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Surgical and Non-Surgical Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring refers to the various cosmetic procedures designed to reshape different body areas to achieve a slimmer, firmer, more toned look and feel. Body contouring procedures can remove or tighten loose skin, eliminate excess fat, and sculpt or contour the treatment area. In the past, plastic surgery was the only effective cosmetic treatment option for body sculpting and reshaping. Cosmetic surgery can be costly, require significant downtime, and has many potential risks and side effects. Luckily, technology for non-surgical body contouring procedures and techniques has dramatically improved. Dr. Green’s NYC dermatology office offers innovative, non-surgical body sculpting cosmetic procedures that deliver consistently stunning results without downtime.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to care for our bodies, including regular exercise and a well-balanced diet. However, these practices aren’t always enough to achieve our ideal body shape. Body contouring procedures target stubborn fat deposits, loose skin, and cellulite that don’t respond to other weight loss and muscle-building methods. Body contouring procedures are not meant for weight loss or to treat obesity but rather to address excess skin following significant weight loss or stubborn fat deposits in specific body areas where other weight loss methods have not been effective. Today, non-surgical body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting, Thermage, Kybella, and Velashape are more popular than ever before. Body contouring has grown to be nearly a one-billion-dollar industry, with millions of patients worldwide choosing to benefit from state-of-the-art non-surgical body contouring technologies.

To guarantee that your body contouring treatment provides you with the best cosmetic results and is safe and effective, it is essential to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable professional. Dr. Michele Green is an internationally recognized expert in cosmetic dermatology, including non-invasive body contouring treatments. Consistently identified as one of New York’s best physicians by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors, Dr. Green has helped some of the most discerning men and women from around the globe achieve their ideal body contouring and rejuvenation results. Dr. Green has over 25 years of experience customizing the treatment plans of her patients to incorporate the non-invasive cosmetic procedures best suited to every individual’s unique skin concerns and aesthetic goals.

What is body contouring?

Body contouring refers to the various cosmetic procedures designed to reshape different body areas to achieve a slimmer, firmer, more toned look and feel. Body contouring procedures can remove or tighten loose skin, eliminate excess fat, and sculpt the treatment area. Body contouring procedures are not meant for weight loss or to treat obesity. Body sculpting addresses excess skin following significant weight loss or stubborn fat deposits in specific body areas where other weight loss methods, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, have not been effective. Body contouring procedures can not replace lifestyle routines such as regular exercise and healthy eating habits. Though weight fluctuation can occur before or after treatment, it’s recommended that ideal candidates are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight before engaging in body contouring treatment. Some of the most common body contouring treatment areas include the abdomen, chin (submental area), upper arms, outer and inner thighs, buttocks, hips, and flanks (love handles). Surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures are available for body sculpting, each with different amounts of downtime, costs, and potential side effects.

Popular surgical body contouring procedures include liposuction, lower body lifts, tummy tucks, breast lifts, and arm lifts. These are considered cosmetic surgeries and should be performed exclusively by a board-certified plastic surgeon. In the past, plastic surgery was the only safe and effective body contouring treatment option available. However, technology for non-surgical body contouring procedures and techniques has improved recently, paving the way for innovative, non-invasive treatment options that deliver consistently stunning results without requiring extensive recovery time.

Today, there are many non-invasive body contouring procedures that dermatologists, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, perform. Body contouring procedures now encompass more treatment options than surgery, as many effective non-surgical alternatives often offer similar results to invasive procedures. Some non-invasive body contouring procedures include Coolsculpting, Kybella, Thermage, Velashape, and non-surgical Brazilian Butt Lifts with dermal filler injections.

What is non-surgical body contouring?

Many non-surgical body contouring procedures exist for patients who are hesitant about “going under the knife” and wish to avoid cosmetic surgery to achieve their ideal body sculpting results. Non-surgical body contouring procedures rely on technology such as heat, cold temperature, radiofrequency energy, massage, laser, or injectable treatment to improve the appearance of body shape and skin tissue. Non-surgical body contouring can target stubborn fat deposits, loose skin, and cellulite. Thanks to non-surgical body contouring treatment options, patients can enjoy natural-looking, long-lasting body sculpting results without extensive downtime.

