein Surgical Arts in Los Angeles, California, at (310)299-9106.

Living with Gender Dysphoria Hurts

Not being comfortable in your birth-assigned gender is known as suffering from gender dysphoria. Medical professionals began using the term when it first arrived in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) back in 2013.

If you feel as though you suffer from gender dysphoria, you probably feel isolated and lonely. You might even feel like a stranger in your own body.

Unfortunately, it is not enough to feel gender dysphoria. That alone will not qualify you for gender-affirming surgery. A medical diagnosis is required.

How to Get Diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria?

The first step to receiving an official diagnosis for gender dysphoria is to undergo a behavioral health evaluation by your medical provider. This process involves an evaluation to confirm the presence of the mental health disorder, as well as document how discrimination and prejudice due to your gender identity have impacted your mental health. Your provider will also ask about the support you receive from friends, family, and peers, which is vitally important to the process of switching your gender.

The diagnosis will be made according to the criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

In order to receive a diagnosis, the medical provider must find that you suffer from extreme mental distress due to an overwhelming desire to be another gender.

Once you receive a diagnosis, you could be well on your way to undergoing gender-affirming surgery.

How Much Does MTF Gender Affirming Surgery Cost?

MTF Gender Affirming Surgery Cost

Depending on your goals, gender-affirming surgery could involve hormone replacement therapy (HRT), facial feminization surgery, top surgery, and bottom surgery.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

HRT helps to tip the balance between female to male hormones. When a transwoman starts hormone replacement therapy, general effects include breast development, a reduction in muscle mass, reduction of body hair, redistribution of facial and body fat, and a change in sweat and odor patterns. These effects can also include, in some cases, an arrest and potential reversal of scalp hair loss.

HRT can cost as much as $7,000 or more per year.

Facial Surgery

Facial feminization surgery (FFS) is a surgical procedure that involves the modification of facial characteristics. The aim of FFS is to soften the facial features to make them appear more feminine. The surgery can include rhinoplasty, which focuses on both the bone structure and nose shape, as well as soft tissue work, including the face-lift and neck lift.

Facial feminization surgery can cost $20,000 to $50,000 or more, depending on the number of procedures performed, and the surgeon.

As a side note, some surgeons offer non-surgical facial feminization treatments, which can keep your costs lowered. For example, the jaw can be reduced, frown lines and wrinkles minimized, and masculine features softened using Botox and facial fillers. Lip filling and plumping are also possible with these injectable processes. A treatment of Botox can cost between $230 and $555 while facial fillers can cost between $500 and $800 per syringe.

Top Surgery

Top surgery is considered a reconstructive procedure aimed at altering the size, shape, and appearance of the chest. In Male-to-Female top surgery, the technique involves giving you a feminized sized and shaped chest. This can be accomplished by using saline or silicone implants to increase breast size and shape.

The cost of MTF top surgery ranges between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on body shape, size, and the desired breast size.

Bottom Surgery

Male-to-female bottom surgery aims to give the genitals the appearance – and in some cases, the functionality – that matches the individual’s gender identity. Many transwomen have no interest in undergoing bottom surgery. However, by doing so, you can significantly improve your self-esteem and quality of life.

MTF bottom surgery involves the removal of the penis and scrotum. The procedure also includes the removal of the testicles, also referred to as an orchiectomy. With the testicles removed, the primary source of testosterone is eliminated from the body.

The surgeon then creates new feminine structures, such as a new mons pubis, labia, clitoris, and vaginal canal. These structures are created during a surgical procedure known as vaginoplasty. A skilled cosmetic surgeon can make these new feminine structures appear natural, as well as functional, complete with sensation.

Those who are not interested in vaginal penetration may opt for zero-depth vaginoplasty, otherwise referred to as valvopathy, where the outward appearance of the vulva is created without the internal vaginal canal.

Bottom surgery costs around $25,000.

Body Contouring Surgery

Body Contouring Surgery

MTF body contouring surgery is also referred to as body feminization surgery or BFS. This surgery is not always necessary. Some transwomen become satisfied with the way their body shape transforms on account of hormone replacement therapy alone. Others need a little more help making their bodies into the form they envision for themselves when diet, exercise, and hormones fall short.

BFS helps women achieve the pear shape, where the width is greater than the bust, and where your weight is predominantly carried in your hips, thighs, and buttocks.

