Years ago, if a person wanted to eliminate stubborn fat that refused to respond to diet and exercise, they would consider getting liposuction. Traditional liposuction is a beneficial, minimally-invasive surgery that removes fat cells from problematic areas of the body. The procedure entails inserting a small tube called a cannula beneath the skin. This hollow tube, about the size of a pen tip, suctions out channels of subcutaneous fat. The process is often aided by specific techniques, such as tumescent liposuction. Alternatively, some liposuction procedures utilize technology like a laser. BodyTite is similar but not identical.
The BodyTite protocol suctions away stubborn fat but not before the targeted cells melt. The device deteriorates unwanted fat cells using gentle but effective radiofrequency energy. The process is referred to as radiofrequency assisted liposuction (RFAL). Why consider this treatment when liposuction has been around for so long? Because of what it does for the skin.
During treatment, the BodyTite handpiece deploys radiofrequency energy from an internal cannula to an external electrode. The internal cannula is what suctions the melted fat, as well. It is inserted into the adipose tissue where fat accumulates. As energy passes between the cannula and the external electrode, all layers of the skin in between the two are affected. As a result of controlled heating, vascular, adipose, and fibrous tissue tightens. According to studies, this use of powerful technology can provide 40% more skin-tightening than traditional liposuction.
Radiofrequency assisted liposuction can sculpt virtually any part of the body affected by unwanted fat. Physicians commonly use BodyTite to refine areas such as the face, chin, neck, chest, breasts, abdomen, upper arms, back, buttocks, hips, saddlebags, love handles, thighs, knees, and ankles.
Generally, the best candidates for BodyTite are healthy adults who are within 30% of their ideal weight. One’s ideal weight is in proportion to their height and frame. You may be a candidate if you meet these criteria and have loose or aging skin, are physically active, do not smoke, and have persistent fat that has not responded to diet and exercise.