David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff

Body Contouring

Body Contouring Knoxville

Real Patient

Imagine wearing a two-piece bathing suit again or taking off your shirt without embarrassment and throwing away the “fat” clothes in your closet… for good. These are some of the things our patients tell us they never thought they’d be able to do before they had body contouring surgery.

Maybe you’ve inherited your mother’s thighs or your father’s hip rolls. Perhaps you’ve achieved significant weight reduction and have excess skin to be removed, or you have a figure that has changed as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Knoxville plastic surgeons David Reath, MD, and Jessica Walker, MD, perform advanced body contouring techniques that can work wonders to restore the figure you’ve always wanted. Because they are well-versed in all areas of body contouring—liposuction, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, circumferential body lifts, and arm lifts, you can be certain that they will recommend the best procedure to fit your particular concern.

Did you know?

Dr. Reath was the first physician in Knoxville to perform ultrasound assisted liposuction after training with the world’s foremost authority back in the day. So he is really the guy to thank for staying on top of new developments in body contouring surgery.

He is the most famous for his tummy tucks, which he’ll tell you is his favorite operation to perform. One look at our before and after abdominoplasty photos will tell you why patients insist on having Dr. Reath do their surgery. Never one to rest on his laurels, he continues to network with the world’s finest plastic surgeons, sharing best practices and techniques to perform tummy tucks safer and better. He is the only plastic surgeon in the Knoxville area to use a novel Brazilian abdominoplasty approach called the Lipoabdominoplasty.

It’s important to understand that none of these body contouring procedures are meant for weight reduction.

This causes a lot of confusion. The closer you are to your ideal body weight, the better your results are going to be. To summarize, liposuction is perfect for exercise-resistant fat bulges that are out of proportion to the rest of your body. If you have excess skin either from massive weight reduction or pregnancy, you would be a candidate for a tummy tuck or body lift procedure.

Here’s where to start:

  • If you have hereditary fat bulges that don’t go away when you reduce your weight:Liposuction.
  • If you want to restore the contour of your abdomen after pregnancy or significant weight changes:Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty).
  • If you want to combine a tummy tuck with a breast procedure:Mommy Makeover.
  • If you are left with excess skin and fat in the front and back of your body after significant weight reduction: Body Lift.
  • If you have excess skin and fat (bat wings) under your arms after dropping a lot of weight:Arm Lift (Brachioplasty).

Safety First

You should have a BMI of 30 or less to be a good candidate for these procedures. Here’s a handy BMI calculator so you can see if you are in the safe range to consider plastic surgery.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Calculator for Adults

BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

feet inches

Your BMI is

  • Underweight (Below 18.5)
  • Normal (18.5 - 24.9)
  • Overweight (25.0 - 29.9)
  • Obese (30.0 and above)

Your weight ( pounds) is in the category for adults of your height ( feet, inches)

To learn more, visit the CDC's Healthy Weight website

The pages on our website are chocked full of information that will be helpful to you as you do your research. You’ll find procedure prices and scores of before and after photos. We even have a free eBook about recovering from plastic surgery written by our office staff. As you scroll through the pages and find that you have a question, look for the links to “Ask Dr. Reath”.
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