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One of the best ways we can take care of our bodies is through a healthy lifestyle, making sure we engage in regular exercise and maintain healthy eating habits. However, when it comes to our body shape, healthy lifestyle routines aren’t always enough. Though certain changes in behavior like dieting or increasing muscle tone can help, often times stubborn fat deposits can remain, making us feel as though our bodies don’t represent our best selves.

Body contouring treatments are safe and effective techniques that patients can rely on to help improve their body shape by removing excess fat and helping to firm and smooth the skin. Today, Body contouring procedures are at an all-time high in terms of popularity, thanks to highly effective non-surgical body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting, Thermage, Kybella, QWO, and Velashape.  By 2022, body contouring is predicted to be a 1 billion dollar industry, with millions of patients around the world benefitting from state of the art body contouring technologies.

If you’re frustrated by stubborn fat deposits, sagging skin, or unwanted changes in body shape, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green was one of the first cosmetic dermatologists in NYC to incorporate CoolSculpting, QWO, and Kybella to her private boutique New York City practice. With over 25 years of cosmetic dermatology experience, Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best dermatologists in NYC by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine.  As a leading expert in cosmetic non-invasive treatments, Dr. Green will bring you the best cosmetic results with no downtime.

What is Body Contouring?

Body contouring refers to a set of procedures which can remove excess skin or fat from any part of the body such as the abdomen, chin, arms, thighs, flanks, etc. Body contouring procedures are used to remove excess area of stubborn fat or sagging skin, which cannot be reduced through diet and exercise.

Body contouring procedures can be surgical or non-surgical. Surgical options include liposuction, a lower body lift, breast augmentation, or other invasive procedures to remove fat deposits. These procedures are considered cosmetic surgery and should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. In recent years, Body contouring procedures and techniques have improved, paving the way for innovative non-invasive procedures.

In the past, body contouring procedures were classified as plastic surgery, and performed solely by plastic surgeons to tighten the skin after massive weight loss, most often seen in bariatric surgery patients. Today, there are many more non-invasive  body contouring procedures which are performed by dermatologists. A body contouring procedure means much more now than surgery, as there are so many effective non-surgical alternatives that often offer similar results to that of invasive procedures. Non-invasive body contouring procedures include Coolsculpting, Kybella, Thermage, Sculpsure, Velashape, and Brazilian Butt Lifts, among others.

It’s important to note that body contouring procedures should not be a substitute for weight loss or for healthy eating habits. Though weight fluctuation can occur before or after treatment, it’s recommended that patients are within 30 pounds of their ideal weight before engaging in body contouring treatment.

Who is a good candidate for body contouring?

A good candidate for body contouring is a patient who is within 10-30 pounds of their ideal weight.  If you struggle with vast weight fluctuation, non-invasive body contouring may not be the best solution to meet your needs. An ideal patient for body contouring should be in generally good heath and have a localized area of fat which is not responding to diet and exercise. It is best to consult with an expert like Dr. Michele Green to see if you are a good candidate for body contouring in her NYC office. 

How does body contouring work?

When you meet with Dr. Green, she will listen to your concerns and evaluate your aesthetic goals. She will review your medical history including previous surgeries and hospitalizations, as well as complete a review of your current medications including any alcohol, vaping, or cigarette use. By investigating your health history, current body shape, and your individual wants and needs, Dr. Green will be able to quickly determine to which body contouring procedures may be right for you.

The second part of the consultation is a physical exam to determine the degree of fat that you would like decreased along with your skin quality. Weight and measurements are taken, followed by photographs which are for your private medical records.  These photographs can be examined later during your follow-up visit to help assess the cosmetic results from your body contouring procedure. At the end of the consultation, Dr. Green will help you determine which body contouring procedures may be right for you.

For any non-invasive body contouring procedure, there is no downtime required and patients tend to see results continue to improve over the course of several weeks. In some cases, multiple treatment sessions are required to reach a patient’s desired results.

Body Contouring Treatments NYC

There are an array of body contouring procedures which 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®, which uses radiofrequency technology to contour and tighten the skin. The field is growing and, with the improvement in technology over the years, non-surgical body contouring includes more than fat reduction treatments. Treatments have expanded to address cellulite, sagging skin, and skin rejuvenation of many areas of the body, including the vagina.

Benefits of non-surgical fat reduction

  • No downtime is required
  • Non-surgical
  • Little or no side effects or down time
  • Long lasting results

Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring includes different procedures and techniques to help reshape and rejuvenate almost any part of the body. In the past, plastic surgery was the only answer to these issues. Now, with the advance in technology we can use non-invasive procedures to reduce 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 often fail to provide your desired results, body contouring can be the answer.  Body contouring surgery or body sculpting can help tighten loose skin and reshape your body, improving or restoring your body shape. Many procedures can be performed without any recovery time.  In NYC, there are many treatment options that can help you achieve better body proportions and improve your figure.

