Body Refinement Specialist

Linda  Li, MD, FACS -  - Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Linda Li, MD, FACS

Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

Aging, pregnancy, and weight loss all affect the way your body looks. Diet and exercise can’t always give you the sleek, toned physique you desire. At her practice in Beverly Hills, California, Linda Li, MD, FACS, uses body refinement procedures to shape and enhance the appearance of your abdomen, thighs, arms, and so much more. For a consultation to see how body refinement procedures can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, call the Los Angeles area office, or click the online booking button today.

Body Refinement Q&A


Who is a good candidate for body refinement?

Dr. Li determines if you’re a good candidate for a specific body refinement procedure during your consultation. You may be considered a good fit if:

  • You are at a stable weight
  • You’re dissatisfied with how your body looks despite living a healthy lifestyle
  • You’re in good overall health
  • You have realistic expectations

Dr. Li also wants to make sure you’re interested in body refinement for you and not to please someone else. Those who choose to undergo plastic surgery for their own personal aesthetic goals tend to have better overall outcomes.

The best candidates for liposuction, specifically, should have good elasticity in their skin so the tissue conforms to new contours. If you have notable laxity, the team may recommend additional skin-tightening procedures to help you get the results you want.

At your consultation, Dr. Li discusses your goals, expectations, and medical history. You also receive complete information about the body refinement procedures available during your consultation, including what you can expect before, during, and after specific procedures.

What are the types of body refinement procedures?

Your body and aesthetic goals are unique to you, and no procedure is like another. Dr. Li works closely with you to design a surgical plan that best meets your needs and goals. Two of the basic body refinement types include:

Tummy tuck

The tummy tuck addresses your entire abdominal area and includes removal of excess skin, tightening, and repositioning of your abdominal muscles. Dr. Li often performs liposuction to enhance your waistline as well.


Thigh lift

Massive weight loss results in a new trim figure, but often the skin overlying the thighs is saggy. A thigh lift trims off the excess skin, tightening and lifting the legs.


This popular procedure allows for the selective removal of undesirable fat. Suction lipectomy (liposuction) may be applied to virtually any part of the body, thus allowing a new person to be sculpted from the old. Dr. Li vacuums fat from unwanted areas using tiny incisions and a small tube. 


Arm Lift / Brachioplasty

Massive weight loss or aging can result in loose skin in the upper arm. No amount of exercise can tighten that skin. The only solution is to remove the excess skin to tighten the arm sleeve. 

What should I expect during recovery from body refinement procedures? 

Recovery after a body refinement procedure depends on your health, your body, and the type of surgery, but expect to take at least two weeks off work during your recovery for most procedures. 

Dr. Li also provides you with activity and lifting restrictions, which may alter the time frame for your return to work. 

Liposuction may require less downtime. After liposuction, you may have some swelling, bruising, and tenderness in treated areas. 

Pain medication helps alleviate discomfort as you heal. It’s recommended you don’t engage in any strenuous activity, lifting, or bending until after you’ve been cleared at a follow-up appointment.

Every person heals differently, so listen to your body and Dr. Li’s instructions when it comes to returning to normal activity levels.

Diet and exercise aren’t always effective at giving you a toned physique. To see what body refine procedures are right for you, call the office of Linda Li, MD, or use the online booking feature to schedule your consultation.