Fat Reduction Overview

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Weight loss and healthy living are some of the most common resolutions and goals that people set for themselves. However, even with a healthy diet and lifestyle with regular exercise, some people may still have pockets of fat that just don’t seem to respond to exercise or healthy eating. These pockets of fat are most common on the stomach, love handles, and outer thighs, although they can appear in other areas as well. Unfortunately, many people are genetically predisposed to gain weight in certain areas, and once it’s there it can be extremely difficult to lose.

Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our expert San Diego dermatologists are experienced in all the latest body contouring treatments to help you achieve a better body shape that matches your healthy lifestyle. We offer liposuction for the face and body as well as non-invasive options, such as CoolSculpting and Vanquish. To learn more about these treatments and to schedule your consultation, contact us today!

Treatment Options

Fat Reduction Treatments in San Diego

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our body contouring specialists offer various surgical, non-surgical, and minimally-invasive treatments to reduce pesky areas of fat. While these treatments are not necessarily considered weight loss treatments, their results can eliminate stubborn fat in problematic areas for an improved overall appearance. Some of the fat reduction treatments offered at our San Diego dermatological facility include the following:

Liposuction

Liposuction (also known as liposculpture or “Awake Lipo”) is one of the best and most effective means of contouring the body. Liposuction can achieve a dramatic reduction in fat that isn’t possible with non-invasive options, and when performed by a skilled, experienced dermatologist, it is very safe with minimal downtime and side effects. At CLDerm, we perform tumescent liposculpture with micro-cannulas, which is done under local anesthesia and dramatically reduces recovery time as compared to traditional liposuction done with a large cannula under general anesthesia.

Liposuction will require a longer recovery period than non-invasive methods, but it can achieve the best results after a single procedure. You can expect to see full results from liposuction only after around six months, but you will notice a difference even before that. Liposuction can be performed on the body as well as the chin and neck area.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non-surgical contouring devices. It uses innovative cryolipolysis technology to “freeze” and destroy fat cells, leading to a 20-30% reduction after one treatment. CoolSculpting is FDA cleared, involves no downtime and minimal side effects, and has proved to be extremely effective. We are also proud to announce that we also offer DualSculpting, which is where we use two machines at once to cut treatment time in half!

CoolSculpting is good for multiple areas of the body, including the abdomen, love handles, bra fat, banana roll, thighs, and since 2015, the chin as well! The CoolMini applicator, which is designed to reduce submental chin fat as well as small, hard to treat areas, such as the armpits and knees, was FDA cleared in recent years and is very popular.

CoolTone

Cooltone by CoolSculpting is a great addition to skin tightening or fat reduction treatments. This FDA-approved body sculpting treatment utilizes electromagnetic muscle stimulation to tone, firm, and strengthen muscles. This procedure can define muscles in the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • (Beneficial effects on other areas are presently under investigation)

Kybella

Kybella is an FDA approved injectable treatment for chin fat. Using a series of injections of deoxycholic acid, Kybella targets and destroys submental fat cells, leading to a significant improvement in chin and neck contour. Kybella requires a series of treatments for optimal results, but downtime and side effects are minimal. We recommend having Kybella treatments done over the weekend just in case you experience swelling on your chin. This swelling dissipates fairly quickly, but many people do not want to go to work while swollen!

Vanquish

Vanquish is one of the oldest body contouring technologies available, but it has recently undergone an upgrade to become more powerful than ever. It uses radiofrequency technology to heat and destroy fat cells, leading to a reduction of stubborn fat pockets. Vanquish is cleared for use on the abdomen and thighs, and is a great option for the right candidate.

Vanquish involves no recovery time and minimal side effects. The treatment itself is comfortable, with most patients feeling nothing more than a warm sensation. Results from Vanquish appear gradually over the course of several months.