There are many benefits of non-surgical fat reduction as opposed to surgical procedures. Patients often hesitate to opt for surgery for several reasons, including the fact that any surgical procedure requires significant recovery time and a higher probability of complications or side effects. To eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, CoolSculpting, which works by freezing fat cells, and Kybella, an injectable treatment that dissolves fat cells, are two non-surgical procedures Dr. Green may use for fat reduction. The natural aging process can increase skin laxity over time, but there are non-surgical options for tightening the skin, such as Thermage laser treatment, which provides excellent results. The appearance of cellulite on the body can also be addressed without surgery using Velashape radiofrequency lipolysis. Non-surgical options offer wellness and stunning results without the risks associated with a surgical procedure and require no downtime. Additionally, the results of Kybella and CoolSculpting are permanent.

What is body contouring surgery?

Body contouring surgery involves the removal of excess fat and loose skin through invasive surgical procedures. Sometimes, non-invasive cosmetic procedures are not enough to treat the severity of the present skin concerns, and plastic surgery is the only way to achieve satisfactory results. These surgical procedures include liposuction, a “mommy makeover,” a lower body lift, a breast lift, abdominoplasty, a thigh lift, an arm lift, breast augmentation, and other cosmetic surgeries designed to remove stubborn fat deposits and excess skin.

When considering plastic or reconstructive surgery, it is always best to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to minimize the amount of associated risk. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, some potential risks and side effects associated with cosmetic surgery include skin infection, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, internal bleeding, perforation to internal organs, and complications associated with general anesthesia. Body contouring results from surgical procedures are typically immediately visible; however, more downtime is often associated, and a return to one’s regular daily routines can be very gradual. Full recovery from cosmetic surgery for body contouring can be anywhere from a few weeks to a year, depending on the procedure. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in NYC, she will refer you to a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation if you are not deemed a good candidate for non-surgical body contouring.

Does body contouring work?

Yes! Body contouring procedures are highly effective for reducing stubborn fat deposits, eliminating the appearance of cellulite, tightening loose skin, and generally providing patients with the body shape and contour they desire. Surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures are available for body contouring. When determining whether surgical or non-surgical procedures are best for you, it is essential to consider your specific needs and aesthetic goals. Surgical options will provide more dramatic and immediate results, but there is a greater risk of side effects and much more downtime required following the procedure. On the other hand, non-surgical options require no downtime and natural-looking results that will usually become more visible over time.

Non-invasive body contouring has become incredibly popular because of its high success rates without the need for invasive surgery or recovery time. In addition, body contouring techniques like CoolSculpting and Kybella offer permanent results, which is why so many more patients are choosing non-invasive body contouring procedures over traditional surgical procedures. Non-invasive body contouring is highly successful, requires no recovery time, and can often be more cost-effective than surgical procedures. When your non-surgical body contouring treatments are performed by an experienced board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green, they can be excellent alternatives to cosmetic surgery.

How does body contouring work?

There is an array of body contouring procedures that can all be performed without surgery or downtime. These procedures include Coolsculpting®, which targets the fat cells in the treated area, or treatments such as Thermage FLX® and Velashape, which uses radiofrequency technology to contour and tighten the skin, and injections of Kybella to decrease fat cells permanently. The field is growing, and with technological improvement, non-surgical body contouring includes more than fat-reduction treatments. Treatments have expanded to address cellulite, sagging skin, and skin rejuvenation in many body areas.

Is body contouring permanent?

Surgical body contouring procedures can provide permanent results when patients adhere to healthy lifestyle practices following their treatment. Non-surgical body contouring procedures can provide long-lasting to permanent effects, depending on the cosmetic procedure. The results are permanent from non-surgical fat reduction procedures like Kybella and CoolSculptings. Although these non-surgical body contouring treatments can permanently destroy excess fat cells or cellulite dimples, it is essential to note that these treatments cannot prevent new fat cells or new cellulite areas from forming. Patients should continue to adhere to their healthy lifestyle routines following their body contouring procedure to maintain the best cosmetic results. However, any fat cells or cellulite dimples that these procedures have effectively treated will be eliminated forever. Non-surgical skin tightening treatments like Velashape and Thermage produce long-lasting results, with most patients engaging in regular maintenance treatment sessions to maintain the best appearance.

How long does body contouring last?

