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Dr. Zachary Willis, Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon in St. Louis, MO

What Is body cosmetic surgery?

Both men and women suffer from stubborn fat or saggy skin that just won’t go away. Pregnancies, weight gain, and weight loss can leave a woman’s stomach stretched, scarred, loose, and saggy. Many men also suffer from unwanted fat or skin around the stomach, waist, and love handles.

Luckily, Willis Cosmetic Surgery offers a wide variety of cosmetic body surgery options to help you achieve a smooth, tight, and toned body shape, and regain your lost confidence.

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Mommy Makeover

Bringing life into the world is a beautiful thing, but unfortunately, it takes a heavy toll on a mom’s body. A lucky few can bounce back to their pre-pregnancy body, but many are left with drastic physical changes that can’t be reversed with diet and exercise alone. Pregnancy can make normally confident women feel embarrassed and self-conscious about their bodies. 

Some of the issues women face are stretch marks, fat deposits, weakening of abdominal muscles, stretched-out abdominal muscles, deflated breasts, and saggy skin. All of these can affect how a woman feels about herself.

A mommy makeover is done using a combination of procedures, like a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, and body sculpting. These procedures are extremely effective for restoring shape and tightness to a mom’s body, helping to restore lost confidence.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a surgery that tightens and reshapes the abdominal area. This creates a slimmer midsection, a more youthful-looking appearance, and dramatically improves the way clothing fits, which helps you feel more confident.

Tummy tucks are an incredibly popular procedure for both men and women, especially for bodies that are dramatically affected by pregnancy or weight loss.


Many people have fat deposits that won’t go away, no matter how much diet and exercise they do. Liposuction surgery is an extremely effective solution for that problem, immediately removing unwanted fat and improving your body’s appearance. Liposuction sculpts your body into your desired shape by removing pockets of stubborn fat from the buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms, and neck. 

Liposuction is extremely safe and often combined with other procedures to achieve the desired appearance. Many people don’t realize that any fat removed by liposuction will actually not grow back. But it is still important to maintain a stable weight to help your new look last. If you gain a lot of weight after the procedure, your body will store excess fat in other locations, and any existing fat cells in the liposuctioned area can grow larger as well.

Willis Cosmetic Surgery also offers BodyTite, which might be a better body contouring option for you depending on your situation. BodyTite is less invasive, and also tightens any loose skin after the fat is removed.

Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Men can develop enlarged breasts because of genetics, medications, hormones, and other reasons. You might be surprised to know that up to 50% of men in the US will experience enlarged breasts in their lifetime.

Enlarged male breasts are also called gynecomastia, and can be treated effectively with a male breast reduction. This reduction is done through cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat and tissue, creating a flatter, firmer, more masculine shape to the chest. Men can experience enlarged breasts at any age, and the reduction procedure can be performed safely on teenagers and adults alike.

Male breast reduction or gynecomastia repair might be a good option for you if:

  • You are reluctant to remove your shirt in public
  • You want to improve your overall body proportions
  • You experience psychological discomfort from having enlarged breasts
  • You want to increase your social confidence

Arm Lift

Weight loss and natural aging can cause loose skin to create a “batwing” appearance under the arm. By removing excess skin and sometimes combining liposuction, an arm lift can dramatically tighten and improve the appearance of your arms.

An arm lift could be a good option for you if:

  • You’re at a healthy weight but still have loose underarm skin
  • You have lost a lot of weight and have excess underarm skin
  • You exercise but still can’t improve the loose skin under your arms
  • You might be ok with a scar if you can achieve tighter arms

Thigh Lift

Over time, thighs can become flabby because of gravity, surgeries, fluctuations in weight, and loss of skin elasticity. Skin naturally loses its elasticity as we age because of a loss in collagen. Whatever the cause of saggy or flabby thighs, it can frequently cause women to feel self-conscious. It doesn’t help that diet and exercise often don’t help with these problem areas.

A thigh lift is a great way to tighten up excessive loose skin in the inner or outer thigh. In some cases, liposuction alone would create too much loose skin in the thigh, so a thigh lift would be a better option.

Getting a thigh lift could be an excellent option if:

  • Diet & exercise have helped you lose weight, but you’re still unhappy with the appearance of your thighs
  • You have excess skin that’s sagging naturally, or following pregnancy and weight loss
  • You now have loose skin hanging around your thighs after losing a significant amount of weight
  • You have always had excess skin even though you are in very good shape

Body Lift

Because of natural aging or significant weight loss, your skin loses elasticity and the midsection loses its firmness. This can understandably cause people to lose confidence and become self-conscious. 

A body lift is an effective way to reshape any sagging body contours. This cosmetic procedure removes loose skin and fat deposits, creating a firmer and more attractive shape. 

Body lifts can be performed on a variety of problem areas in the lower torso and upper legs, including:

  • Abdomen (tummy tuck)
  • Waist
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Buttocks (Brazilian butt lift)
  • Hips 


Meet Dr.zachary willis

Double Board Certified Cosmetic & General Surgeon in St. Louis, MO

Dr. Zachary Willis is a double board-certified surgeon in both cosmetic and general surgery. Additionally, he’s a leading expert in liposuction and skin tightening. After a general surgery residency in St. Louis, MO, he furthered his education and completed a full body cosmetic surgery fellowship. During this fellowship Dr. Willis perfected his techniques for breast augmentations, abdominoplasties, liposuction, minimally invasive facial surgery, and many other procedures.

Dr. Willis is a well-known authority and physician trainer for minimally invasive body contouring procedures, namely BodyTite and FaceTite. These procedures combine liposuction and skin tightening and deliver results only previously achieved through more excisional surgical procedures. Dr. Willis performs BodyTite and FaceTite in the office under local anesthesia. 

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