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Non-invasive body contouring is rising in popularity as an alternative to otherwise invasive and painful surgical procedures with long healing times. Nonsurgical body sculpting is the process of removing or reducing stubborn fat and is not supposed to be a weight loss solution. The most popular non-invasive body sculpting procedures include CoolSculpting, VelaShape and SculpSure. Other minimally invasive procedures, like Kybella and Qwo injections, can be used in combination with the previously mentioned procedures to ensure optimal results. Dr. Michele Green is a board-certified dermatologist and an innovator in non-surgical body contouring in NYC. With over 25 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Green can determine which body contouring procedures will work best for you.

Before FDA approval for non-invasive body contouring devices, not much could be done besides changing our lifestyle and undergoing painful and risky surgery. Even with regular exercise and healthy eating habits, many individuals still struggled with pockets of fat and skin that refused to go away. Non-invasive body contouring provides safe and effective techniques that can target specific areas of concern and contour these areas for a slimmer and more defined appearance. These procedures have no downtime while still providing the same stunning body-shaping effects. Body contouring has grown to be a one 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 into her private 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 procedures such as non-invasive body contouring, Dr. Green will create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve the best cosmetic results with little to no recovery time.

What is Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

Non-invasive body contouring, or nonsurgical fat reduction, refers to a set of procedures that can remove excess skin or fat from any part of the body, such as the abdomen, chin, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, love handles, and elsewhere that cannot otherwise be reduced through diet and exercise. Body contouring procedures can be divided into either surgical or nonsurgical options. Surgical options are considered plastic surgery and must be conducted by plastic surgeons. These options include liposuction, breast augmentation, and facelift, among other procedures to contour the body. Nonsurgical/non-invasive options include CoolSculpting, SculpSure, VelaShape, and Kybella.

Most non-invasive body contouring uses one of four main principles to remove excess fat: cryolipolysis, laser lipolysis, radiofrequency lipolysis, or injection lipolysis. Cryolipolysis utilizes controlled cooling and freezing temperature to target and destroy fat cells. Laser lipolysis utilizes high heat and laser energy to target fat cells. Radiofrequency lipolysis also uses heat as well as ultrasound technology to target fat cells. Injection lipolysis uses deoxycholic acid to target fat cells.

It is important to note that these non-invasive procedures are not intended to be weight loss solutions. If you gain weight from the time you get the procedure, it is highly possible that you may not see any difference in your body since the remaining fat cells can expand and fill in the space that was previously occupied by the destroyed fat cells. Patients should be within 30 pounds of their ideal weight before engaging in any body contouring treatment. Individuals with a body mass index over 30 are unlikely to see significant changes due to the number and size of the fat cells. This is why Dr. Green will do a full consultation before any CoolSculpting or non-invasive body contouring procedure, as it is very important to determine if you are a good candidate in advance of any cosmetic procedure.

What are the Options for Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

Most non-invasive body contouring options rely on four main principles to reduce or remove stubborn pockets of fat to contour different areas of the body. These principles are 1) cryolipolysis, 2) laser lipolysis, 3) radiofrequency lipolysis, and 4) injection lipolysis.

  1. Cryolipolysis utilizes freezing temperatures to target and destroy fat cells. CoolSculpting and CoolTone are two procedures that utilize this principle to contour the body. This works because fat freezes at a higher temperature than the skin. The cryolipolysis device cools the fat to a temperature that destroys it while leaving your skin and tissues unharmed. This procedure typically takes about half an hour to an hour and a half depending on the areas that are targeted and during that time, about 25% of the fat cells in the area are destroyed. Results usually show up after a few months as your immune system slowly clears out the dead fat cells.
  2. Laser lipolysis uses a combination of a laser and heat to “melt” fat cells before a liposuction procedure takes place. This procedure allows fat cells to be more effectively vacuumed out of the body, while also encouraging elastin and collagen development. Laser lipolysis is just as good as traditional liposuction and has the added benefit of skin tightening while with traditional liposuction, the skin over the fat deposits may remain lax or saggy. Medical offices or MedSpas that offer this service usually call it Laser Lipo and may use a device called SmartLipo or i-Lipo.
  3. Radiofrequency lipolysis is a procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) to heat the fat without damaging the surrounding skin. Common devices that use RF technology include Vanquish and VelaShape. These devices are effective in body contouring and reducing subcutaneous fat concentrations in targeted areas. RF also has the added benefit of stimulating collagen and elastin production, tightening the skin as fat cells are destroyed. Other devices can also utilize ultrasound like the UltraShape device.
  4. Injection lipolysis typically utilizes deoxycholic acid, an acid normally found in our bodies and which breaks down and absorbs fat. In the digestive system, deoxycholic acid breaks down fat by destroying the cell membranes. When injected within fat cells, the same thing happens. Kybella injections are the first and only FDA injectable drug for dissolving and contouring submental fat and reducing the appearance of moderate to severe fat under the skin using deoxycholic acid. Once injected into the fat cells, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat.