Or maybe you prefer the rectangular shape, where you can achieve even fat distribution through the face, chest, waist, and buttocks.

Other transwomen prefer the apple shape, where the shoulders end up wider than the hips, and you’re left with a large bust, narrow hips, less defined waist, and small thighs. In this female body type, weight is carried predominantly in the face, bust, and belly.

The fourth female body shape FBS can give you is the hourglass shape. It gives you a narrow waist with fat distributed equally between your upper and lower body.

Cosmetic surgeons manipulate the breasts (through breast augmentation), waist, hips, buttocks, and abdomen (through abdominoplasty or the tummy tuck) to achieve these ideal body types. Liposuction is also used to remove fat from some areas while the fat transfer technique is used to redistribute fat around the body. The fat transfer technique involves the removal of fat from one area of the body before the fat cells are sterilized and reinjected into another area.

Body feminization surgery costs between $3,000 and $15,000.

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How Much Does Not Transitioning Cost?

Gender-affirming surgery is not cheap, but the cost of not transitioning is far more expensive – at least psychologically. Studies show that 40% of transgender people experienced serious psychological distress when forced to live inside what they feel is a stranger’s body. These effects are exacerbated by the individual’s experience with violence, rejection, and discrimination due to their gender identity. These effects are shown to drastically diminish following transition surgery.

How to Afford Gender Affirming Surgery?

We have now covered the reasons and costs associated with transgender MTF surgery. The aim now is to help you afford the various surgical procedures necessary to feel more comfortable in your own body.

Employer Insurance Policies

Insurance companies vary wildly when it comes to transgender MTF surgery coverage. You may be covered depending on the state, plan, and company you work for. You can determine the level of your coverage by reading your policy completely. Pay special attention to the exclusions and limitations section. Since insurance documentation can be confusing, it might be better to call your insurance company’s member services department or your HR department at work.

You should be aware that The Affordable Care Act and The Patient’s Bill of Rights have added important protections in health insurance that affect transwomen. These state that anyone can apply for health insurance and receive the coverage they need, regardless of gender. Insurers are no longer able to deny people coverage based on having a pre-existing condition, which includes being transgender. Finally, plan cancellations are illegal. It disallows health insurers to cancel coverage when an individual’s health needs have changed, such as coming out as a transwoman.


For those without insurance coverage, Medicare may offer an economical reprieve. Medicare provides coverage for gender reassignment surgeries, as long as those procedures are deemed medically necessary by a medical provider.


The easiest way to pay for gender reaffirming surgery is to pay the fees directly. This can be accomplished by saving money over time or receiving help from family. Unfortunately, not everyone has the means to pay the costs of surgery out of pocket.

Personal Loan

Personal Loan

Personal loans from your bank or credit union can cover the necessary expenses for transgender MTF surgery. Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $100,000 with interest rates ranging between 5% and 36% on repayments that span from one to five years.

The better your credit score, the less you will end up paying over the lifetime of the loan. Credit unions will offer far better deals than you will get at any bank. You can also pay less by looking for loans that are backed by personal assets.

Credit Card

When paying for transgender MTF surgery with a credit card, consider high APRs (annual percentage rates). The one factor that makes a credit card ideal is if you know you can pay the balance off within one year. Doing so could save you a significant amount of interest.

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)

Most people refer to a HELOC as a second mortgage. Being approved for a home equity line of credit allows you to access a line of credit that amounts to 85% of the value of your home. Because the line of credit is secured by the equity in your home, you will usually be eligible for lower rates than you will find with other loans.

Medical Grant

Insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid offer broader coverage for transgender surgery every year. Though, some of these policies do not cover some specific aspects, such as top surgery. To give you the additional funds you need, there are a number of surgical grants for which you can apply.

Notable grants include the Jim Collins Foundation, Point of Pride, and Genderbands.

Totals for the grants range from $500 to $9,000. The funds can be used for any portion of gender reaffirming surgery. It can range from TRT and top surgery to bottom surgery and body contouring.


Earlier we mentioned how important it is to have a support group composed of friends, family, and peers. Those sympathetic to your cause can contribute to your surgery by starting a crowdfunding page. GoFundMe and comparable sites give you a chance to state your cause from the heart. Your message can then be shared via social media and word of mouth, whereby beneficiaries can donate directly to your crowdfunding page using a credit card, PayPal, and other common payment methods. Though these sites do charge fees, if you have a big social circle with people who can donate even a little bit, this can be a terrific way to get some or all of your surgical costs covered.