The longevity of your body contouring results ultimately depends on the type of body contouring procedures you’ve undergone and the healthy lifestyle habits you maintain afterward. Body contouring procedures deliver long-lasting to permanent cosmetic results, though the exact duration of those results varies. For example, results from fat reduction treatments such as Kybella and CoolSculpting are permanent, as these treatments eliminate fat cells from the body. In contrast, skin-tightening laser treatments such as Thermage FLX last for a shorter period. Thermage FLX has results lasting up to two years with proper skin care. Additionally, dermal filler treatments like Sculptra are long-lasting cosmetic treatments with results that can last up to two years. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to develop a customized body contouring treatment plan and a timeline for your treatment sessions that keeps you looking and feeling your best.

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Before & After photo: CoolSculpting, 10 months

Who is a good candidate for non-surgical body contouring?

A good candidate for body contouring treatment is a healthy individual within 10-30 pounds of their ideal weight. If you experience significant weight loss or gain, non-invasive body contouring may not be the best solution to meet your needs. A perfect patient for non-surgical fat removal should be in generally good health and have a localized fat area that does not respond to diet and exercise. For skin-tightening body contouring treatments, ideal candidates are in good health with mild skin laxity. To understand if you are a good candidate for a body contouring procedure, it is best to consult with an expert like Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green has over two and a half decades of experience providing the best non-invasive cosmetic treatment options available to her patients from around the globe, including non-surgical body contouring treatments. Dr. Green will work with you individually to determine which unique combination of treatments best suits your cosmetic goals.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure performed under regional, local, or general anesthesia. Depending on the amount of excess fat and the areas of the body being treated, most patients prefer the comfort of general anesthesia. The process of liposuction involves making a small incision into the skin and inserting a cannula to remove fat through a process of negative pressure. Some plastic surgeons use the tumescent technique of liposuction, which reduces some of the complications associated with liposuction. Compression garments are worn for two weeks after surgery, and bruising is an expected side effect of the procedure. The final results are visible six to 12 months after liposuction. Liposuction can be combined with other surgical procedures, such as facelifts and tummy tucks, to achieve desired cosmetic results. Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment since no long-term weight loss is associated with liposuction. While the suctioned fat cells are permanently gone, one of the problems with liposuction is that after several months, the fat can get redistributed to other areas of the body, and the overall body fat generally returns to the same level as before liposuction.

What is laser liposuction?

Laser liposuction is a recent development in the world of surgical body contouring. During this procedure, a laser is used to liquefy fat cells before the liposuction procedure takes place. The theory behind this approach is that it allows fat cells to be more effectively vacuumed out of the body while also helping to encourage more elastin and collagen development in the skin. However, laser use may increase the patient’s risk of burns and other unwanted side effects.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that relies on cryolipolysis to eliminate stubborn fat cells from the targeted area permanently. Cryolipolysis entails the application of intense cold temperatures to an area of the body with a stubborn fat deposit. Various CoolSculpting applicators in different shapes and sizes allow for precise treatment of fat deposits in other body areas and a contoured result. The applicator is positioned over the treatment area, and a light suction gently pulls the area into the applicator as it freezes the fat cells. The fat cells in the treated area crystalize and are then broken down by the body and eliminated through the lymphatic system as waste. Since fat cells freeze at a higher temperature than other tissue, the surrounding cells are unharmed. After one session, CoolSculpting has demonstrated eliminating up to 25% of fat cells in the treatment area. Results from a CoolSculpting session are not immediate, as the body gradually eliminates fat cells over about six months. A second session, if recommended, is typically performed four to twelve weeks after the initial procedure and can result in up to a 40% reduction of unwanted fat cells in the treatment area.

This non-invasive treatment is FDA-approved to treat nine different areas on the body, such as the submental area (under the chin), bra fat, upper arms, abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, “banana roll” under the buttocks, and the fat above the knees. The office of Dr. Michele Green carries the latest CoolSculptingapplicators, including the CoolMini, CoolFit, CoolCurve, CoolSmooth, CoolCore, and CoolAdvantage Plus. Depending on the size and shape of the area, more than one applicator may be needed during one session.

CoolSculpting is an exciting treatment option as it requires no downtime, shows improved results for several weeks post-treatment, and has permanent fat reduction results. You should not undergo CoolSculpting if you have cold agglutinin disease, cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. CoolSculpting is not recommended in a treatment area if there is a history of hernias, recent surgery, or scar tissue.

