Here is a quick example on how much a good dodge & burn can do for a image.
Pay extra attention to the bones on the chest etc that is practiacally none-existant on the origianal file, but relly pops out on the finished version. And how slimming the small shadows on the hips and legs are.
No blur / patch on skin here. Only D&B to even out the skin tones. Retaining texture etc perfectly in the skin. And also; denim jeans look awesome with this technique!