Body Contouring Treatments at the West Institute

Dr. Tina West, Board-Certified Dermatologist and founder of The West Institute in Chevy Chase, MD, specializes in body contouring treatments custom-tailored to your aesthetic goals and needs. Read on to learn more about the treatments offered at our Body Contouring Center.


Liposuction is a safe surgical procedure that permanently diminishes subcutaneous fat. Created for problem areas resistant to exercise and dieting, liposuction targets localized deposits of fat to create a leaner appearance. Liposuction at the West Institute is performed using local anesthesia in a technique known as “tumescent liposuction.” Developed by dermatologists, the tumescent liposuction technique has been proven safer than liposuction performed using general anesthesia. Dr. West was trained in this technique by experts in the field and has been performing tumescent liposuction since 1998.

Avéli™ Cellulite Treatment


Avéli™ is the only cellulite treatment that directly targets and releases the septae responsible for cellulite dimples, ensuring real-time verification of the treatment success. This innovative procedure is performed in a single office visit and offers a quick and efficient solution to cellulite concerns with lasting results.


Emsella uses high intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to generate a series of supramaximal muscle contractions in the pelvic floor muscles. These contractions are more powerful than the voluntary muscular contractions that occur during exercise and do not allow for a relaxation period. During Emsella, these contractions strengthen the pelvic floor and retrain those muscles to help relieve both stress and urge incontinence.


Emsculpt is a body contouring treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate muscles and simultaneously reduce subcutaneous fat without surgery, incisions, or downtime. It is the first and only non-invasive device that builds muscle and melts fat by building up the weak muscles underneath the fat. In addition, Emsculpt provides a non-surgical butt lift and improvement of abdominal separation (diastasis recti). The West Institute was the first practice in Montgomery County to offer Emsculpt. They were also the first to add FDA-approved applicators that build muscles in the arms and legs, including the calves.

CoolSculpting Elite™

Coolsculpting® is a revolutionary non-surgical permanent fat reduction technology that gently and effectively reduces or eliminates areas of unwanted fat. The results are similar to those of liposuction but without the surgery. At the West Institute, we have all of the most advanced, updated CoolSculpting body applicators, and the most up-to-date device (CoolSculpting Elite) that allows us to complete each treatment cycle in just 35 minutes! Compared to the traditional model, CoolSculpting Elite is faster, quieter, more comfortable, and freezes more fat in less time.

Hand Rejuvenation

Radiesse® is FDA-approved to replace volume loss on the hands. It is an injectable calcium-based dermal filler that can also be used to smooth and firm crepey skin (fine wrinkling) on the chest, arms, the area above the knees, and any other area that has lost elasticity. It works immediately upon injection, volumizing the treated area and additionally, as time goes on, the gel microspheres stimulate your naturally occurring collagen, leaving you with long-lasting natural results.

LightSheer DUET Laser Hair Removal

The West Institute’s Laser Hair Removal treatment utilizes High Speed LightSheer DUET, a state-of-the-art diode laser, which produces a large beam of highly concentrated light. The light emitted is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicles. LightSheer is also the first painless hair removal laser that requires no numbing cream. At the West Institute, we ensure the fastest and most painless option is available to our patients. Our device, with its large spot size, allows the process to treat numerous hair follicles simultaneously, making the treatment much faster than traditional laser hair removal alternatives.

Ready To See How Our Body Contouring Treatments Will Benefit You?

To learn how body contouring treatments can help create long-lasting results you’ll love, call Dr. West at The West Institute for Skin, Laser + Body Contouring at 301-986-9378 or fill out our online form today. We are located in Chevy Chase, MD, and proudly serve Bethesda, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and other nearby areas.

I went to Dr. West because she was one of only a couple of doctors in the area that performed Cellulaze to remove cellulite. I had my thighs and buttocks done. They look great! This was life-changing for me as I had severe cellulite and felt disfigured. It is such huge improvement, it really has changed how I feel about myself.