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Before & After: Male Patient with CoolSculpting treatment

Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

A good candidate for CoolSculpting non-surgical fat reduction treatment is an adult at or near their ideal weight and struggling with pockets of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Candidates should also have good physical and mental health and realistic expectations about their results. CoolSculpting is not designed for weight loss. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she will physically assess the treatment area to determine whether you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting treatment. If you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting, you will be fitted for the CoolSculpting applicators that will provide optimal body contouring results.

What is Kybella?

Kybella is a cosmetic injectable composed of synthetic deoxycholic acid. It is currently the only FDA-approved injection that can be used to reduce excess fat from the chin area, effectively eliminating a double chin. Deoxycholic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and is found in the gut, where it works to break down dietary fat. It can disturb adipocyte cell membranes, which ultimately destroys the fat cells in the treatment area into which it is injected. Similarly to CoolSculpting, the fat cells destroyed by Kybella injections are metabolized naturally by the body and permanently eliminated. Kybella is injected into the submental area, and the fat that causes your  “double chin” is dissolved. The result is a chiseled jawline with no more “double chin.” An expert injector, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC, can also use Kybella to diminish stubborn pockets of excess fat in the knees, abdomen, and bra fat area.

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What is Thermage?

Thermage is an FDA-approved skin tightening treatment that utilizes radio-frequency energy to stimulate collagen formation in the treatment area, resulting in tighter, smoother, firmer skin and an enhanced contour for an overall more youthful appearance. The latest version of the non-surgical procedure for skin-tightening, Thermage FLX®, is approved to treat many body areas, including the face, neck, upper arms, buttocks, under eyes, hands, knees, and thighs. Thermage targets the collagen-rich dermis and the fiber septae in the subcutaneous adipose tissue layer by bulk-heating and uniformly distributing heat energy to denature and then remodeling collagen. The result is an immediate collagen contraction from the heat and a progressive collagen remodeling from the body’s natural immune response to the controlled trauma the heat from Thermage FLX® creates. Zero downtime is involved, meaning patients can immediately resume their usual daily activities once the procedure is complete. The results can take up to six weeks to become observable, with collagen continuing to generate for up to six months after treatment. The cosmetic results remain for up to two years, with most patients engaging in annual treatment sessions to maintain the best effects.

Who is a good candidate for Thermage?

The best candidates for Thermage are those in good general physical and mental health and who have noticed or would like to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, cellulite, and loose skin. As a non-invasive treatment, Thermage is also ideal for patients with realistic expectations about their achievable cosmetic results and who prefer subtle improvement rather than the more dramatic results typically seen with cosmetic surgery. Thermage treatment for skin rejuvenation can be performed on all skin types and patients of all ages. Thermage radiofrequency can achieve skin tightening without plastic surgery or any recovery time.

What is VelaShape radiofrequency body contouring?

VelaShape III® is a non-invasive body contouring treatment. The treatment combines multiple technologies used to reduce cellulite and circumferential reduction. VelaShape technology includes mechanical massage, radiofrequency, infrared light, and vacuum suction. The infrared light and bipolar radiofrequency energy warm the dermal and underlying tissues, which causes the fat cells to metabolize and break up. The body then naturally eliminates the fat cells and other toxins. The mechanical massage component gently massages the skin, increasing circulation and leading to lymphatic drainage, thereby removing toxins and fat cells from the treated area. The vacuum suction smooths out cellulite by manipulating the fibrous bands in the epidermis, which reduces the appearance of dimpling in the skin (cellulite).

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are those within 30% of their ideal weight with excess fat deposits that do not respond to diet or exercise. Individuals should be healthy with no underlying life-threatening conditions or medical issues that would impair recovery. Additionally, individuals should not be engaged in smoking or vaping activities, as nicotine can increase the risk of surgical complications and delayed healing.

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6 months Before and After Coolsculpting & Thermage for arms

What is an arm lift?

Arm lift surgery, also called brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and loose skin under the arms. Some patients call this extra skin “bat wings” due to the excess skin’s saggy appearance. As you age, the skin in the arms gets crepey and loose. Excessive weight loss makes this condition worse with sagging, excess skin. An arm lift surgery extends from the axillae (armpit) to the elbow by removing the extra sagging skin. There will be considerable surgical scars as a result of this surgical procedure: this surgical procedure requires general anesthesia, several hours of surgery, and weeks of downtime.

