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Washington, D.C. Plastic Surgeon Explains: Best Body Contouring Treatments for African Americans

Body contouring treatments are versatile procedures that can help patients enhance the shape of their body and improve their appearance. Although African Americans share many cosmetic desires with other races, there are a few cultural differences that may change the specific treatment goals of a patient. Many of our patients choose targeted body contouring treatments to help them achieve curvy, shapelier figures instead of treating all areas of the body.Washington, D.C. Plastic Surgeon Explains: Best Body Contouring Treatments for African Americans, Dr Banks, Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery



As one of the most versatile cosmetic procedures around, liposuction has many uses for body contouring. Liposuction can target stubborn pockets of fat, removing them from the body to produce a more sculpted appearance. Patients often use this treatment to address the midsection and accentuate the curves of the hips and breasts. We also offer laser liposuction with SmartLipo as an advanced liposuction technique.

Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift, often called a BBL, is a buttocks augmentation technique that uses unwanted fat from other areas of the body to increase the size and lift of the butt. Patients often choose to harvest fat from their legs, stomach or flanks, slimming these areas while enhancing the buttocks. Once collected, the fat is injected into the buttocks for a natural look and feel.

Tummy Tuck

If you are concerned with the stomach area, you may want to consider a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. During this procedure, we remove excess fat from the stomach and tighten the abdominal muscles to create a firmer, smoother appearance. A mini tummy tuck produces more subtle results, but also requires smaller incisions and results in a shorter recovery period.


VelaShape® is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that can eliminate stubborn fat without the surgery and recovery often associated with other procedures. As such, it is one of the most popular body contouring procedures among all of our patients. VelaShape® melts fat cells by delivering radiofrequency energy to the desired areas of the body. These cells are then flushed from the body over time, producing a more contoured appearance.

Where Can I Try These Body Contouring Treatments?

If you are located in Columbia, Washington, D.C., or the surrounding areas of Maryland, contact us today to learn more about our body contouring services or schedule a consultation. Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery is led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks, who specializes in a range of plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques.