The healthy diet and the gym are, of course, two essentials for achieving a desired body shape, but where diet and exercise are not effective, there are cosmetic procedures available from the dermatologist that can help you achieve the body you deserve.

Chin and jowls, for instance, do not respond well to exercise, but unwanted fat can be removed with a small, safe outpatient procedure called Micro-liposuction.

For body contouring in areas where exercise and diet aren’t enough, quick and safe procedures like the CoolSculpt and Vanquish can effectively aid in getting rid of stubborn fat located in the stomach, love-handles or flanks, and inner thighs.

Conversely, where fat has dissipated and you’d like it back, for instance in the nasolabial folds in the face, a quick office procedure where the doctor injects a facial filler like Restylane can instantly improve overall appearance.  A one-on-one consultation with a dermatologist and a nutritionist can help you determine what treatment(s) or therapies for body recontouring would most benefit you.

There are several non-invasive options for excess fat removal, including:

Low level laser therapy: Low level laser therapy emits cold laser energy into body tissues that are absorbed by fat cells, which are broken down and absorbed into the body. The procedure has been approved by the FDA.

Ultrasound: Ultrasound uses high-intensity, focused sound waves to disrupt fat calls, causing them to dissolve gradually over time. Ultrasound therapy for excess fat removal has been approved by the FDA.

Radiofrequency: Radiofrequency delivers controlled energy to excess fat areas, creating heat deep within fat cells and subsequently destroying them. Radiofrequency therapy for excess fat removal has not yet been approved by the FDA but is regularly used for body contouring in dermatology.