Medical financing with a service like CareCredit gives you a chance to pay for surgery now while worrying about how to pay the associated fees later. Instead of an open-ended date to pay off the financing debt (such as with a credit card), a CareCredit credit card comes with fixed monthly payments over a set term that ranges from six months to sixty months.


Check around town and on social media to see if any businesses are willing to fundraise in your honor. Hitting up LGBTQ-friendly bars is one solid lead you can pursue. These establishments may donate a portion of a particular night’s drink sales to help you cover your surgical fees. You can also contact LGBTQ organizations in your community to see if they have other suggestions to help you raise the necessary funds.

Is Gender Affirming Surgery Right for You?

Choosing to undergo any surgical procedure is a massive decision to make. But you no longer have to live needlessly with gender dysphoria. Gender-affirming surgery is available. The procedures involved are permanent, so you should make sure the choice is the right one for you.

You would be a suitable candidate for surgery if you have a history of gender incongruence that has continued for over six months, and you have the ability to make a fully informed decision. You should also be over the age of eighteen for bottom surgery (16 for top surgery). Ensure that you are in top physical and mental condition.

Schedule a Consultation with Cosmetic Surgeon Doctor Moein

You can determine if you are a viable candidate for MTF transgender surgery by booking a consultation with world-renowned cosmetic surgeon Doctor Babak Moein. Start by calling Moein Surgical Arts in Los Angeles, California at (310)694-4486.

A Rundown of Cosmetic Body Contouring Fees

Are you hoping to makeover your body? Maybe you want to recapture your youth or you’re a mother looking to restore your body to pre-pregnancy conditions. Whatever your reason, the following guide should excite you.

Here are the most common body contouring procedures and the fees associated with each one. Keep in mind that these are only estimates and do not include associated fees such as anesthesia, hospital or surgical costs, medical tests, post-surgery garments, prescriptions, and surgeon fees. You can receive a more complete quote by scheduling a consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as Doctor Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts.

Cosmetic Body Contouring Fees – How Much for an All-Body Makeover?


Liposuction or simply “Lipo” is a fat-removal procedure that aims to slim down various parts of your body. This procedure continues to be one of the most popular body contouring procedures used by both men and women each year.

Liposuction involves the use of a saline solution that both numbs the area and helps to break down the fatty tissue to be removed. Small incisions are used for the insertion of a metal rod known as a cannula. The surgeon uses the cannula to break up the fatty tissue and suction it out.

Liposuction permanently removes fat from areas such as your abdomen, upper arms, upper thighs, back, buttocks, and under the chin for a base fee of $3,637, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

VASER Liposuction

VASER Liposuction in LA

VASER is a high-tech version of liposuction that takes the fat-removal to the next level. It is an advanced technology. The term stands for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. Instead of a saline solution being injected into the treatment area, radiofrequency energy is used to liquefy the fat.

Otherwise known as acoustic streaming, the sound energy used makes the fat easier to extract. The effect allows the surgeon to perform high-definition body contouring, which allows the body’s musculature to show through.

VASER Lipo can be used on the jowls, neck, abdomen, hips, love handles, back, buttocks, arms, thighs, and male breasts (gynecomastia surgery).

The average cost of the procedure is $6,675 based on self-reported costs on Real Self.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a body contouring procedure aimed at improving the shape and appearance of the abdominal region. During the procedure, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the belly.

Most people think the procedure ends there. It does not. The tummy tuck also involves the strengthening of the fascia, which is the connective tissue in the abdomen. These are tightened with sutures. The end effect gives you a flatter, more toned abdomen.

Ideal candidates for tummy tucks include those with flabby and saggy bellies, such as recent mothers, those who have lost significant amounts of weight, as well as anyone else who wishes to reclaim the body of their youth.

The average cost of a tummy tuck is $6,154, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Mommy Makeover

The mommy makeover represents a combination of procedures suited well for mothers who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies. The procedure contains a grouping of body contouring techniques, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, buttock augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, and labiaplasty.

Read our article: Mommy Makeover After Childbirth – How Long Do You Have to Wait?