What are the Best Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatments?

There is a wide range of non-invasive body contouring options available and it can be difficult to know which one(s) would be best suited to your cosmetic goals. The best non-invasive body contouring treatments are those that are safe, effective, have little to no downtime, and can precisely target your areas of concern. It would be best to consult with an expert like Dr. Michele Green to see if you would be a good candidate for body contouring and to see which device would give you the best results. Some of the most popular and best treatment options are SculpSure, CoolSculpting, VelaShape, and Kybella injections.

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Before and after 2 sessions of Kybella


SculpSure is a non-invasive laser treatment that was FDA-approved in 2015 to heat and eliminate fat cells in the upper and lower abdominal areas as well as the flanks, commonly known as the love handles. SculpSure uses specific wavelengths to contour the body and works similarly to CoolSculpting. Typical treatment sessions take around 25 minutes and may require repeated treatments in the same area to be effective.

Although CoolSculpting and SculpSure have similarities, some differences make CoolSculpting a more popular option. The side effects of SculpSure include pain associated with heat, blistering, nodules, and swelling while the side effects of CoolSculpting are temporary numbness, redness, tingling, and pain. CoolSculpting has been utilized since 2005 and is better established with long-term and proven results. It also has unique specialized applicators that are designed for various areas of the body from the arms to the flanks to the inner and outer thighs to fat under the chin. SculpSure can only be used for the abdomen and flanks and has less rigorous standards for use when compared to CoolSculpting. For example, practitioners of CoolSculpting must be certified and properly trained while there is no training program for using SculpSure.


CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared cleared treatment designed for fat reduction in stubborn problem areas for healthy patients. CoolSculpting reduces the fat cells in any treatment area by 25 percent without any side effects. Repeat treatment of the same area shows even greater results with up to a 40 percent decrease in fat cells. This process of fat freezing was originally designed to treat the abdominal area but has since extended its use to treat multiple areas of the body. Some of the most common areas of treatment are the submental area (double chin), love handles, upper arms, inner thighs, outer thighs, bra fat, flanks, back, and abdominal areas.

CoolSculpting uses patented cooling technology to deliver targeted and controlled cooling to specific areas on your body, affecting only fat cells and ensuring no harm occurs to any surrounding tissue or cells. Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than the surrounding tissue. This process causes the fat bulges to be “frozen” and the body excretes these fat cells through its natural metabolic process. CoolSculpting causes these fat cells to be slowly metabolized by the lymphatic system, and for this reason, there is no increased skin laxity associated with this treatment. The full results of CoolSculpting can be seen four months after the procedure but results can be visible within a few weeks.

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CoolMini before and after photo


VelaShape® is a non-invasive body shaping/body contouring treatment that has been tested in various clinical studies and FDA-approved approved to target thigh, buttock, and abdominal fat. The way VelaShape® works is that it uses a combination of two key techniques, infrared light (IR) and bi-polar radiofrequency energy (RF). This energy is combined with vacuum suction and deep-tissue massage. In tandem, these processes cause deep heating within the fat cells and the connecting tissue. Deep heating the underlying dermal collagen fibers and surrounding connective tissue, allows for the regeneration of new collagen and elastin, which is stronger, firmer, and more elastic. This new collagen which is generated in turn helps smooth the skin tone and texture in the treated area.

