Body Contouring Overview

Body Sculpting Specialists in San Diego

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our dermatologists are experts when it comes to body sculpting procedures. If you have stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away (no matter how much you diet and exercise), then you may be an ideal candidate for body contouring at our San Diego facility.

Our dermatologists offer a wide range of safe and effective body contouring procedures to remove fat without dieting or the need for general anesthesia. Contact us today so our lipoplasty surgeons can help you choose the treatment that’s right for you!

Treatment Options

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While weight loss can only be achieved through diet, exercise, and a healthier lifestyle, fat reduction can be achieved through a number of different procedures. The expert dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego offers non invasive fat reduction procedures. Contact us today to find out what technique would work best for your goals and lifestyle.


CoolSculpting uses an innovative cooling system to eliminate unwanted fat. The targeted system only kills the fat cells, while the skin and surrounding tissue remain unaffected. The CoolSculpting treatment areas are placed between two cooling panels and patients feel a cooling sensation that quickly dissipates.

The entire body contouring treatment session takes between 1-3 hours and patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after the procedure is complete. Results from liposuction alternative CoolSculpting treatment can be seen as soon as three weeks with prime results appearing after two months.

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Ulthera treatments work to lift and tone the skin in order to give a more youthful appearance. Ulthera uses ultrasound waves to penetrate deep into the skin to stimulate new collagen growth. As a result, the treated area skin tightens and lifts. Over time, patients see incredible and natural results. Ulthera treatments can be used on both the face and body in order to enhance the appearance of the skin and promote our skin’s natural collagen production.


ThermiLift™ treatments are one of the newest and most exciting developments in non-surgical contouring and fat modeling. Using targeted radiofrequency energy, the doctors at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are able to tighten sagging skin and reduce excess fat with minimal pain or downtime. For even more effective results, our San Diego dermatologists combine Thermi with liposculpture to perform a comprehensive ThermiSculpture™ treatment! ThermiRF technology is FDA-Approved and is great for patients wanting to find a non-surgical alternative to the traditional facelift or neck lift.


Vanquish is a ground-breaking fat reduction system that uses radio frequency to heat and kill stubborn fat cells. Vanquish treatment heats the fat cells and destroys them without damaging the surrounding skin or tissue. Vanquish body contouring treatments virtually painless and there is minimal downtime. After four Vanquish treatment sessions over the course of four weeks, patients can expect to see 1-3 inches off of their waist and stomach area. Vanquish treatments is best for patients who live a generally healthy lifestyle but are struggling to lose the few inches they desire.


As you age, collagen in your skin begins to break down faster than you can produce it, leaving your skin saggy and wrinkly. One session of a deep-heating Thermage treatment can lift your sagging skin and reduce your wrinkles. It’s the only non-invasive, skin tightening liposuction alternative that can do this after just one treatment. This safe, painless procedure has no downtime, but it can turn back the clock on your aging skin!

Thermage treatments are ideal for tightening your skin, enhancing your tone and texture, and taking years off your appearance by utilizing radiofrequency technology (RF) to heat inner layers of your skin. This stimulates your body’s natural healing properties by triggering collagen growth.


No one likes cellulite. It’s stubborn, hard to avoid, and not easy to banish from your life. What’s worse is that it’s inherited, so if it runs in your family, you’re next. However, there is hope: an FDA-approved device called Cellfina that can reduce your cellulite for as long as a year.

Cellfina goes beyond mere superficial liposuction alternative treatment. In fact, it goes so far as to target the underlying causes of your cellulite problem by severing the tissue responsible for the skin dimpling that cellulite is noted for. Afterward, your skin is smoother, more contoured, and more supple.

There is very little downtime or side effects, if any, are minimal and temporary. Even better is that the procedure is painless – a topical numbing agent applied to your skin beforehand makes sure of this. Finally (and best of all), the results last for up to 12 months. So put on those shorts or that bikini and show off your restored shapeliness and smooth skin!

Kythera Kybella

Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment that non-invasively treats double chins. For patients averse to invasive surgical procedures that reduce or eliminate double chins, such as plastic surgery, the minimally invasive injections of a Kybella session are a welcome breakthrough.