Breast augmentation and breast lift are sometimes performed together or apart, depending on the desired outcome. Breast augmentation can involve breast implants or the fat transfer technique, where fatty tissue is extracted from a donor site before the fat is purified and injected into the breasts. The outcome gives the breasts more volume, improved shape, and – in some cases – added perkiness.

Buttock augmentation can involve butt implants or the Brazilian butt lift, which involves the fat transfer technique. During the BBL, one area of the body is made slimmer, such as the abdomen, before the fatty tissue is injected into the buttocks for more rounded firmness. Butt implants have the same effect but are better designed to give the buttocks greater firmness and shape without the extra volume the BBL is known for.

The tummy tuck makes the abdomen toned and firm while liposuction removes stubborn fat from the abdomen or elsewhere on the body, such as the thighs or upper arms.

Labiaplasty is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of enlarged labia minora by either correcting irregularities or reducing its outward appearance.

By having a mommy makeover procedure, women are able to have a collection of procedures with a single surgical session and only one downtime period.

The average cost of a mommy makeover is between $10,000 and $20,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, colloquially referred to as a boob job, is designed to improve the appearance of female breasts.

The procedure uses breast implants or the fat transfer technique to add size and volume to both breasts. The procedure is also used to add symmetry to breasts that are irregularly shaped or lopsided. The effect of the procedure makes the breasts appear rounder with improved size and shape. Today’s advanced techniques give the breasts a natural appearance that does not appear surgically enhanced.

When opting for breast augmentation, women have the choice of using saline breast implants, silicone implants, and gummy bear implants. The latter is a silicone gel that gives the most natural look and feel. Gummy bear implants are also the most expensive.

The fat transfer technique can be used alone or alongside breast implants to further add a natural appearance to the final result.

Breast augmentation costs $4,516 on average, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Butt Augmentation

Butt Augmentation in Los Angeles, CA

Buttock augmentation (or gluteal augmentation) is a procedure aimed at improving the volume, shape, and contour of the backside. Patients can opt for buttock implants or fat grafting, which is also called the fat transfer technique. The latter technique is also commonly known as the Brazilian butt lift or BBL.

Good candidates for butt implants and BBL surgery are at a stable and healthy weight without excess saggy skin with excellent skin laxity. The results of both procedures give you greater symmetry, firmness, and a more rounded butt shape.

For a saggy behind, there is also the buttock lift.

The average cost of these procedures is $5,278 for butt implants, $4,807 for buttock augmentation with fat grafting (BBL), and $5,482 for the buttock lift, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Arm Lift

An arm lift corrects flabby upper arms, sometimes referred to as bat wings or bingo wings. If your upper arm continues to wave even when the rest of your arm is staying still, you might be a suitable candidate for this popular body contouring procedure.

The arm lift focuses primarily on the underside of the upper arm, where the skin tends to stretch and fatty tissue accumulates. During the procedure, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from the space between the armpit and elbow. The remaining skin is then placed back over the newly repositioned contours. The aftereffect makes the arms appear more toned.

The average cost of an arm lift is $4,861, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Thigh Lift

When flabby tissue affects the upper thighs, a thigh lift can make the upper legs appear narrow and toned. Also referred to as thighplasty, the technique removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper thighs.

There are a variety of procedures associated with the thigh lift. The inner (medial) thigh lift focuses on saggy skin along the inner thighs. The mini thigh lift aims to remove excess skin and fat from the upper-inner part of the thigh only. The outer (bilateral) thigh lift addresses the outside portion of the thighs. The vertical thigh lift aims to remove excess skin from all areas of the thighs. And the thigh lift with liposuction is preferred for patients with poor skin elasticity along with heavy amounts of excess fat.

The thigh lift costs $5,171 on average, according to data from Healthline.

Body Lift

The body lift aims to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat. The procedure is also focused on removing sagging skin and excess fatty tissue.

The body lift can involve extensive incisions. The length and pattern of incisions depend on how much skin and fatty tissue need to be removed. Cosmetic surgeons do their best to hide incisions and the resulting scars in areas that can be easily hidden with clothing and bathing suits.

The results of a body lift make the body appear more contoured immediately, though it can take one or two years for the final results to fully develop.