The suction on the VelaShape brings the skin closer to the energy source in the device and combination with the deep-tissue massage, helps to stretch out the stiff fibrous bands under the skin, which contribute to the appearance of cellulite. The radiofrequency and infrared light energies cause deep heating of the fat cells and bring about cellulite reduction by tightening the skin and shrinking fat cells. VelaShape will provide a general smoothing of the area treated, helping to significantly improve the appearance of cellulite.

Kybella Injections

Kybella is the first and only FDA injectable drug approved for dissolving and contouring submental fat and reducing the appearance of moderate to severe fat under the chin. The active ingredient in Kybella is comprised of deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, and aids in the absorption and breakdown of dietary fat. Kybella injections can quickly, safely, and effectively melt your double chin in as little as three treatments. The procedure itself takes only a few minutes with tiny injections of Kybella into the designated treatment area. After some minimal swelling, the fat cells are permanently treated. Each injectable treatment takes 4 to 6 weeks to see the full cosmetic results. After a series of treatment sessions, the submental fat is gone, and a smooth, more youthful neck and jawline are created.

Kybella has been studied in over 20 clinical trials involving over 2600 patients and has yielded incredible results. As a result of its safety and effectiveness, many patients have expressed interest in using Kybella injections to target other problem areas like the abdomen and thighs. However, Kybella is best used for small areas and may not give the desired results elsewhere where there tend to be more substantial amounts of fat. Kybella injections are currently used by Dr. Green to treat submental fat as well as bra fat, or excess fat by the armpits. If you are interested in fat removal in other areas, fat reduction treatments like CoolSculpting and VelaShape are better and more effective options.

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Kybella & Thermage – 4 months

Commonly Asked Questions & Answers

What are the benefits of non-invasive body contouring?

There are many benefits of non-invasive treatments that contour the body. Some of these benefits include not needing any incisions or anesthesia, little to no downtime, and fewer side effects. Surgical body contouring is typically more costly and can require you to rest and take time off work as you recover. There is also the additional risk of potential complications and excess skin after the fat is removed. With non-invasive body contouring, there are little to no side effects besides minor discomfort and swelling that resolves within a few hours to a few days. Non-invasive body contouring treatments are also much quicker and the only time you need to set aside is about an hour and a half or less to get the procedure done and then you are free to resume your normal activities. The results for many popular non-invasive body contouring procedures are gradual but permanent and many have special technology to tighten your skin as it destroys your fat so you do not need to worry about saggy skin.

Who is the best candidate for non-surgical body contouring?

Non-invasive procedures are not intended to be weight loss solutions. If you gain weight from the time you get the procedure, it is highly possible that you may not see any difference in your body since the remaining fat cells can expand and fill in the space that was previously occupied by the destroyed fat cells. The best candidate should be in good health and within 10 to 30 pounds of their ideal weight before engaging in any body contouring treatment. Individuals with a body mass index over 30 are unlikely to see significant changes due to the number and size of the fat cells. If you have a localized area of fat that is not responding to diet and exercise, non-surgical body contouring may be for you. It is best to consult with an expert like Dr. Michele Green to see if you would be a good candidate for body contouring in her NYC office.

Does non-invasive body sculpting treatments work?

Yes, non-surgical body sculpting works! Non-invasive body contouring has become incredibly popular because of its high success rates without the need for invasive surgery or recovery time. Millions of people each year have undergone non-invasive body sculpting procedures without any adverse side effects, no downtime, and great results. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 169,695 procedures were performed. In 2019, more than eight million CoolSculpting treatments were administered alone. The primary reason for the rise in these types of fat reduction procedures is how safe, quick, and highly effective these treatments are in helping reduce the appearance of fat and slimming the body. There are also many testimonials about how effective and recommended these procedures truly are.

Is non-invasive body contouring safe?

Yes! Non-invasive body contouring procedures are safe and effective procedures when offered by a board-certified expert, like Dr. Michele Green in New York. Procedures such as CoolSculpting, Kybella, and Velashape III are all FDA-approved body contouring techniques that can vastly improve a patient’s body shape. They have all undergone clinical trials with thousands of patients to ensure they have minimal side effects while still being highly effective in destroying fat cells.

Non-invasive body contouring by someone other than a board-certified dermatologist, like at a MedSpa or by an esthetician carries greater risk. They may not have the same level of training, expertise, and/or experience to give you the results in the same matter as a board-certified physician. To ensure your safety, as well as best results, you must work with a board-certified medical expert, like Dr. Michele Green.