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Before & After photo: CoolSculpting, 10 months

Non-surgical fat reduction treatments and body sculpting treatments available

There are a wide variety of non-surgical fat reduction and body sculpting treatments that Dr. Green offers to her patients. When considering which treatment to choose, Dr. Green will carefully assess the treatment area, as well as your individual needs and goals, to recommend the best possible treatments available. Each of the non-invasive body contouring treatments that Dr. Green relies on require zero downtime, and many offer not only incredible, but also permanent results.

Cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting®)

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring treatment which uses a process known as cryoliposis to freeze fat cells in the treated area. 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.

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, outer and inner thighs, “banana roll” under the buttocks, and the fat above the knees. CoolSculpting is an exciting treatment option as it requires no downtime, continues to show improved results for several weeks post-treatment, and has permanent fat reduction results.

Injectable Deoxycholic Acid (Kybella®) or Injection Lipolysis

Deoxycholic acid is currently the only FDA approved injection which can be used to reduce excess fat from the chin area, effectively eliminating a double chin. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the body and is found in the gut. It can disturb cell membranes in adipocytes destroying the fat cells. Similarly to CoolSculpting, eliminated fat cells from Kybella are metabolized naturally by the body and are permanently destroyed. Kybella is injected into the submental area and the fat which causes your  “double chin” is dissolved. The result is a chiseled jawline with no more “double chin”.

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Before & After: Male Patient with Kybella treatment

Thermage FLX®

Thermage FLX® is a noninvasive FDA approved face and body skin tightening treatment that utilizes radio-frequency energy to stimulate collagen formation to tighten, smooth, and contour the skin to create an overall younger appearance. Thermage FLX® is approved to treat most body parts including the face, neck, upper arms, buttocks, under eyes, hands, knees and thighs. Thermage FLX® targets the collagen-rich dermis as well as the fiber septae in the subcutaneous adipose tissue layer by bulk-heating and uniformly distributing heat energy to denature and then remodel collagen.  The result is an immediate collagen contraction from the heat, as well as a progressive collagen remodeling from the body’s natural immune response to the controlled trauma that the heat from Thermage FLX® creates.

QWO™ Cellulite Treatment

QWO™ Cellulite treatment is an innovative injectable treatment that can reduce the appearance of cellulite–and eliminate cellulite altogether. QWO™, also known as collagenase clostridium histolytic-aaes, helps to target the primary biological factors of cellulite in order to rejuvenate the skin and eliminate unwanted dimples from the surface of the skin. It was approved by the FDA in July 2020 for treatment on the upper thigh and buttocks.

Though the cause of cellulite is unknown, there are three primary biological factors behind it: fat cells, skin laxity, and thickened fibrous septa. By targeting one of the main biological factors involved in cellulite, thickened fibrous bands, QWO™ is able to smooth dimpled skin and help to contour the body in as few as 3 treatment sessions, each spaced one month apart. It’s the first non-invasive injectable treatment for cellulite of its kind, and Dr. Green is thrilled to offer this new treatment to her patients. Learn more about QWO™ Cellulite Treatment.

VelaShape III® or Radiofrequency Lipolysis 

VelaShape III® is a non-invasive body contouring treatment. The treatment is a combination of multiple technologies used to achieve reduction in 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 which leads to lymphatic drainage, thereby eliminating toxins and fat cells from the treated area. The vacuum suction smooths out cellulite by manipulating the fibrous bands in the epidermis, which results in a reduction in the appearance of dimpling in the skin (cellulite).

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

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.

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How much is Body Contouring/Body Sculpting in NYC?

The cost of body contouring depends on the size of the area being treated and which produce is right for you.  The price for Coolsculpting ranges from $750 to $1,500, depending on the size of the applicator, the number of applicators required, and the number of sites needing treatment. There may be specials for CoolSculpting periodically and it is best to inquire at the time of your appointment After your consultation with Dr. Michele Green in her private NYC office, she will go over the best treatment plan tailored for your specific goal, as well as the costs involved.

What is the best body contouring procedure?

When it comes to finding the best body contouring procedure, there is no one “best” option. There are several FDA cleared procedures 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 or plastic surgeon who is certified and trained on non-surgical body contouring techniques is the best way to learn which non-surgical body contouring treatment is right for you.

Does Non-invasive Body Contouring Work?

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, Kybella, and QWO all offer permanent results, which is why so many more patients are choosing non-invasive procedures over traditional surgical options. Non-invasive body contouring is highly successful, requires no recovery time, and can often be a more cost-effective than surgical procedures.

How long does body contouring last?

The answer to how long body contouring lasts varies depending on which procedure is being done. For example, results from fat reduction treatments such as Kybella and CoolSculpting are permanent, as these treatments eliminate fat cells from the body, whereas treatments such as Thermage FLX tend to last for a shorter period of time. Thermage FLX has results that last for 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.