Body lift surgery costs $7,924 on average, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Abdominal Etching

Abdominal Etching in LA

Abdominal etching represents an advanced liposuction technique aimed at sculpting the abdomen. The technique allows a skilled cosmetic surgeon to remove the superficial and deep layers of fat to reveal the musculature underneath. In some people, especially men, the results can produce six-pack abs. Women can achieve a more toned abdomen, as well, with some women achieving a four-pack with the popular body sculpting procedure.

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The technique is known as SmartLipo and involves either high precision laser technology or radiofrequency energy. The energy beam liquifies the fat around the abdomen, allowing for easy extraction. The more skilled the surgeon, the better your results will be. That is why it pays to search for an experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as Doctor Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts.

The average cost of abdominal etching (SmartLipo) is $6,000, according to Healthline.

Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Fees

Post-bariatric body contouring is aimed at removing excess skin while recontouring the body following extreme weight loss. When a patient loses a significant amount of weight from weight loss procedures such as gastric sleeve surgery or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, occasionally there is excess skin left over. This hanging skin can cause irritation and hygiene issues. At the very least, it can hinder the patient’s ability to find adequate clothing that fits.

Post-bariatric body contouring surgery involves techniques like the belt lipectomy, which is designed to remove the apron of excess skin and fatty tissue that remains along the abdomen, and sometimes along the back. Other procedures include the arm lift, thigh lift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and body lift. For men, gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) can alleviate the excess growth of female-like breasts.

Post-bariatric body contouring surgery fees can be between $8,000 and $30,000 or more, according to WebMD, depending on the procedures and how much skin and fatty tissue need to be removed.

Ready to Recontour Your Body for a Self-Esteem Boost?

Imagine how you could look with fuller breasts, a perkier backside, or slimmed-down arms and thighs. These effects could be yours with one or more body contouring surgeries. You now know the average base cost for these body contouring techniques. Once again, the body contouring fees above are only estimates and do not contain associated costs like surgeon fees and anesthesia.

When you want a detailed quote for your preferred body contouring technique, schedule a consultation with world-renowned cosmetic surgeon Doctor Babak Moein.

Doctor Moein has decades of experience and has helped thousands of patients throughout his career. These days, he operates out of an accredited surgical center in Los Angeles, California. You can meet Doctor Moein and his professional staff by booking a private meeting.

During this meeting, you can discuss your cosmetic goals, the benefits of each procedure, the risks, and the associated body contouring fees. You can even learn more about medical financing, and what to expect after the procedures are complete.

Are you ready to envision the possibilities? Start on the path to recontouring your figure (and boosting your confidence) by calling Moein Surgical Arts at (310)597-4976.

What Body Parts Can Be “Lifted” for an Age-Defying Effect?

The “Lift” is a body contouring procedure that is designed to reverse the signs of aging. By tightening and rejuvenating the skin, a skilled cosmetic surgeon can create a beautifying effect.

You can use body lift for all sorts of body parts, and the effects can be dramatic.

If you look in the mirror or glance down at your body and wish you had firmer, younger-looking skin, you might be a good candidate for a full or partial body lift. Here are all the body lift procedures that can have an age-defying effect. Ask about them during your consultation for cosmetic surgery with Dr. Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts in Los Angeles, California.

Body Parts That Can be Cosmetically Lifted

Face (Facelift)

When we start to age, the texture, and quality of our skin change, becoming less resilient and starting to wrinkle and sag in areas. The muscles responsible for maintaining our facial appearance weaken and lose their tone, which can make our skin appear loose and worn.

The facelift (rhytidectomy) is the procedure most are familiar with when it comes to the surgical lift. The procedure aims to reduce the appearance of sagging or folds of skin along the cheeks and jawline. A facelift can restore your youthfulness, making your skin look years younger.

During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will create incisions on both sides of the face. It will create skin flaps that will allow your face to be gently pulled back and secured into place. The result is a more youthful facial shape and skin that looks years younger.

There are some skin problems that you can not treat with a facelift. Tiny superficial creases, minuscule wrinkles on the nose, wrinkling along the lips, sun damage, or skin color irregularities cannot be treated with a facelift alone. Your cosmetic surgeon may recommend another procedure, such as Renuvion J-Plasma technology, which complements the facelift well (more on J-Plasma in a moment).

Arm (Arm Lift)

Arm Lift

An arm lift (brachioplasty) improves the appearance of the underside of the upper arm. If you wave and your arm continues to wiggle even after your hand stops, you could be a good candidate for arm lift surgery.