What is a breast lift?

Breast augmentation is a type of breast surgery that provides volume, relying on breast implants (silicone or otherwise) for adding breast volume. In a breast lift, or mastopexy, the breast tissue is tightened, and the nipple and areola are placed in a higher anatomical position. A breast lift will not cause volume or weight loss, although many patients lose a cup size due to tightening loose skin that naturally reduces the size. This surgical procedure typically takes one to two hours to complete. A breast lift is considered a major plastic surgery, and the downtime for a breast lift is approximately six weeks.

What is a lower body lift?

A lower body lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and pockets of stubborn fat from the buttocks, waist, groin, and outer thighs. This is a standard surgical procedure performed on patients who have undergone significant weight loss. Other candidates for a lower body lift may have excess skin and fat due to genetics or aging. Most patients need to avoid or limit usual activities for at least six weeks after a lower body lift, and it can take up to one year for the scars to heal from this surgical procedure.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal area to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. As we age, the body stops producing collagen and elastin and loses skin elasticity. Significant weight loss or pregnancy can also cause excessive skin laxity and extra skin. Compounding this problem, in pregnancy, many patient’s abdominal walls get separated, called diastasis, which makes the walls weakened and unable to be toned. An abdominoplasty would be the best treatment for patients whose abdominal muscles have separated, with loose, sagging skin. However, waiting for this surgery would be prudent if you consider another pregnancy.

What is an inner thigh lift?

An inner thigh lift, also known as a thighplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves removing loose, excess skin and stubborn fat deposits from the inner thighs. Most patients with an inner thigh lift choose to do so after significant weight loss. Major weight loss in the thighs can lead to dramatically loose skin, chafing, and irritation. Reshaping the inner thighs with a thighplasty can enhance contour, tone, and comfort. It is essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon regarding whether you are a good candidate for an inner thigh lift. Thighplasty is performed with general anesthesia to ensure maximum comfort for the patient during the procedure. Incisions are made near the groin and, depending on the type of thighplasty, may extend down toward your knee, around the hip and back, or down the back of the thigh. This cosmetic surgery typically takes around two hours to complete unless performed in conjunction with other body contouring surgeries like a butt lift or lower body lift. Usually, patients are instructed to remain at home and rest for two weeks after an inner thigh lift. Compression stockings should be worn for six weeks. The final results should be observable approximately six months after your surgery.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift is a cosmetic procedure to enhance the buttocks. There are surgical ways to perform a BBL, with liposuction and fat transfer to the buttocks. However, the more popular treatment option is the non-surgical body contouring BBL through Sculptra injections. Liquid Sculptra, a dermal filler, is injected into the buttocks every four weeks for at least 3 to 4 sessions to give you an enhanced buttock, a look that has become so popular since the Kardashians embraced it.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a general term referring to the surgical procedures performed on the intestines or stomach for weight loss. There are four distinct types of weight loss surgery: gastric bypass, gastric band, duodenal switch, and sleeve gastrectomy. In addition to being the most successful long-term treatment for class III obesity, bariatric surgery can help regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, and metabolism. Bariatric surgery is typically reserved for patients with obesity who have struggled to lose weight via other methods. Many patients struggling with weight loss undergo bariatric surgery to kickstart their body contouring journey.

Is non-surgical body contouring safe?

Non-invasive body contouring procedures are safe and effective treatment options for body shaping when performed by a board-certified expert like Dr. Michele Green in New York. Procedures such as CoolSculpting, Kybella, Thermage, Velashape III, and BBL are all FDA-approved body contouring techniques that can vastly improve a patient’s body shape. Patients should never have their body contouring treatment with an inexperienced or unqualified provider since the treatment results are long-lasting, and the technology used for these procedures can cause damage to the body if they are misused. It is best to consult a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in NYC to avoid unwanted side effects.

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Is body contouring surgery safe?

A board-certified plastic surgeon should always perform body contouring surgery to guarantee safety, efficacy, and ideal aesthetic results. It is important to consult with the plastic surgeon beforehand to ensure you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. During your consultation, the plastic surgeon will inquire about your medical history and review any previous procedures you may have had. After a body contouring surgery, it is important to adhere to the aftercare protocol provided to you by your surgeon.

