Over time, areas of excess fat have been given all kinds of names. Thigh fat may be called saddlebags. Abdominal fat may be called a muffin top. Excess fat in the flanks above the hips? We call that love handles. Why? We’ve no clue. Our patients who have them certainly do not love them. In our Spokane, WA cosmetic surgery practice, we offer two proven methods of treating this concern, as well as other areas of unwanted fat. Here, we look at how BodyTite and liposuction compare.
Some providers discuss BodyTite and nonsurgical and liposuction as surgical and they leave it at that. We offer both procedures so have no preference other than understanding what is best for each patient. That said, it is true that BodyTite is nonsurgical. It does not suction fat the way that liposuction does. However, we can’t really look at one as immensely more invasive than the other. Liposuction involves moving a thin tube back and forth through adipose fat, which requires a few tiny incisions. BodyTite works through dual-action heating of the subcutaneous layer of tissue. This also requires a few tiny incisions. One detail that may be different is that BodyTite is performed with a local anesthetic, not general anesthesia.
Though BodyTite and liposuction work using different strategies, the intent is the same with each approach, to sculpt an area of the body by targeting excess fat. Liposuction enhances the shape of the body by manually extracting fat cells. These cells don’t come back. BodyTite slims the body by causing fat cells to melt. The body then eliminates these cells, which means they also don’t come back. The difference in the techniques is that BodyTite’s radiofrequency energy also modifies the skin. In this way, BodyTite may be a better contouring procedure for patients with looser skin.
Patients may see the results of their liposuction procedure right away. These initial effects become more visible over time as swelling subsides. It can take up to several months to fully visualize the benefits of liposuction, but that does not mean patients aren’t extremely happy before that time. Because fat is manually removed, the slimming effects are nearly immediate. After liposuction, patients can expect some swelling and bruising. Other risks, such as infection and blood or fluid accumulation, exist but are rare. In most cases, patients are ready to return to work in 1 to 2 weeks.
Since BodyTite does not manually extract fat cells, patients may notice subtle tightening of the treatment area but not substantial contour improvements. These come over time as the body eliminates the melted cells for good. That said, patients are usually back to their normal routine at least a few days sooner after BodyTite than they would be after liposuction.
You can end your relationship with love handles, muffin tops, saddlebags, and more at our Spokane aesthetics center. To learn more about liposuction and BodyTite, contact us at 509-747-5773 today.