While many men and women undergo liposuction to lose stubborn pockets of body fat and improve their appearance, liposuction surgery alone rarely helps to create a streamlined silhouette. Body contouring procedures and skin tightening treatments may be necessary for those who lose a significant amount of body fat after liposuction, because the skin becomes loose and unattractive without the support of the fatty tissues underneath.
The BodyTite system has recently been unveiled in the United States and works to improve the results of liposuction by sculpting and toning the body during surgery. The BodyTite device uses radiofrequency energy to improve results of the fat removal process and also promises skin tightening benefits.
Even though the fat is removed, the skin can heal quickly and with a better outcome because the BodyTite system helps to tighten and tone the treated area within minutes of the fat removal process.
How BodyTite Works
Unlike conventional liposuction treatments, the BodyTite system uses radiofrequency technology to heat up the skin tissues around the treatment area. This allows the skin to retract, and also initiates the natural skin tightening process.
The BodyTite device uses multiple cannulas to extract the fatty tissue from under the skin, and works with a set of electrodes that simultaneously aspirate the coagulated tissue and heat up the soft tissues around the treated area. Once the fat is liquefied, it is extracted immediately and the heat helps to tighten and shape the body within minutes.
The radiofrequency energy also coagulates adipose tissue and fibrous tissues which helps to sculpt and tone the body to the ideal shape. The surgeon has the ability to watch the skin contracting throughout the procedure, and has complete control over the level of energy that is being emitted throughout the treatment with a touch-screen device. Initial trials of the BodyTite system show that the skin can retract by as much as 40% from a single procedure.
Key Benefits of BodyTite for BodySculpting
The BodyTite system may offer several advantages over conventional liposuction and bodysculpting procedures. This procedure may be especially effective for people who want to get rid of only a few ounces of body fat in areas such as the love handles, around the thighs or around the stomach. Other key benefits of the BodyTite bodysculpting system include:
Gentler than conventional liposuction methods
Improved efficacy than other bodysculpting techniques
May be more safe than conventional fat removal methods
Surgeon has more control over the procedure, which may lead to better results
Surgeon can get immediate feedback on the treatment progress and the dermal temperature
Can be used on both small and large areas of the body
The BodyTite system has not yet received FDA approval, but is currently being used at several aesthetic and cosmetic surgery centers in New York in test studies.
Learn more about bodysculpting and liposuction procedures in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for this type of treatment.