BodyTite is a minimally invasive lipolysis technique designed to dissolve fatty deposits in targeted areas of the body while tightening the skin. BodyTite, also known as radio frequency assisted liposuction or RFAL, represents a major innovation in the field of body contouring, body sculpting, and liposuction. The procedure is suitable for men and women who suffer from stubborn fatty deposits in localized areas.
How Does BodyTite Work?
During the BodyTite procedure, a cannula is inserted beneath the skin and an electrode is placed on the surface of the skin. Electrical current flows from the tip of the cannula to the electrode, creating a contained thermal field. This technique liquefies fat cells, which are then suctioned from the body via a regular liposuction cannula. The radio frequency waves stimulate the production of collagen beneath the skin, making the treated area appear firmer and more toned.
What Are the Benefits of BodyTite?
One of the main benefits of BodyTite is that it’s a minimally invasive procedure, requiring only very small incisions. This minimizes the risk of scarring and reduces the chances of infection. Furthermore, BodyTite patients experience less bruising, pain, and/or discomfort during the recovery period compared to traditional liposuction patients. Some patients even return to work the day after their procedure.
Another oft-cited benefit of BodyTite is that the radiofrequency waves not only dissolve unwanted fat, but also stimulate the production of collagen and reduce the appearance of cellulite. This is particularly effective in areas such as the lower belly and the love handles.
- Typical recovery time is 1 to 2 days
- Tiny microcannulas reduce the chance of developing “lumps” or other irregularities as compared to traditional liposuction
What Areas Can Be Treated Using BodyTite?
BodyTite can improve the appearance of fatty deposits and loose skin in common trouble spots including:
- Inner & Outer Thighs
- Pectorals (Male Breasts)
- Pubic Mound
Who Is a Candidate for BodyTite?
Ideal candidates for BodyTite are in good health overall, but have stubborn areas of localized fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Although BodyTite reduces body fat, it is not a weight loss surgery and severely obese patients are typically not good candidates for the procedure.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. The procedure, which involves suctioning fat from the body, can be used to trim the chin area, neck, jowls, cheeks, arms, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees, hips and abdomen.
The best candidates for liposuction in Houston are patients with good skin elasticity who have had difficulty reducing localized fatty deposits through other methods. Although this procedure reduces body fat, severely overweight patients are not typically good candidates for the procedure.
Liposuction is For Reshaping, Not Weight Loss
Because liposuction reduces body fat, it is erroneously thought of as a weight loss alternative. While losing weight may be a side effect of the procedure, it is not the primary goal. Liposuction is meant to sculpt and reshape the body. After undergoing the procedure, it is essential to follow a proper diet and exercise routine to maintain results.
Before the Liposuction Procedure
There are two methods to perform liposuction: traditional suction assisted lipoplasty and laser-assisted liposuction or Smartlipo®. Prior to suctioning fat, both methods require injecting fluid into the treated areas to decrease side effects, such as bleeding, swelling and bruising.
In suction assisted lipoplasty, the fluid helps make the fat easier to suction. In laser assisted liposuction, the fluid enhances the effect of the laser on the fatty tissue. Dr. Schusterman will determine which method is best for you, and it is not uncommon to use a combination of both methods.
The Liposuction Procedure
The original technique, suction-assisted lipoplasty, draws loose fat cells into a small, hollow tube called a cannula. In laser assisted liposuction, a laser is used to liquefy the fat prior suctioning with the cannula.
Depending on the area to be treated, either general, intravenous or local anesthesia is required for liposuction. The procedure typically takes 45 minutes per section.
After Liposuction Treatment
Recovery time can vary from one day to two weeks, depending upon the areas treated, the extent of fat suctioned and the general condition of the patient. We recommend the use of compression clothing for a short time post-op to help reduce swelling.
Is a Second Treatment Necessary?
The results of liposuction are long-term, meaning that follow-up treatments are not usually necessary. However, if you gain additional weight, you may need to have more fat suctioned. Other patients may require a touch-up to improve contouring. If multiple procedures are required, we recommend spacing the liposuction treatments at least six weeks apart to allow the body time to heal between treatments. Because final results aren’t immediately visible, we recommend waiting at least six months before deciding to undergo a second treatment.
SmartLipo Laser Liposuction
Smart Lipo in Houston, TX, was one of the first types of laser approved by the FDA for reducing stubborn body fat. This specially designed laser device is used to liquefy fat and help firm the skin. The procedure is considered surgical in nature, but it is minimally invasive and therefore, patients have little downtime following the procedure. If you want to learn more about our BodyTite procedure instead, navigate to our Houston BodyTite page for more details.
Here are seven FAQs for the Houston SmartLipo procedure that will shed some light on the advantages and disadvantages of this lipo technique.
How Does Smart Lipo Remove Fat and Firm Skin?
Laser liposuction makes use of lasers to liquefy localized deposits of fat. A small incision is made in the skin and a small cannula containing the laser fiber is inserted through the incision. The laser uses high energy to liquefy the fat cells, which are then suctioned from the body. The laser also stimulates the skin, promoting new collagen growth. This may help reduce the appearance of dimples in the surface of the skin, making the treated area appear firmer and more youthful.
Is SmartLipo an Invasive Procedure?
Smart Lipo in Houston, TX, is categorized as a minimally invasive procedure since it can be done using only a local anesthetic and small instruments. There is less bleeding, bruising, and swelling than with traditional liposuction because the laser energy coagulates blood vessels when it comes in contact with them.
Who Is a Candidate for Using Smart Lipo?
Smart Lipo in Houston, TX is an FDA approved procedure for both men and women who have localized deposits of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
What Regions Can Be Treated With Smart Lipo?
Smart Lipo can be used on the chin, back, ankles, knees, buttocks, love handles, male breasts, thighs, jowls, and upper arms.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Prior to scheduling the treatment, patients will have a consultation with Dr. Schusterman. He will ask the patient about their specific goals and work with them to establish realistic expectations. He will also ask questions about the patient’s lifestyle and recommend changes that may help achieve optimum results.
How Long Will the Treatment Take?
Most patients only need a single Houston liposuction treatment to achieve desired results. Each area treated typically takes 45 minutes to one hour.
What Type of Care Is Needed Following Treatment?
We recommend that patients wear compression garments for a brief period of time following Smart Lipo in Houston, TX. The compression minimizes swelling and helps the skin adjust to its new shape. Some swelling and minimal bruising is to be expected, but it should go away quickly. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, there are no sutures to be removed later.
Following the surgical procedure, we recommend patients avoid strenuous exercise and hot baths for a few days, then gradually return to normal activities. Most patients can return to work about 48 hours after the procedure.