What Is Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

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In the past, liposuction was the only way that patients could remove unwanted fat and reshape their bodies. While this surgical procedure is very effective, it does carry certain risks and requires a period of recovery.

Fortunately, women and men can now eliminate stubborn fat bulges with non-invasive body contouring in Northern Virginia. Though most people have heard of this non-surgical alternative to liposuction, you may still be wondering, “What is non-invasive body contouring?”

Continue reading as we answer this question and outline three treatment options.

What Is Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

Non-invasive body contouring is a term used to describe treatments that can eliminate unwanted fat and shape the body, without surgery.

For many patients, non-invasive body contouring procedures are an excellent alternative to liposuction and require little to no downtime.

Types of Non-Invasive Body Contouring


CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, freezes and destroys pinchable fat pockets.

Using very cold temperatures, CoolSculpting targets and kills subcutaneous fat cells, without harming skin or surrounding structures. In the following weeks, fat cell remnants are collected and metabolized by the body and then eliminated by the lymphatic system.

Popular CoolSculpting treatment areas include: Abdomen, flanks, inner thighs, outer thighs, upper arms, back, and chin.

Radiofrequency Lipolysis

UltraShape and Vanquish ME utilize controlled radiofrequency energy to precisely reduce fatty areas and contour the body, without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.

Both treatments are extremely gentle and well-tolerated by most patients.

Popular treatment areas include the abdomen and flanks.

Injection Lipolysis

Kybella is an injectable treatment designed to reduce submental fullness, which is also known as a double chin.

This non-invasive body contouring technique uses a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid to dissolve fat cells under the chin. The destroyed fat cells are then naturally eliminated from the body.

If you are considering non-invasive body contouring, please contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Nicole Hayre.