How to Get an Hourglass Figure

Body trends are similar to fashion trends; they sometimes feel like they change every season. The narrow waist and large bust desired during one decade fades into straight lines and ultra-thin bodies the next. In recent years, there has been a return to women wanting womanly curves.

Healthy bodies with specifically placed fullness in the hips, butt, and breasts have become the ideal body type, and many women are more than willing to turn to plastic surgery to achieve that look. With curvaceous women like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and the Kardashians being symbols of beautiful bodies, women are willing to own the curves they have and enhance the curves they don’t.

Curves in the Right Places

Your body shape can make or break your image. Whether your body has attractive curves or no curves at all, your body shape sends a message about you and your perceived overall attractiveness. While many people focus on trimming their waistlines to improve their body shape, there are multiple ways to enhance your curves.

Breast Augmentation

Breasts have been associated with femininity and sensuality for a long time. Breast implants can help women attain fuller, larger, or shapelier breasts and achieve the feminine physique they desire. Breast augmentation uses implants to boost the size of your breasts and create more voluptuous curves. Breast implants come in many shapes and sizes so you can get exactly the look you want. The scars from inserting the breast implants can easily be hidden by most undergarment styles, and most women consider them well worth the increase in breast size.

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If you have a muffin top, love handles, saddlebags, or bra bulge, liposuction can permanently remove stubborn fat to create leaner, smoother body contours. This procedure targets areas of stubborn fat and leaves minimal to no scarring, so you will not have to worry about telltale scars showing on your abdomen, thighs, or back. With liposuction, you can have a narrower waistline, trimmer thighs, and a slimmer body to complement and accentuate your bust.

Liposuction has long been used to remove excess fat pockets that a healthy diet and consistent exercise regimen cannot, leaving you slimmer, trimmer, and more toned. The fat cells removed during the procedure are gone for good, meaning you can enjoy your results for years to come. Liposuction can also be used to enhance your desired curves, such as in the hips or butt, by treating and balancing the surrounding areas.

Butt Lift

The shape and curvature of your derrière can be enhanced in various ways. The preferred tactic for many people is to use exercise to reshape their buttocks. Jumping rope, running up the stairs, cycling, squats, and lunges are all great exercises that can tone and firm your backside. However, not everyone has the time, energy, or ability to do these kinds of exercises. Even for those who do, many people who invest time in butt-shaping exercises won’t see the particular results they are looking for. If any of this sounds familiar to you, improving your derrière may require a different approach: undergoing butt lift surgery. A butt lift can provide you with the customized enhancement you want.

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A butt lift can fix a number of common complaints, such as having a flat or saggy butt, or one that lacks fullness or skin elasticity. A butt lift can be performed in different ways: it could be a surgical procedure, or it could be a minimally invasive procedure designed to enhance the buttocks. Depending on your needs, Dr. Mesbahi may perform butt enhancement with liposuction, fat injections, removal of excess skin, or surgery to insert butt implants. Each of these methods can help to enhance your curves and create the body shape you desire.

You can choose from several different procedures to improve your body shape. Achieve the hourglass figure you desire by choosing to undergo one surgery or a combination of procedures.

To learn more about how to enhance your curves, schedule your consultation today by calling us at (703) 287-8277 or filling out our online contact form at your convenience.

girl pulling her big jeans and showing weight lossEvery day, millions of men and women vow to try to lose weight and transform their bodies. Often, the task proves to be much more difficult than anticipated. Because of this difficulty, successful weight loss is one of the most rewarding accomplishments and one that deserves significant credit.

Unfortunately, feelings of pride and accomplishment can be marred when you are left with excess skin that doesn’t have the elasticity to shrink to your newly contoured frame. No matter how much you try, excess skin cannot be fixed by a healthy diet or exercise. Your only real option is surgery.

Why Does Excess Skin Form?

Over an extended period, skin stretches around the frame as weight is gained. While this is occurring, the elastic quality of your skin is breaking down. Unfortunately, there is no way for anyone to stop that. No matter what size you are, your skin loses more collagen and elastin every year, and with this loss comes the inability for the skin to retract. Thus, when you lose a significant amount of weight, it is likely you will be left with excess skin.

How Can This Excess Skin Affect Me?

While excess skin creates physical problems, such as skin irritations and the inability to participate in physical activities to sustain your weight loss, the presence of excess skin has the most significant impact on your confidence. As you know, weight loss is hard, and you likely worked extremely hard to achieve every pound lost, so you should be able to show off your hard-earned transformation without excess skin hiding your accomplishments. Body contouring surgery can be the final piece of your weight loss journey.