Arm lifts tend to treat saggy and loose skin on the upper arm. Sagginess is typically a sign of aging, but it can also be a product of extreme weight loss. While an arm lift can increase the strength and tone of the upper arm, it can’t address skin that won’t bounce back. For that reason, the cosmetic surgeon will ensure you have good skin elasticity before recommending the procedure to produce the best results.

During an arm lift, the cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the area between the armpit and elbow. The skin that remains is folded over the newly repositioned contours. It will make your arm appear more youthful and toned.

Thigh Lift

Thigh lifts (thighplasty) can correct saggy or dimpled skin, leaving the upper thighs taught and toned. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat before the contours are youthfully reshaped.

If you have upper thighs that jiggle and shake, and you’ve tried everything in and out of the gym to achieve your body shape goals, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you.

The thigh lift gives you upper thighs that appear naturally younger. What a thigh lift cannot do is remove large amounts of excess fat. Liposuction may be recommended if fat does need to be removed as part of the thigh lift procedure.

Tummy Lift

A tummy lift (mini-abdominoplasty) is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to correct loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles. The treatment area is on the lower abdomen, where the surgeon can remove excess skin and fat to create a slim and trim effect.

The cosmetic surgeon will place an incision diagonally in the lower abdominal area, just below the navel. Excess fatty tissue and loose skin are then extracted before the abdominal muscles are stretched under the naval and bounded together, which adds additional strength.

The tummy lift is not to be confused with the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). The tummy lift produces smaller scars and less discomfort following the procedure when compared to the more invasive tummy tuck.

Breast Lift

Breast Lift

A breast lift (mastopexy) raises the breasts by tightening the surrounding tissue and removing excess skin. The result is a younger contour and perkier breasts.

Surgeons recommend breast lift for patients with saggy breasts caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, weight fluctuations, gravity, and heredity.

A breast lift cannot change the size of the breasts or round out the upper portion of the chest area. For these effects, the cosmetic surgeon may recommend breast augmentation surgery in conjunction with the surgical breast lift.

Back Lift

A back lift (sometimes called torsoplasty, lipectomy, or upper body lift) is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at removing excess fat and tissue from the back area. This body lift procedure tends to create smoother contours while giving your back a tighter, toned appearance.

The surgeons recommend a back lift for patients who have experienced significant weight loss, leading to skin that sags and hangs. The surgeon can combine back lift with a breast lift and or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to create more well-rounded contours.

Buttock Lift

A buttock lift (gluteoplasty) can make the butt appear toned and rejuvenated when age and other factors have left saggy, loose skin behind. A buttock lift is not to be confused with a Brazilian butt lift, which involves the natural fat transfer technique to give you a fuller, more rounded backside. The butt lift involves the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue, leaving you with a much younger-looking butt.

You can combine liposuction with the buttock lift to remove excess fat in addition to making the treatment area more toned and rejuvenated. The surgeons recommend a buttock lift for patients who have recently lost a considerable amount of weight and now have loose skin that hangs. Age and heredity, among other factors, can also cause a saggy butt. To add volume, a buttock lift can be combined with butt augmentation using implants or fat transfer (BBL).

Full Body Lift

Full Body Lift

A full-body lift involves a combination of procedures in a single surgical session. You may opt for the facelift, tummy lift, and butt lift, for example. Having multiple lifts keeps you from having to experience additional downtime. You recover once from all of your procedures and wait for the results of the procedures to manifest as you heal. You can enact dramatic change by altering several body parts at once.

A body lift tends to improve the shape of your body, as well as the tone of the underlying tissue that supports the fat and skin. The procedure targets saggy skin and excess fat and is ideal for those with irregular surfaces to their skin such as wrinkling or dimpling.

A body lift improves the shape of the body, but it cannot remove fat. Your cosmetic surgeon may pair your body lift with liposuction or VASER Hi-Def liposuction to enact even more dramatic change.

Upper Body Lift

Upper body lift surgery is a term reserved for several procedures conducted within the same session, all of them focused on the areas above the waist. The cosmetic surgeon may include an upper arm lift, breast lift, and back lift in the same session. The surgeon can perform the procedure on men or women. For men, the breast lift will be traded for gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction).

The upper body lift corrects loose and saggy skin after extreme weight loss or due to age and genetics. Your cosmetic surgeon may also use the upper body lift after liposuction to improve your bodily contours.

