Body Contouring: Cosmetic Surgery – Asheville, North Carolina

At Halvorson Plastic Surgery, our experienced team is committed to helping you feel whole, positive, and confident in your physical appearance. From tummy tucks and liposuction to arm and thigh lifts, our body contouring procedures can help you achieve your unique body goals, boost your self-image, and lead a better quality of life.

If you’re interested in pursuing body contouring surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Halvorson will work with you to review your surgical options and develop a personalized treatment plan that best fulfills your aesthetic goals.


Abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck,” is often reported as one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. This operation addresses excess skin by tightening and flattening the abdomen, although we can also remove additional fat with liposuction in Asheville, NC.

Abdominoplasty can significantly improve body contour at the expense of a scar hidden in the bikini line and around the umbilicus. Variations include the mini-abdominoplasty — which addresses only lower abdominal excess skin — and the extended abdominoplasty — which addresses significant excess skin using an inverted “T” incision.

We often perform tummy tucks in Asheville with breast augmentation and/or mastopexy after the effects of child-bearing have settled. Your anatomy, goals, and preferences will determine which cosmetic surgery is best for you.


Research suggests that liposuction is the most common minimally invasive cosmetic surgery for patients between the ages of 35 and 64 in the United States. This surgical procedure uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks.

While liposuction can offer significant benefits to appropriately selected patients, aggressive liposuction can lead to complications and, therefore, works best when performed conservatively.

There are many types of liposuction that use various technologies, eg “VASER liposuction,” that have very little data to support their use and are usually promoted as a marketing tool. Because so many non-plastic surgeons offer liposuction, choosing a double board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure is important to reduce the risk of complications.


Brachioplasty can remove excess skin and fat on the upper arm, with or without liposuction. Although this requires placing a scar on the inner part of the upper arm, it is usually well-tolerated and fairly well-hidden.

Brachioplasty is often performed after weight loss, in conjunction with other body contouring procedures.


A thigh lift can remove excess skin and fat on the thigh, with or without liposuction. Scar placement depends on the location of the removed tissue, although it is most commonly placed on the upper inner thigh, where it is relatively well hidden.

A thigh lift is often performed after weight loss, in conjunction with other body contouring procedures.

Plastic Surgery in Asheville, NC with Dr. Halvorson

Based on his training at Duke and Brown, years of experience, and academic practice at UNC and Harvard, Dr. Halvorson believes in an evidence-based and patient-centered approach to plastic surgery. Our practice is structured to allow Dr. Halvorson to spend one-on-one time with patients to understand their perspectives and formulate a plan that meets their aesthetic preferences for their bodies.

Our team performs most of our procedures at the Plastic Surgery Center of Asheville — the oldest and largest plastic surgery center in Western North Carolina. We have two AAAASF-accredited operating rooms staffed with experienced professionals dedicated to your safety and comfort — including an on-site board-certified MD anesthesiologist.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your cosmetic body contouring in Asheville, NC.