What Does Body Contouring Entail?

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Body contouring after weight loss can address all of the areas that may experience excess skin. This includes the abdomen, back, hips, thighs, arms, butt, and breasts. In these hand-tailored procedures, the excess skin is removed, and liposuction can be performed to target any remaining fat pockets to leave you looking firm and contoured.

If you are looking for more information about body contouring, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesbahi, give our office a call at 703-287-8277.


Body Contouring Surgery Before and After PhotosMajor weight loss is a commendable feat and should make you feel proud of your accomplishments. However, the loose skin that remains after weight loss can put a damper on your achievements, causing you to continue to feel self-conscious about your appearance. Dr. Alex Mesbahi offers body contouring after weight loss to remove excess skin and tone your body so that you can embrace your newly improved body shape with confidence.

Who Can Benefit From Body Contouring After Weight Loss?

Undergoing major weight loss on your own or through surgery may leave you with stretched out skin. Your skin will lack elasticity and be unable to conform to your new body shape, and, consequently, it may appear to hang loosely from your body. The upper arms, breasts, buttocks, thighs, abdomen, and back are particularly likely to have skin that remains stretched after weight loss. If you have sagging, loose skin, you may be a good candidate for body contouring. To be a good candidate, you should also have stabilized your weight loss, have no significant health problems, and be a non-smoker. Above all, you should have realistic goals, a positive outlook, and be wholly committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper exercise and nutrition.

How Body Contouring Helps Transform Your Body After Weight Loss

Body contouring allows you to complete your body transformation after weight loss by removing excess skin and fat from trouble areas. This procedure can remove excess skin from the upper arms, breasts, buttocks, groin, thighs, back, and abdominal area. Along with removing sagging skin, body contouring can also remove fat from stubborn areas to improve body shape. By improving the shape and tone of your underlying tissues and tightening your skin, body contouring improves your overall appearance. All the hard work you’ve put in to lose weight and improve your body will be more noticeable and apparent. As you commit to living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a stable body weight, your transformation can be long lasting and can improve your life for years to come.

If you’ve undergone major weight loss and are burdened by excess, loose skin, body contouring can transform your body. After body contouring, you can finally have the body you’ve been dreaming of and more fully appreciate your new figure. To schedule your body contouring consultation with Dr. Mesbahi, call us at (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today.

A Mommy Makeover for Mother's DayMost of us know and love a mother in our life. We also know they sacrifice and do a lot for their children, their spouses, and their family as a whole. All too often, one thing many moms sacrifice is their bodies. Some mothers can seem to find the time to hit the gym and tone their bodies, but others simply can’t get their body to look and feel like it did before they had children.

In many cases, women find that their bodies struggle to regain the skin elasticity, tone, and firmness they had pre-baby. Pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles, nursing causes decreased volume in the breasts, and the hectic lifestyle of a parent leaves little time to work off those stubborn fat deposits. So this Mother’s Day, say “thank you” to that amazing mom in your life and treat her to a Mommy Makeover.

What’s a Mommy Makeover?  

A Mommy Makeover is a set of body contouring procedures specifically designed to treat common problem areas that many new and experienced moms suffer from: the abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs. Each procedure is tailored to the patient to remove unwanted fat, tighten the muscles, achieve a more toned body contour, and, above all else, restore her self-confidence.

  • Liposuction: Removes stubborn fat deposits from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. Through tiny incisions, a narrow tube (cannula) vacuum suctions out the unwanted fat. Recovery takes about two weeks. This procedure is ideal for patients with good skin elasticity, or it can be combined with tummy tuck surgery for a toned and contoured abdomen.
  • Tummy Tuck: Rids the abdomen of excess skin, tightens loose abdominal muscles, and pulls the remaining skin firm. A small incision is created across the lower abdomen through which unwanted tissue is excised and the abdominal muscles are stitched back together. Recovery time is about three weeks. This procedure is ideal for patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and cannot achieve a toned abdominal contour through diet and exercise.
  • Breast Lift: Eliminates unnecessary breast tissue and sutures the remaining tissue into a firmer, more perky position on the chest. An incision is made that runs along the bottom of the areola and down to the crease under the breast. Tissue is removed, and the breast is lifted to a more pleasing position. The recovery period lasts just over a month. This procedure is best suited for women who experience breast sagging but have adequate volume. Women with both breast drooping and volume loss should consider combining breast lift surgery with breast augmentation.
  • Breast Augmentation: Increases the size and corrects the shape of the breasts with implants. Patients can choose between saline and silicone implants based on their desired aesthetic outcome. An incision is created around the areola, along the breast crease, or within the armpit. The implant is inserted and placed either in the subglandular or subpectoral location. Implant, incision, and placement type all depend on each patient’s aesthetic goals and body type. The recovery period is just over a month. This procedure is designed for women who have experienced volume loss due to pregnancy and nursing or who would like to enlarge their naturally small breasts.