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CoolSculpting 7 months before and after

How much does non-invasive body contouring cost?

The cost of body contouring depends on the size of the area being treated, how many sessions you will need, and which device is right for you. It will also depend on your geographic location, the experience of the physician, and where you are getting the procedure done. MedSpas are generally more inexpensive compared to a medical office but they do not have the same medical supervision and expertise that an expert like Dr. Michele Green offers. If you are interested in knowing what your options are for non-invasive body contouring, it would be best to come in for a consultation with Dr. Green so she can determine what treatment would work best for you given your medical history and cosmetic goals.

How long does non-invasive body contouring last?

The results of non-invasive body contouring like CoolSculpting and Kybella are permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not rapidly change weight. These treatments cannot prevent new fat cells from forming or existing ones from expanding. During the fat removal treatments, fat cells are destroyed and slowly metabolized by your body in the subsequent weeks and months. If you were to gain weight after the procedure, the remaining fat cells in the treated area can expand and begin to occupy the area that was cleared out by the procedure. Other non-invasive body contouring procedures like VelaShape and Thermage are not permanent and will need maintenance treatments every six months to every year. The results of any non-invasive body contouring can be prolonged by following a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet.

Do you have to be certified to do body contouring?

Yes, you need to be certified to do body contouring like CoolSculpting and VelaShape. Dr. Green’s office has been certified by CoolSculpting, which means that she and her staff have received advanced training to perform these procedures. Oftentimes, medical spas will offer body contouring techniques, but these procedures are highly specialized, and inexperienced aestheticians can cause unwanted side effects. Other body contouring procedures like Kybella and QWO can only be administered by a trained and licensed medical professional. Body contouring is most safe when administered by a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Green who will prioritize your safety and satisfaction above all else. When you work with Dr. Green, you can rest assured that your treatment experience will be the best it can be.

Do you need a license to perform non-invasive lipo?

Yes, a license is necessary if you wish to perform non-invasive lipo. A licensed professional like a board-certified physician or a nurse/physician assistant who has been properly trained and is supervised by a medical doctor can perform non-invasive lipo. They will first need to do an exam face-to-face with a patient and obtain their medical history before discussing the treatment.

How does liposuction compare with non-invasive body contouring treatments?

Both liposuction and non-invasive body contouring treatments like CoolSculpting are medical procedures that permanently remove fat cells. Although liposuction and other non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting seem similar, there are many key differences.

Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that is performed under general, regional, or local anesthesia by a board-certified plastic surgeon. 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. 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.

With non-invasive body contouring, there is no anesthesia needed. A board-certified dermatologist will use a specialized device to gradually destroy fat cells from the target areas. There is no downtime and many patients experience minimal to no side effects. In addition, since no incisions were made, there is no risk of scarring and infection. The majority of patients can resume their normal activities once the procedure is completed, which is typically only an hour and a half. These results are also permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet. There is also no skin laxity since the fat removal is so gradual; this is not the case with invasive liposuction.

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CoolSculpting before and after

How Do I Get Started With Non-Invasive Body Contouring Today?

If you are concerned with unwanted body fat, and are seeking non-invasive body contouring solutions, Dr. Michele Green is here to help. There are many non-invasive body contouring treatments that Dr. Green performs to remove fat cells and have absolutely no downtime. From CoolSculpting and VelaShape to Kybella injections and Thermage radiofrequency lasers, Dr. Green will combine the best treatments to provide you with the ultimate non-invasive body contouring results. Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renown expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology and an innovator in non-surgical body contouring in NYC.

With over 25 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology, skincare wellness, Botox injections, CoolSculpting, VelaShape, QWO and Kybella injections, Dr. Green will help you achieve the best cosmetic results with no recovery time. Dr. Green will take the time to customize your treatment plan so that it caters to your specific skincare concerns and your unique aesthetic goals. She takes pride in the relationships she builds with her patients, and her dedication to her expertise is well-reflected by the fact that she is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York City by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine and Super Doctors. To find out more about non-invasive body contouring treatments such as CoolSculpting, VelaShape, Kybella injections and more, contact us online or call the office at 212-535-3088 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green.

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