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Types of Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatments

Surgical liposuction procedures differ from nonsurgical body contouring primarily because laser fat removal techniques do not require incisions, stitches or lengthy, painful recovery times.  Instead, you can simply come to our office and relax while your doctor applies safe and effective laser energy to stubborn fat deposits. This energy targets fat cells and liquefies lipids inside fat cells so that your body can naturally absorb and use lipids for energy purposes. After your laser fat removal session, you are free to leave our office and resume your normal activities. Below are the different types of procedures that we provide:

There are several types of methods used for nonsurgical fat removal: low level laser therapy, ultrasound, cryolipolysis and radiofrequency:

*Results and patient experience may vary.

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) - Zerona 

Most Common Brand Names:

  • Zerona®

Low level laser therapy emits cold laser energy into body tissues that are absorbed by fat cells, which are broken down and absorbed into the body. The procedure has been approved by the FDA.

Incorporating cool-laser technology for eliminating fat deposits around your abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and other areas of the body, Zerona exposes unwanted fat to low-level laser energy that forces fat cells to expel lipids into your body. Once outside cells, this fat is assimilated by the body and eventually removed via natural processes.

During treatment with Zerona, your doctor uses a handheld device to direct cold laser energy at problem areas. The device does not touch your skin nor do you feel any discomfort as laser energy liquefies dense lipids inside fat cells. This type of LLLT creates tiny pores in fat cells to facilitate release of fatty material. Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing fatty material from your body, leaving previously plump fat cells flat, empty and undamaged.

*Results and patient experience may vary.


Most Common Brand Names:

  • Liposonix®
  • Ultrashape®

Ultrasound (ultrasonic) fat removal utilizes ultrasound-created energy to liquefy fatty tissue before a doctor uses a thin cannula to remove the fat. Unlike surgical liposuction involving removal of unliquified, dense fat with larger cannulas, ultrasound-based fat removal is less aggressive than liposuction because the doctor can move cannulas smoothly and easily under the skin to remove fat. Like Zerona, cryolipolysis and radiofrequency energy body contouring procedures, ultrasound fat removal is not intended as a weight loss method. Instead, it is meant to reduce fat deposits typically found around the abdomen, thighs and waist resistant to exercise and dieting.


  • Premedication is usually not needed.
  • Your treatment areas are marked by your doctor.
  • A technician applies a thin layer of gel to your skin.
  • The ultrasound transducer head is then moved over the treatment area. The same area may be treated more than once.
  • Your session may last anywhere from a half hour to several hours.

*Results and patient experience may vary.


Most Common Brand Names:

  • CoolSculpting® (Zeltiq®)

Cryolipolysis is another type of nonsurgical body contouring procedure that utilizes controlled cooling (about 4°C or 39 °F) to cause cellular death of fatty tissue. Once fat cells are irreparably damaged, your body senses fat cells have disintegrated and starts removing them through natural absorption and elimination processes.  Cryolipolysis is not surgery or a form of liposuction. You will see no needles, no blood, no anesthesiologist and no surgical instruments during a cryolipolysis treatment session. Although cryolipolysis is not intended for people who are clinically obese, it has been proven effective for people who are slightly overweight and cannot get rid of stubborn bulges or chest/back fat difficult to reduce with exercise.

*Results and patient experience may vary.

Radiofrequency Energy

Most Common Brand Names:

  • Exilis™
  • truSculpt™
  • Velashape™

Radio frequency technology for nonsurgical body contouring purposes delivers therapeutic heat to skin tissues for reducing cellulite, wrinkles and folds affecting the face and body. It eliminates cellulite by targeting fat cells lying just underneath the skin with radio frequency energy. Once fat cells have been obliterated, the leftover lipid fluid is absorbed and assimilated by the body, leaving skin tighter and smoother-looking where “bumpy” cellulite once existed.

Removal of fat cells slims and contours thighs, buttocks and hips where cellulite tends to collect and create unattractive bulges often difficult to get rid of with diet and exercise. When used to rejuvenate damaged or aging facial skin, radiofrequency energy tightens sagging skin by multiplying and contracting collagen fibers while enhancing your skin's texture and tone.

*Results and patient experience may vary.

Schedule an Appointment Today

1st Choice Health & Wellness specializes in Zerona laser fat removal and invites you to schedule a free consultation to discuss nonsurgical body contouring in New Albany IN. Please call us today at 812-945-4500 if you are interested in learning more about this safe, effective method of painless fat removal.

*Results and patient experience may vary.

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