This Mother’s Day, treat yourself or that special mom in your life to a Mommy Makeover. Moms give so much to the people in their lives, and it’s time they did a little something for themselves. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Mesbahi and see how a Mommy Makeover can transform you from post-baby drab to new-mommy fab! Contact our office at 703-287-8277 or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

shutterstock_182125115Improving the contours of the body through cosmetic surgery has become extremely popular over the last few years. Of all the body contouring procedures that are offered, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are the most performed because of their ability to noticeably improve the appearance of the midsection. However, some people have a tough time distinguishing the differences between the two procedures.

Liposuction Eliminates Fat

Liposuction is typically performed for men and women who have been unsuccessful at eliminating stubborn areas of fat through diet and exercise. To perform this procedure, Dr. Mesbahi inserts a thin hollow tube (cannula) through tiny, inconspicuous incisions. As he gently moves the cannula to separate fat cells from the underlying tissues, a vacuum device is used to permanently remove the fat cells.

Tummy Tuck Eliminates Excess Skin and Tightens Muscles

Tummy tuck surgery is usually desired by patients who have excess stretched or hanging skin in the stomach area as a result of dramatic weight loss or pregnancy. Pregnancy can also cause the abdominal muscles to stretch and tear, and they generally cannot be repaired through exercise. Dr. Mesbahi performs the tummy tuck procedure by making an incision along the lower abdominal region (below the bikini line) to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to provide a flatter, more defined abdominal appearance.

Dr. Alex Mesbahi has many years of experience in performing liposuction and tummy tuck surgery for individuals of all ages. In some instances, he even combines both procedures during one surgery to achieve the most beneficial results. To ensure the longest-lasting results possible, patients should maintain their weight and follow a healthy lifestyle.

To discover if you’re a good candidate for a liposuction or tummy tuck procedure, feel free to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Mesbahi and his well-trained staff look forward to seeing you soon!


Whether achieved by diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, dramatic weight loss can have a positive effect on a person’s self-confidence. However, in achieving your weight-loss goal, your body may have been left with excess fat deposits and sagging skin on various regions. These issues not only continue to worsen, but they also become nearly impossible to improve over time. To correct the negative side effects that result from losing a considerable amount of weight, many men and women turn to body contouring with Dr. Alex Mesbahi for an effective solution.

Benefits of Body Contouring Surgery

Through body contouring surgery, Dr. Mesbahi can help patients improve the following conditions:

  • Sagging in the upper arms
  • Breasts that appear flat
  • Downward pointing nipples
  • Apron-like overhang in the abdominal area
  • Folds and pockets in the thighs
  • Sagging skin in the buttocks region

Candidates for Body Contouring Surgery

Although a consultation at our Virginia practice is the most accurate way to determine if body contouring is suitable for you, there are some general characteristics that most patients have in common. You may be a candidate for body contouring if you:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Have no health conditions that can impair healing
  • Are at a stable weight
  • Have realistic expectations about surgery
  • Do not smoke

Body Contouring Procedures

Since body contouring is designed to treat multiple areas of the body, several cosmetic treatments are performed concurrently with one another during the same procedure. The areas of your body that need correction will ultimately determine which of the following body contouring procedures are performed:

Breast Lift

Removes excess skin and glandular tissue from the breasts while elevating the breasts and nipples to a higher, more attractive position.

Arm Lift

Removes excess skin from the arms and tightens the remaining skin to reveal a slimmer, more toned appearance.

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Removes hanging skin from the stomach area and restores a defined appearance to the abdominal muscles.

Thigh Lift

Reshapes the thighs to a more attractive contour by eliminating sagging and stretched skin.

Butt Lift

Restores fullness and roundness to the buttocks by removing sagging skin and lifting the butt to a higher position.

Results of Body Contouring Surgery

The results of body contouring typically last many years, as long as you maintain a healthy weight and properly take care of your skin.

Highly respected by his colleagues for his extensive experience in body contouring surgery, Dr. Alex Mesbahi prides himself on helping his patients achieve natural-looking results. If you think a body contouring procedure can benefit you, we encourage you to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Mesbahi.