When the upper body lift is complete, the skin around the treatment areas will be tighter and toned with rejuvenated skin. An upper body lift is often combined with other procedures, such as breast augmentation, as part of a mommy makeover procedure.

Lower Body Lift

The lower body lift aims to lift the areas of your body that exist below the waist. Examples include the flanks, lower abdomen, hips, and thighs. Extreme weight loss and age can have devastating effects on our lower bodies. The lower body lift can boost your confidence by giving your lower extremities more defined contours. The procedure targets those stubborn fat cells that seem to cling to the areas around and below the waist. The results add tone where there used to be loose skin, which can help clothes fit better and you look your best.

Scarless Lifts with Renuvion (J-Plasma)


One complaint many people have about lift procedures is that they leave visible scars behind. The arm lift, for example, can leave a scar that extends from the elbow to the armpit. Renuvion is now being recommended by cosmetic surgeons for its ability to lift the body without visible scars.

Renuvion uses J-Plasma technology, which is a combination of radiofrequency energy and helium gas. This mixture also produces a cold plasma that constricts and rejuvenates the treatment area. Not only does Renuvion replicate the dramatic effects of many body lift procedures, but the procedure is minimally-invasive. It only leaves tiny and nearly hidden scars behind. J-plasma is safe, precise, and able to make you look younger almost all over.

You can use Renuvion for “Scarless” lifts on the arms, abdomen, breasts, buttocks, thighs, lower face, neck, knees, and tummy – virtually everywhere from head to toe.

Turn Back Time with a Full or Partial Body Lift

With so many areas available to lift, you have a big decision to make. Will you lift your arms or thighs, or will you go with a full or partial body lift?

If you have arms that jiggle, a body that sags, or thighs that shimmy and shake, one of these contoured lifts may be right for you.

Learn more about body lift procedures, and about the scarless Renuvion lift, by choosing Moein Surgical Arts in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Babak Moein is an expert at minimally-invasive body lifts. He is famous for providing aesthetically-superior results. Dr. Moein also has access to Renuvion J-Plasma technology for the scarless lift effect. Ready to reverse the years and regenerate your skin? Choose a time that works best for you for a sit-down consultation with Dr. Moein by calling (310)694-4486.

HD Lipo Gives You “Jaw-Dropping” Muscle Definition Without the Grueling Cardio

Do you want to get that shredded look?

The one where all your muscles seem to pop, giving you that toned appearance!.

You know, your dream body, where you have curves for days, if you’re a woman.

If you’re a man, you might want your six-pack to show every time you take your shirt off.

Conventional wisdom tells us that, to get a body like that, you have to spend all day in the gym.

Eliminate carbohydrates, restrict meat, or whatever extremes people are resorting today to drop that final layer of fat.

That final fat coating prevents your body’s musculature from showing through.

However, you don’t need to struggle in the gym or restrict your eating to lose those pesky pockets of fat.

A new body contouring surgery can remove the fat like liposuction with a significant upgrade.

The amazing technique is now available at your cosmetic surgeon’s office. The technique is called VASER Lipo or HD Lipo. The ultrasound technology eradicates fat like lipo but gives you greater definition as if you earned it in the gym.

How Does VASER Technology Work?

Using a Vaser Liposuction, a skilled cosmetic surgeon can etch the fine lines around your arms, neck, midsection, and other areas around your body.

Much like a sculptor can make a statue’s muscles stand out, your body contouring surgeon does the same to your body with the VASER device.

HD Lipo strategically removes fat from select places around the body. A pocket of fat here, another over there, giving you the chance to show off the natural structure underneath.

VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy of Resonance.

The ultrasound waves emitted from the device liquefies your fat cells before they are removed from your body entirely.

Prior to your fat being removed your surgeon will apply a tumescent fluid to the treatment area, further breaking down the fat while simultaneously numbing the location.

The surgery is fast, minimally invasive, and effective at making you look absolutely ripped. The Vaser technology and Renuvion J-plasma skin tightening system have revolutionized liposuction to a new level. This is the new era in body contouring and plastic surgery with jaw dropping results.

Once the fat is properly broken down, your bariatric surgeon will remove the fat cells from your body completely, giving you the toned look you want.

What Body Parts Can HD Lipo Be Used On?

