Which Body Contouring Treatment Should I Choose?

Body contouring is also called noninvasive or nonsurgical body contouring or fat reduction. It refers to a procedure that helps you improve your figure without surgery. There are numerous benefits to body contouring over surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction.

Some of these benefits include lower cost, no recovery time, and minimal side effects. 

At Los Gatos Dermatology, our board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, Bruce Saal, MD, can help you sort through the different body contouring treatments so you can figure out the best one to help you achieve your goals. 

What you need to know about body contouring

Body contouring treatments are not for weight loss. In fact, the ideal candidate for these types of treatments is someone who is close to their ideal weight. But body contouring can help motivate you to lose weight.

Body contouring treatments reduce fat pockets in hard-to-address places and shrink fat lumps or rolls that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Since no surgery is involved, you can get a treatment on your lunch hour and return to work or other daily activities. There is no down or recovery time. 

Most of our patients need two to four treatments, depending on their body goals, for maximum effectiveness. Fortunately, the fat reduction is permanent, but you should maintain a healthy lifestyle so new fat pockets don’t develop.

Body contouring treatment options

Fortunately, if you’re ready to finally get rid of that stomach pooch or those love handles, there are many options. Dr. Saal can help you choose the most effective method to shape and improve your figure.

All body contouring treatments target unwanted fat areas, but each one does it with different techniques. Here’s a rundown on some of the most effective treatments.

WarmSculpting™ with SculpSure®

At Los Gatos Dermatology, we offer the most advanced laser technology, WarmSculpting with SculpSure. This procedure uses laser technology to heat up and destroy up to 24% of the fat cells in a treated area. Body areas frequently treated with this laser technology include the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. 


This FDA-approved device uses radiofrequency (RF) energy and ultrasound energy for fat reduction and tissue tightening anywhere on your body. The RF energy works with the ultrasound energy to heat the fat cells while boosting collagen production. 

The main benefit of Exilis, which we can use on your face as well as your body, is that it reduces fat while tightening lax skin.   


Vanquish™ also uses radiofrequency (RF) heat to target and destroy unwanted fat cells. Primarily used on the abdomen and thighs, Vanquish's benefit is that it can treat large areas in one session, making it ideal for abdominal fat. 

If you’re ready to get rid of unwanted body fat, call us at Los Gatos Dermatology in Los Gatos, California, to schedule a consultation.

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