Is Body Contouring Permanent?

When it comes to Kybella, CoolSculpting, and QWO treatments, results of any fat reduction or cellulite reduction is permanent. Though it’s important to note that these treatments cannot prevent new fat cells or new cellulite from forming, any fat cells or cellulite dimples directly treated by these procedures will be eliminated forever.

Is Body Contouring Safe?

Non-invasive body contouring procedures are safe and effective procedures when offered by a board-certified medical professional. Procedures such as CoolSculpting, Kybella, Thermage, QWO, Velashape III, and BBL are all FDA-approved body contouring techniques that can vastly improve a patient’s body shape.

Does body contouring hurt?

In general, non-invasive body contouring techniques are painfree. Injectable treatments like Kybella, QWO, and dermal fillers are typically administered after a topical numbing cream has been applied to prevent any patient discomfort. CoolSculpting and Thermage treatments can cause slight numbing or heating sensation along the skin that can feel slightly uncomfortable at first, 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 or no recovery time.

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Who can perform Body Contouring?

Body contouring can be safely administered by a board-certified medical professional. Dr. Green is an expert in cosmetic non-invasive body contouring techniques, and the safety and satisfaction of her patients is her top priority. When you work with Dr. Green, you can rest assured that your treatment experience will be the best available.

Can aestheticians do body contouring?

As non-invasive body contouring techniques require medical expertise and specialized training, aestheticians are typically unqualified to oversee or administer body contouring procedures. Oftentimes, medical spas will offer body contouring techniques, but these procedures are highly specialized, and engaging with aestheticians or non-medical professionals for treatments like CoolSculpting or injectables can often lead to unwanted side effects. It is best to consult an office which is CoolSculpting certified, like the office of Dr. Green, for the best cosmetic results.

Do you need a license to do body contouring?

Non-invasive, FDA-approved body contouring procedures require a board-certified, licensed medical professional in the majority of cases. Surgical body contouring procedures require a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon. To ensure your safety, as well as best results, it is imperative that you work with a board-certified medical expert, like Dr. Michele Green.

Plastic Surgery

There are a number of invasive cosmetic surgeries, from arm lifts, to tummy tucks, which require a considerable amount of downtime. There are times when non-invasive cosmetic procedure are not enough and plastic surgery is the only way to achieve more drastic results. When considering plastic surgery, it is always best to consult a board certified plastic surgeon  to minimize the risks of surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the risks associated with surgery include infection, deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, bleeding and perforation to internal organs, and complications associated with general anesthesia.

Body Contouring Surgery in NYC

Though the majority of patients benefit from non-invasive body contouring techniques, body contouring surgeries can be useful for patients seeking certain body contouring goals. These procedures include include liposuction, mommy makeover, a lower body lift, breast lift, abdominoplasty, thigh lift, arm lift, breast augmentation, or other invasive procedures to remove fat deposits.


Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure which is performed under general, regional, or local anesthesia. Depending on the amount of 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 is not a weight loss treatment since there is no long term weight loss 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 lipo” body contouring?

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, the use of a laser may increase the patient’s risk of burns and other unwanted side effects.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

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

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What is a Body Lift?

A body includes a surgical body contouring procedure where the abdomen, buttocks, lower back, flanks, and thighs may be surgically lifted.  In general, a body lift removes both the skin and the fat in a given area. Generally, body lift surgery is meant for bariatric patients who had massive weight loss and now have a large amount of loose, sagging skin. Encompassing body lifts, some patients may opt for an arm lift or only a thigh lift. Some patients who have lost a lot of weight in their chests may opt for a breast lift with breast augmentation or breast reduction, depending on their specific needs.

What is Arm Lift Surgery?

Arm lift surgery, also called brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove the extra fat and skin under the arms.  Some patients call this extra skin “bat wings” due to the skin’s appearance.  As you age, the skin in the arms gets crepey and loose. An excessive amount of weight loss makes this condition worse with sagging, excess skin.  An arm lift surgery extends from the the axillae (arm pit) 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 and several hours of surgery and weeks of recovery time.

Body Contouring & Weight Loss

For many patients, despite diet and exercise, they cannot have the shape and contours that they want.  While none of these body contouring weight loss devices are weight loss devices, with a healthy lifestyle and continued exercise, both the surgical body contouring and non-surgical treatments can help give you the cosmetic results you deserve.

How do I get started to see if I am a good candidate for non-invasive body contouring today?

In all cases, it is important to consult an expert in body contouring, like Dr. Green, to have the best cosmetic results. Dr. Michele Green is a board certified dermatologist and an innovator in non-surgical body contouring in NYC. With over two decades of experience in cosmetic dermatology, skin care, Botox, Juvederm, QWO, and Kybella injections, Dr. Green will help you achieve the best cosmetic results with no recovery time. To learn more about which non-surgical body contouring option is best suited for you, please contact us online today or call 212-535-3088.

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