Using deoxycholic acid, the injections break down and then destroy the targeted fat under the chin. The remaining microscopic particles are then naturally eliminated from your body. One session can take as little as five minutes, during which a series of carefully-planned injections are made into your chin.

There is very little downtime and the few side effects that result quickly disappear. Something to keep in mind, however, is that Kybella works great for women and men whose double chin is caused by excess submental fat. If under your chin is simply loose, sagging skin, another type of treatment might be more beneficial, as this liposuction alternative targets only fat.


*Disclaimer: Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego no longer offers Liposonix treatments in favor of the more effective body contouring procedures detailed on this page.

Liposonix uses targeted ultrasound energy to eliminate unwanted fat under the skin. Our San Diego dermatologists are able to use the Liposonix liposuction alternative device to focus on the specific treatment area and shape the body to the patient’s desire. After the one-hour Liposonix treatment session, patients already experience visible results! While not a weight-loss method, Liposonix body contouring treatments are an ideal procedure for patients who want to lose the last few inches off of their waist or love handles.


*Disclaimer: Cosmetic Laser Dermatology no longer offers UltraShape treatments in favor of the more effective body contouring procedures detailed on this page.

For patients who desire to take a few extra inches off of their waistline, we offer the new FDA-Approved UltraShape treatment. UltraShape treatments use pulsed ultrasound technology to destroy fat cells and improve the overall appearance of the abdomen area. San Diego UltraShape body shaping patients can enjoy smooth and long-lasting results with virtually no pain or downtime.

Facial Liposculpture

Facial liposculpture requires the precision of world-class dermatologists, and you won’t find better skin specialists than the ones on staff at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology. As such, we are proud to offer two types of facial techniques that can contour and shape your face precisely and effectively.

Ideal for your face and neck is a procedure called “tumescent liposculpture,” which not only uses tiny cannulas for better precision but also local anesthesia for better safety and faster recovery time. Your face and neck will be more sculpted and smoother – and you’ll look years younger!

We also provide a technique developed in-house that is akin to a facelift but without the surgery. It’s called ThermiSculpt, a combination therapy of tumescent liposculpture and ThermaLift, which tightens loose skin left by the fatty tissue removal from the liposculpture procedure. You get the same benefits as from a facelift, but you don’t get the pain and downtime. It’s a great trade-off that results in a rejuvenated appearance!

Silhouette InstaLift

FDA-approved Silhouette InstaLift is a non-invasive, nonsurgical facelift treatment for jowls and skin laxity around your jawline. This 45-minute procedure instantly lifts your sagging skin and stimulates your body’s production of collagen for smoother, more supple skin. You get the benefits of a facelift without the invasive, painful incisions or lengthy downtime.

One beautiful aspect of Silhouette InstaLift liposuction alternative is that it takes one session to do what two traditional facelift procedures do – tighten your skin and restore volume. Another benefit is that, although you notice results immediately, it continues to improve over time. Side effects are minimal and usually, recede within a few hours or days.

Read more about Silhouette InstaLift.

Body Liposculpture

Fatty deposits in some areas of your body will never be eliminated by simply following a strict diet and exercise routine. That’s where the body-contouring benefits of body liposculpture treatments come in.

The staff at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego are nationally-known experts in liposculpture, also called “Awake Lipo”, and they can apply this expertise to removing fat from your body and contouring your body the way you want without the general anesthesia. Results are permanent, which can fully be seen within a few months of body shaping treatment.

Body liposculpture is ideal for treating love handles, thighs, tummy, butt, hips, arms, necks, breast reduction (in both women and men), and more.

To learn more about body sculpting treatments, please visit


Body Contouring Treatment for Belly Fat
Before and After CoolSculpting to the Abdomen


CoolTone Body Sculpting Procedure Demonstration by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Coolsculpting with Dr. Fabi (4:02)
Non-Invasive Fat Removal & Skin Tightening (1:04)
Dr. Groff Discusses ThermiLift Procedure in San Diego (2:01)
Vanquish Non-Surgical Fat Reduction on the View (2:33)
How Does UltraShape Technology Work? (1:09)
Silhouette Instalift with Dr. Butterwick (:53)
Tumescent Liposculpture (2:15)
Liposculpture for Abdomen (3:00)


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