How long does body contouring take?

Depending on the type of body contouring procedure being performed, the treatment could take anywhere between 15 minutes and several hours to complete. Non-surgical body contouring procedures take less time to complete than surgical procedures. However, multiple treatment sessions may be required when undergoing non-surgical procedures. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to create a customized plan for body contouring. At that time, you will be informed of how long your body contouring procedure is estimated to take.

Does insurance cover body contouring?

Weight loss surgery is usually covered by insurance as it may be deemed medically necessary to treat obesity and improve other aspects of health. Obesity is often associated with other chronic conditions, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and high blood sugar. Cosmetic body contouring surgeries and non-surgical body contouring procedures typically are not covered by insurance. The best way to determine what body contouring procedures are covered is by contacting your individual insurance provider.

How much does body contouring cost?

The total cost of body contouring can vary greatly depending on whether you are undergoing a surgical or non-surgical procedure, the size and scope of the treatment area, the geographic location of the office in which you are treated, and the experience level of your provider. Plastic surgery is more costly than non-surgical body contouring treatments, although non-surgical procedures require multiple treatment sessions over time. Although it may be more inexpensive to have non-surgical body contouring procedures in a medical spa setting, the likelihood of not achieving the desired results and the risk of experiencing unwanted side effects is higher when you seek treatment from someone other than a board-certified dermatologist. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to develop a personalized body contouring treatment plan that will best address your particular concerns and achieve your ideal cosmetic goals. The cost of your body contouring treatment can be determined at that time.

What is a body contouring specialist?

A body contouring specialist can be defined as a professional who works directly with a patient to satisfy their body sculpting needs. Many online certifications are available that make it seem simple to become a body contouring specialist, and, as such, patients should be sure to check the qualifications of their medical professional before seeking body contouring treatment from them. Even non-surgical procedures require high precision to achieve optimal results. Therefore, it is important to seek body sculpting from a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green, who has over two and a half decades of experience in cosmetic dermatology and non-surgical body contouring.

Who can perform body contouring?

A board-certified medical professional can safely and effectively perform body contouring procedures. Body contouring surgery should only be performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Regarding non-surgical body contouring procedures, it is always recommended to consult a board-certified dermatologist to obtain the best results. Dr. Green is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience and an expert in cosmetic non-invasive body contouring techniques. Her patients’ safety and satisfaction are her top priority, and she is consistently identified as one of New York’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine for her dedication to her patients and expertise. When you work with Dr. Green, you can rest assured that your body contouring experience will be catered to your needs and aesthetic goals, leaving you looking and feeling like the best version of yourself.

Do you need a license for body contouring?

Non-invasive, FDA-approved body contouring procedures require a board-certified, licensed medical professional in most cases. Dr. Green’s office has been certified by CoolSculpting, meaning she and her staff have received advanced training to perform these non-surgical fat reduction procedures. Dr. Green was also one of the first dermatologists in NYC to incorporate non-surgical body contouring procedures such as Thermage FLX, CoolSculping, and Kybella into her private NYC Upper East Side dermatology office. Surgical body contouring procedures require a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon. To ensure your safety, as well as the best results, it is imperative that you work with a board-certified medical expert like Dr. Michele Green.

What is red light body contouring? Does red light body contouring work?

Red light body contouring is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes LED light to tone and slim body areas such as the hips, waist, upper arms, and thighs. Exposure to red LED light is thought to target fat cells just below the surface, penetrating the cell membrane to allow for fat to leak out; this fat is then excreted through waste or burned off as energy. By effectively reducing stubborn fat cells, red light therapy sculpts and reshapes the treatment area for a slimmer, more contoured appearance.

What is photonic body contouring?

Photonic body contouring is a non-invasive procedure that shrinks fat cells using laser light. The light used during this treatment stimulates the mitochondria, a cellular component, of fat cells toPhotonic body contouring is a non-invasive procedure that shrinks fat cells using laser light. The light used during this treatment stimulates the mitochondria, a cellular component of fat cells, to open cell wall pores and release fatty acids, glycerol, triglycerides, and water out of the cell. The empty fat cell then shrinks and collapses on itself. The wavelength used does not harm any surrounding cells or capillaries.

What is EON body contouring?

