Top Treatments for Body Contouring

 Top Treatments for Body Contouring

Sometimes, despite all of our efforts to eat well, work out, and keep our bodies fit, we find ourselves still dealing with stubborn pockets of fat. If you’ve been hitting the gym and focusing on nutrition and you’re still worried about fat that just won’t budge, you might consider body contouring. Let’s dive into what the most popular body contouring procedures are, how effective they are, and if they might be right for you.

Most Popular Body Contouring Procedures


CoolSculpting has grown increasingly popular over the past several years due to its efficacy rate. CoolSculpting is a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment that works to reduce unwanted fat bulges, specifically in the abdomen and flanks. The FDA has approved the device for long-lasting fat reduction in these areas, and patients working with a knowledgeable and experienced provider will maximize their results with a targeted treatment plan.

Using tissue cooling technology, CoolSculpting treats fat cells by crystallizing them. Once they die, they’re naturally processed and eliminated from the body. CoolSculpting is a wonderful alternative to more invasive procedures like liposuction, and it only takes an hour or less. Plus, there’s no downtime after a CoolSculpting treatment. Results begin to show within 3-4 weeks after treatment, with continued clinical improvement for 3-6 months. There is usually a need for several treatment sessions per area.

CoolMini and Kybella

If your area of concern is specifically the dreaded “double chin” – clinically known as submental fullness – you might consider a treatment tailored specifically to this region. The CoolMini Double Chin treatment is, like the larger CoolSculpting device, an FDA-cleared applicator designed to freeze and destroy small areas of unwanted fat around the chin and neck specifically. In just one to two treatments with limited to no discomfort following, the CoolMini is an excellent option for quick, effective, and permanent eradication of the double chin.

Kybella is another non-surgical option to decrease submental fullness. This treatment doesn’t use a device but rather an injectable with the active ingredient of synthetic deoxycholic acid. The process only takes about 15 to 20 minutes, with multiple treatments spaced roughly one month apart. Since Kybella is an injectable, it may involve some minor side effects afterward, typically in the form of light bruising or swelling around the treated area. However, these diminish over the days and weeks following treatment, and the fat reduction results are permanent.


If it’s not the stubborn fat beneath your chin you’re concerned about but rather the “tire” effect around your belly, then EMSculpt might be the right treatment for you. EMSculpt is the world’s first and only non-invasive procedure to simultaneously build muscle, burn unwanted fat, and sculpt the abs and buttocks.

The procedure uses high intensity focused electro-magnetic (HIFEM) technology to induce supramaximal muscle contractions not achievable through exercise. With no downtime, results like a 19% reduction in fat and 16% increase in muscle mass, and results showing as early as 2-6 weeks after treatment, EMSculpt is another great body contouring option.

Contact the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

If you’re located in the greater Washington, D.C. area and want to try any of these safe, effective, and popular body contouring treatments, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We can assess your situation, make the right recommendation for you, and put together a tailored treatment plan for your needs.

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