Body Contouring

What is body contouring?

The goal of body contouring is a sculpted physique. Body contouring procedures can remove localized pockets of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.  Some technologies can treat lax and loose skin to improve a patient’s aesthetics along with removal of stubborn fat; or using a combination of noninvasive procedures. Dr. Sheila Farhang is a double fellowship trained cosmetic surgeon with the tools and expertise to define, refine and recontour your body to restore symmetry, enhance proportions and create a more pleasing silhouette.

Body contouring for men and women

Dr. Farhang has noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures to help men and women alike to achieve their aesthetic goals.  Male body sculpting patients often seek to recontour the glutes, love handles, and six packs, and to create or restore a V shaped physique. Men also seek to strengthen and enhance the jawline. Women seek to reduce their abdomen and flanks, shrink their waist, remove muffin tops, eliminate fatty knees, smooth bra and back fat and treat a double chin.

Body contouring procedures

The gold standard body contouring procedure is liposuction. However, you can achieve body contouring goals with popular alternatives to surgical body contouring. Noninvasive modalities using cold, heat, lasers, electromagnetics, radiofrequency and high-intensity ultrasound are popular alternatives because of their efficacy, safety profile, minimal recovery times and lower costs.

With noninvasive procedures the results are not immediate, but the wait is well worth the effort and there is no or little downtime and minor discomfort. With minimally invasive procedures there may be minimal downtime, but positive outcomes appear earlier. Some procedures can treat fatty deposits, and some treat fatty deposits and tighten the skin.

Noninvasive fat removal with cold or heat, dissolves fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise on the thighs, upper arms, stomach and flanks. Noninvasive body contouring is generally intended for relatively fit individuals with isolated areas of fat. These are not weight loss procedures.

  • SculpSure uses laser generated heat that treats trouble areas and requires one treatment for visible results within 6-12 weeks.
  • Vanquish uses with magnetic waves to destroy fat cells. Vanquish is nonsurgical body contouring and skin tightening. No incisions, no anesthesia and no downtime.
  • TruSculpt iD uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fat cells. Each treatment provides about a 25% reduction in fat.

Skin tightening treatments

Loose skin is commonly found under the chin, where jowls form; above the knee, and in the upper arms.  It is the result of skin laxity due to deterioration of collagen and elastin as well as age.

Thermage and Ultherapy use radiofrequency energy and Exilis uses ultrasound energy to tighten skin and rebuild collagen and slightly reduce fat in the arms, thighs, buttocks, abdomen and stretch marks, to recontour these body parts.


Liposuction is the ultimate fat removal procedure. Body contouring may mean liposuction on only one specific area or a larger area. Your six pack can be sculpted, and your flanks smoothed. Liposuction is minimally invasive, produces only small scars with fast recovery and low risk. Results are permanent.

Noninvasive body sculpting is popular for a reason. You can enhance and improve your appearance with safe and effective body contouring to restore a youthful figure. Minimally invasive liposuction can sculpt new proportions with little downtime and great results.

Contact Dr. Farhang at Avant Dermatology and Aesthetics in Tucson, AZ to schedule a consultation and learn about what can be achieved with an aesthetics expert.