The procedure has become so popular in part because it can be used on so many body parts. The body-etching method can be used on the arms, chest, abs, shoulders, buttocks, and inner thighs.

The HD Lipo treatment sculpts the body to its perfect natural shape by removing the fat that’s covering all your best parts.

Use HD Lipo to Enhance Other Aspects of Your Body

Since fat is removed from your body during the HD Lipo procedure, some patients choose to have that fat reinjected into select body parts, including chest muscles and buttocks. Doing so can give your body the best possible contours, especially when you choose an artist as your body contouring surgeon.

Who is the Best Candidate for HD Lipo?

VASER body sculpting may be right for you if you are already healthy but struggle to shed those last layers of fat. HD Lipo can give you that defined appearance that makes all your hard work in the gym worth it, no grueling cardio sessions and extreme dieting required.

You will be the best candidate if you have a solid underlying musculature, good skin elasticity, and don’t have much fat to remove. Your bariatric surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

How Does VASER Work?

How Does VASER Work?

The VASER ultrasound device emits ultrasound waves that loosen and melt the fat. Your surgeon will make a series of incisions near the affected areas to remove the fat pockets. These incision marks are usually hidden in the natural folds of your body and will fade over time. That means you can feel free to show off your new body at the beach, pool, or wherever you happen to be without worrying about blemishes getting in the way.

If you wish to have fat reinjected into other parts of the body, the fat will be liquified before the reinjection process. This procedure is known as “fat transfer.”

Just imagine, your repurposed fat could be used to further enhance your body. Popular procedures for fat transfer include breast augmentations, Brazillian butt lifts, and lip enhancements.

Is General Anesthesia Used?

Just like a traditional liposuction procedure, you will be placed under general anesthesia after being admitted into the surgical facility. The procedure can be short or long, depending on the number of areas being treated. Generally speaking, the procedure can take between an hour or two.

After the procedure is over, you will wear a compression garment designed to circulate your blood, which enhances the healing process. You can expect to return to your job in seven to ten days, whereby you should take the time to relax and recover from surgery.

You’ll be back to your normal activity and exercise routine anywhere from two to four weeks. When four weeks have passed, you should be able to enter the gym and work out as thoroughly as you like. Of course, make sure you are fully cleared by your doctor before you resume your normal workouts.

How Is HD Lipo Different Than Traditional Liposuction?

Standard lipo is a procedure that removes excess fat from select parts of the body. These healthy amounts of fat can shrink the belly, flanks, thighs, neck, buttocks, chest, and arms.

HD Lipo is for individuals who have some muscle definition and only a thin layer of fat is preventing their true musculature from showing through. The HD treatment removes the deepest layers of fat, as well as the subdermal and superficial layers. This is the fat that makes your muscles more visible. By removing that fat, you get to put all your gains on display.

In short, HD Lipo sculpts your body to its best possible shape.

HD-Lipo Vaser Technology

How Much Does HD Lipo Cost?

Since HD Lipo takes liposuction to the next level and takes significantly longer, you can expect to pay around twice as much as you would for a traditional liposuction procedure.

The average cost of the high-definition liposuction procedure ranges from $6K to 16K, depending on the treatment areas and the amount of fat removed, and associated surgical procedures.

Is the VASER Procedure Permanent?

Your body contouring surgeon will provide you with expert advice for maintaining a healthy weight. Keeping your weight steady is critical for enjoying long-term success with the HD Lipo treatment. If you gain weight, lose weight, or get pregnant, you could experience some result changes.

Talk to your doctor about keeping up with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle to achieve the best results once the procedure is complete.

Can HD Lipo Tighten Your Skin?

The HD Lipo procedure can tighten the skin. In fact, this is one of the most sought-after benefits of this fantastic body contouring treatment. Etch your body and tighten the skin to show off more of your hard-earned muscle. What’s not to love?

HD Lipo can even be combined with procedures like Renuvion, which offers further skin tightening, as well as skin rejuvenation, for even greater body-etching effects.

Schedule a Virtual Consultation to Learn More About HD Lipo Today

With the “eye-catching” results you are guaranteed to achieve with VASER technology, you owe it to yourself to schedule a consultation with a body contouring surgeon near you. Dr. Moein of Moein Surgical Arts offers this amazing technology for scarless skin tightening and high-definition body etching. Call (310) 694-4486 to schedule a virtual consultation during a time works best for you.

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