Look Skinnier for the Holidays

As a cosmetic dermatologist, most patients come to me with two concerns: visible signs of aging and stubborn fat. Luckily for all of us, the array of non-surgical options available for treating both of these aesthetic issues has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. To me, the advances in non-invasive body contouring are most exciting, and there are more effective ways than ever to eliminate stubborn fat that has been resistant to diet and exercise—and these are my four favorites.

1. UltraShape Power

UltraShape changed the fat-melting game, thanks to its proven results over a series of painless treatments. Harnessing the power of ultrasound energy to permanently destroy fat cells, this treatment works well for the abdomen, flanks, thighs and beyond. Just a few months ago, a new-and-improved version called UltraShape Power received FDA approval. Twenty percent more powerful than its predecessor, UltraShape Power has been found to reduce fat by up to 32 percent. I’m very impressed with the results that I’ve seen in my patients—and they are, too!

2. Liposonix

Another ultrasound-based body-contouring treatment, Liposonix delivers visible fat reduction in just one session. Although Liposonix can be a bit uncomfortable, it’s a great option for those who can’t commit to a series of treatments. It can also be combined with UltraShape Power for even more dramatic bulge-busting results.

3. VelaShape

Ideal for smoothing the appearance of cellulite and tightening loose skin, VelaShape is great on its own, and an even better complement to UltraShape Power or Liposonix. This treatment uses a combination of suction and heat to boost the skin’s natural collagen production, which, in turn, improves the skin’s tautness as it removes ripples and other unsightly irregularities.

4. Kybella

Kybella is a game-changer because it is the first injectable fat-melting treatment. Approved for improving the appearance of stubborn fat in hard-to-reach areas like the fat under the chin, Kybella offers dramatic, permanent results over a series of three or so treatments. The number of sessions that may be required depends on the size of the area to be treated.

What Kinds of Results to Expect

It’s important to know that the results of all of these treatments become visible after a month or more, so they’re not going to have you in your skinny jeans by the weekend. But with that said, a majority of patients say that the wait is well worth it because these treatments are able to eliminate fat that diet and exercise has not. Most patients report losing at least one size in six weeks! Of course, combining these treatments with diet and exercise results in more significant and faster results.

The most effective combination of treatments depends on your individual areas of stubborn fat. UltraShape Power, Liposonix, VelaShape and Kybella are all wonderful tools that I use to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient. Bra fat can be gone within six weeks, and muffin tops can be a thing of the past! You can even stop worrying about a double chin in your selfies! These treatments are the ideal way to refine your physique quickly, and the visible results also help to motivate you to get on track with a healthy lifestyle.

To see a YouTube video in which I am interviewed about this topic click here.

The Bottom Line

Are these treatments replacements for diet and exercise? No. But they will help you attain your body-shape goals faster and put you on the path to getting your best body ever. Visit Baumann Cosmetic on Facebook and check out our Facebook Live videos that demonstrate these procedures, or read more at


Dr. Leslie Baumann, M.D. and her team at Baumann Cosmetic Dermatology believe in proof, not promises. World-recognized for both cosmetic and general dermatology, our treatment strategies rely exclusively on evidence-based, scientifically verified products and procedures that promote skin health and a natural appearance. We combine effective medical procedures with individualized instruction on proper skincare, nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle in order to maximize the health of the skin and body as a whole while minimizing the effects of aging. For more, visit Dr. Baumann’s blog for daily updates Monday through Friday, or inquire about an appointment through

October 17, 2016 Beauty