EON is a unique non-surgical body contouring treatment that is automated and relies on radio frequency energy to heat and destroy subcutaneous fat cells. The innovative laser technology maps the targeted area of each patient’s customized treatment. It uses a wavelength of 1064 nm to target fat cells while not causing harm to other tissues in the body. The dead fat cells are then excreted through the lymphatic system. This treatment is safe and effective for reducing fat, tightening skin, and improving the appearance of cellulite in various areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. During Eon, the device does not come into contact with the body.

What is micro body contouring?

For patients looking for a minimally invasive body sculpting procedure to address small pockets of fat, micro-body sculpting, a form of liposuction, can be a good option. The system can use a combination of treatments to remove pockets of fat, including ultrasound treatment, laser treatment, Kybella injections, and liposuction. The therapy still involves a small incision, wherein a cannula is inserted to remove the fat cells from the treatment area. With the smaller scale of the surgery, recovery time is generally shorter than the traditional liposuction treatment.

What is Evolve body contouring?

Evolve is a non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses radiofrequency, vacuum technology, and electric stimulation for body sculpting to reduce fat cells, tighten loose skin, and tone muscle. The Trim mode combines radiofrequency and vacuum suction to heat and destroy adipose cells to reduce fat. The Tite mode firms the skin by using radiofrequency heat to stimulate collagen production. The tone mode stimulates muscles with electricity to contract continuously, improving muscle strength. Treatment typically takes between 20 minutes to one hour. You can resume your daily activities right away after completing Evolve. Most patients need between three to eight treatments to obtain ideal results. Evolve can be used on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks, and arms.

What is Emsculpt body contouring?

Emsculpt is an FDA-approved, non-invasive body sculpting treatment designed specifically for people who want to build additional muscle mass and tone in areas of the body, such as abdominal muscles and buttocks. Emsculpt uses electromagnetic energy to cause powerful muscle contractions in the treatment area. This, in turn, stimulates the body’s muscles, adding tone to the muscle tissue. Emsculpt induces supramaximal muscle contractions within the body to improve style, which works in a superior way to voluntary contractions, such as exercise techniques employed at the gym. This non-invasive body contouring approach works well for people with a relatively low Body Mass Index (BMI). It can also benefit other individuals looking for additional fat reduction in the abdomen or buttocks. Treatment typically consists of four sessions of thirty minutes, generally scheduled two to three days apart.

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What is Sculpsure?

SculpSure is an FDA hyperthermic laser for fat removal. SculpSure removes stubborn fat using heat to break up the fat cells, which are later metabolized by the body. The laser heat energy is delivered to the targeted treatment areas and is approved to treat submental fat, the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, and flanks. Sculpsure is not designed for weight loss. One of the benefits of SculpSure, as a non-surgical procedure, is that the average treatment takes 25 minutes with no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities. SculpSure has been shown to reduce excess fat by up to 24% in a treatment area within twelve weeks. Multiple treatment sessions may be necessary for the desired fat reduction results.

What is a body contouring massage?

A body-contouring massage is typically used to target the appearance of cellulite, particularly on the buttocks and inner thighs. The idea behind a body contouring massage is that the strategic movements used when performing it will improve the body’s lymphatic drainage system, breaking down different toxins and cellulite to improve the appearance of the skin tissue and body shape. The effects of a massage such as this are only temporary, and results can vary. Some non-invasive body contouring procedures have been FDA-approved and proven to work against concerns such as cellulite, excess fat cells, and loose skin, delivering consistently stunning, long-lasting results. Working with a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green in NYC is the best way to understand which combination of non-surgical body contouring treatments would be best suited to your needs.

What is the best body contouring procedure?

When it comes to finding the best body contouring procedure, there is no one “best” option. Several FDA-cleared procedures are available, each proven to achieve remarkable results, and each individual benefits from a customized treatment plan to determine the best outcome. A consultation with a board-certified dermatologist certified and trained in non-surgical body contouring techniques is the best way to learn which non-surgical body contouring treatment is right for you and for targeting the specific concerns you want to address.

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Does body contouring hurt?

In general, non-invasive body contouring techniques are pain-free. Injectable treatments like Kybella and dermal fillers are typically administered after a topical numbing cream is applied to prevent patient discomfort. CoolSculpting and Thermage treatments can cause a slight numbing or heating sensation along the skin that can feel slightly uncomfortable initially but typically mitigates after the first few minutes of a treatment session. One of the best reasons to engage with non-invasive body contouring procedures is the fact that these techniques are painless with minimal to no recovery time.