Photos

Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to trim the midsection by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to reduce the midsection by Leysin Fletcher PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting of the midsection by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting for abdominal sculpting by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after 2 sessions of Kybella injections to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Kybella injections to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Kybella injections to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Kybella injections to treat submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Kybella injections to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Kybella to treat submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after Ultherapy, injectables and micro-liposuction to contour the chin and firm the jawline by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Ultherapy, injectables and micro-liposuction to contour the chin and firm the jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after Ultherapy, micro-liposuction and injectables to firm the lower face and jawline by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Ultherapy, micro-liposuction and injectables to firm the lower face and jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after ThermiTight and micro-lipo to reduce submental fat and contour the chin by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after ThermiTight and micro-lipo for chin contouring by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after ThermiTight and micro-lipo to treat skin laxity and submental fat by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after ThermiTight with micro-lipo to treat submental fat and sagging skin by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and 7 months after liposculpture to sculpt the knees by Dr. Groff . Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to the knees by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after liposuction for abdominal reduction by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture for abdominal reduction by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after CoolSculpting for abdominal reduction by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting for abdominal reduction by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and two months after liposuction of the thighs and buttocks by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction of the thighs and buttocks by Dr. Douglas Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and two months after liposuction of the abdomen and thighs by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction of the abdomen and thighs by Dr. Douglas Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after liposuction to the abdomen, flanks and thighs by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction to the abdomen, flanks and thighs by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the thighs by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After CoolSculpting to the thighs by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting of the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to reduce the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After CoolSculpting of the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting of the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Unretouched photos of patient before and after ThermiTight and micro-lipo to contour the chin by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after micro lipo and ThermiTight to shape the jawline by Dr. Groff
Unretouched photos of patient before and after ThermiTight and micro-lipo to shape the chin and jawline by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after ThermiTight and micro lipo to shape the jaw by Dr. Groff
Unretouched photos of patient before and after ThermiTight and micro-lipo to shape the chin and jawline by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after micro lipo and ThermiTight to the lower face by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of CoolSculpting treatment to sculpt buttocks, flanks and thighs by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to buttocks, flanks and thighs by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment to reduce abdomen with Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to the abdomen by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after liposculpture to sculpt the abdomen by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment to the abdomen by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after Coolsculpting to sculpt the abdomen by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after ThermiTight and MicroLipo for chin contouring by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after ThermiTight and micro lipo for chin contouring by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposuction treatment for butt sculpting by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction to sculpt and shape buttocks by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment for thighs by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to contour the thighs by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to treat submental fat under the chin. Results by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to remove submental fat and shape the chin by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposuction treatment for removal of excess abdominal fat by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction to reduce excess fat in the midsection by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposuction treatment for fat reduction and abdominal contouring by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction to reduce fat and sculpt the abdomen by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment for double chin by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting treatment to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture treatment for abdominal contouring by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture for fat reduction and abdominal sculpting by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture treatment for bra rolls by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to treat bra rolls by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Kybella injections to remove submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Kybella injections to remove submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to reduce submental fat and contour the neck by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to reduce submental fat and contour the neck by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to reduce submental fat and contour the neck by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to remove submental fat and contour the neck by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolLipo treatment to reduce submental fat and contour the chin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolLipo to treat submental fat and contour the chin by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolLipo treatment to reduce submental fat and contour the chin by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolLipo to reduce submental fat and contour the chin by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting for abdominal reduction and sculpting by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting for abdominal reduction and sculpting by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Kybella injections to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Kybella injections to treat submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Kybella injections to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Kybella injections to treat submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Kybella injections to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi. *Disclaimer: Results vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Kybella injections to reduce submental fat under the chin by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposuction to reduce and contour the abdomen by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction to reduce and contour the abdomen by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposuction treatment for abdomen and love handles by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction to reduce and sculpt the abdomen and love handles by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Wu
Actual un-touched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce fat on the lower back by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to reduce fat on the lower back by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce fat in the abdomen and flanks by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to reduce fat in the abdomen and flanks by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to contour the upper arms by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to contour the upper arms by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to contour upper arms by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to contour upper arms by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to contour the upper arms by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to contour the upper arms by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposuction treatment to sculpt the upper arms by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction to sculpt the upper arms by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposuction to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposuction to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce fat in the lower back and flanks by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to reduce fat in the lower back and flanks by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Butterwick

Videos

Coolsculpting Treatment for Fat Removal (1:40)
Dr. Groff Demonstrates CoolSculpting for Thigh Fat Reduction (5:05)
CoolSculpting Treatment on the Inner Thighs (1:39)
DualSculpting for Fat Reduction (2:42)

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