Is body contouring dangerous?

Surgical body contouring procedures can be dangerous if you are not an appropriate candidate for the treatment or if an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon does not perform the cosmetic surgery. Non-surgical body contouring can result in poor cosmetic outcomes or unwanted side effects if an expert, such as board-certified dermatologist Dr. Muchele Green, does not perform the cosmetic procedures.

Is body contouring worth it?

Yes! For patients frustrated by stubborn fat deposits, loose skin, cellulite, or other concerns related to their body’s shape, body contouring treatment with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is worth it. Patients can enjoy long-lasting to permanent results without the need for significant downtime, thanks to the wide range of body contouring procedures that are now available. Body contouring refers to the various surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures for reshaping almost any body area. In the past, plastic surgery was the only answer to these issues. Now, with the advances in technology, we can use non-invasive procedures to reduce the size of body areas, lessen skin laxity, and diminish the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. When it comes to achieving the body of your dreams, where diet and exercise can fail to provide your desired results, non-invasive body contouring can be the answer. Non-invasive body contouring or body sculpting can help restore your body shape. These non-surgical procedures can be performed without any recovery time. In Dr. Michele Green’s NYC, many treatment options can help you achieve better body proportions and improve your figure, and it is always worth it to look and feel your best.

What is the process for non-surgical body contouring treatment?

The first step in non-surgical body contouring is consulting with board-certified body sculpting expert Dr. Green in New York City. When you consult with Dr. Green for non-surgical body contouring, you will have the opportunity to discuss with her in-depth your specific concerns and your personal aesthetic goals. Dr. Green will review your medical history, including previous surgeries and hospitalizations, and complete a review of your current medications, including any alcohol or cigarette use. By investigating your health history, assessing your current body shape, and understanding your individual wants and needs, Dr. Green can determine which body contouring procedures will be best for you.

The second part of the consultation is a physical exam to determine the areas of the body to be treated and the particular concerns to be addressed, whether it be excess fat, loose skin, or issues with overall skin quality. Your current weight will be recorded, and photographs of the treatment area will be taken for your private medical record. These steps allow Dr. Green to track the progress of your body contouring results during later follow-up visits. Depending on your skin type, the type and severity of your body sculpting concerns, and the areas of the body being treated, Dr. Green will work with you to create your body contouring treatment plan and an ideal timeline for your cosmetic procedures. The cost of your body contouring treatment can be determined at this time. If you are not a good candidate for non-surgical body contouring, Dr. Green will refer you to a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon for a cosmetic surgery consultation.

Non-surgical body contouring procedures can be scheduled at your convenience, as there is no downtime is required for any of the non-surgical body contouring procedures offered at Dr. Green’s private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood. The body sculpting results tend to be observable within several months, and, in some cases, multiple treatment sessions are required for the best cosmetic body contouring results. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine is important to continue the positive results of your non-surgical body contouring procedures.

How to get started with body contouring today

Despite our best efforts to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, including engaging in regular exercise and maintaining a well-balanced diet, achieving our ideal body shape can be difficult. Stubborn pockets of excess fat, loose skin, and cellulite can be especially challenging skin concerns to improve without professional help. Plastic surgery, while it can be effective for body sculpting, can be costly, often requires significant downtime, and is associated with many potential risks and side effects. Luckily, non-surgical body contouring treatments like Thermage, Kybella, CoolSculpting, and VelaShape can diminish problem areas’ appearance without significant downtime or discomfort. It is important to consult with an expert in non-invasive body contouring procedures, such as Dr. Green in NYC, to guarantee the best cosmetic results and ensure your treatment is safe and effective.

Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience providing some of the most discerning individuals with their ideal body contouring results. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach to customizing each patient’s treatment plan, selecting the procedures that are best suited to their particular concerns and overall aesthetic goals. She is consistently identified as one of New York City’s best dermatologists for her dedication to her patients and expertise. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood, she will work with you to create a body contouring treatment plan that leaves you looking and feeling like the best version of yourself. To start non-surgical body contouring and schedule a consultation with Dr. Green today, contact us online or call the NYC office at 212-535-3088.

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