Liposuction has long been a preferred method by patients who are looking to both sculpt and contour areas of the body that haven’t responded positively to regular diet and exercise. Problematic fat deposits can easily be removed with liposuction, however many patients that undergo this type of treatment experience a loosening of the skin around the affected area once liposuction has been performed. This loss of elasticity can result in an area of the body that suddenly presents with wrinkles or indentations. Traditional liposuction that is performed around the upper arms, inner thighs, knees and lower abdomen creates areas that are particularly susceptible to skin loosening post-procedure.
Significant advancements in cosmetic technology have led to the arrival of Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) which is increasingly popular among patients looking to eliminate the risk of skin loosening that can accompany traditional liposuction. RFAL devices are used by physicians to sculpt and simultaneously tighten skin as fat is removed through the use of high-frequency energy waves. This innovative technique reduces the risks associated with surgical procedures such as thigh lifts or tummy tucks that are often recommended for skin tightening and can produce significant and lasting scars.
BodyTite is a method that allows a physician to simultaneously melt fat away while tightening the skin in the surrounding area. This outpatient procedure is done with a dual-probe hand-held device. The lower probe is a small, liposuction cannula while the upper probe contains an electrode that precisely delivers radio wave energy to the problematic area being treated. Energy waves are safely and easily regulated from the base unit. The attending physician is able to extract fat deposits with suction through the cannula as energy waves successfully melt these cells on contact without damaging surrounding cells or tissues. The combined heat and energy work to tighten skin cells once the fat is removed, eliminating the stress of potential wrinkling and leaving patients with well-contoured results.
While many patients elect to undergo BodyTite treatments to avoid the potential loosening of skin around treated areas with traditional liposuction, this highly-effective method comes with several additional benefits. BodyTite treatments are extremely safe and the use of controlled energy distribution means the surrounding tissue and blood vessels remain unaffected by this procedure. It also means that patients will not need to worry about injury associated with heat. Thermal safeguards are built into the BodyTite system which regulate heat used so that maximum skin tightening benefits are achieved without causing harm to surface skin cells.
BodyTite treatments are done in the comfort of the attending physician’s office and carried out exclusively with the use of local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort. The use of local anesthetic means patients no longer need to worry about the many risks associated with general anesthesia such as depressed respiratory function during surgery. Similarly, patients are able to leave the doctor’s office the same day the procedure is completed, eliminating a lengthy hospital stay which can increase the risk of developing infection. The precise delivery of heat alongside high-frequency energy waves means patients experience minimal bruising or swelling with this procedure. A single injection point also provides the added benefit of patients not having to deal with painful or large scars. With side-effects disappearing with a week or two, patients find peace of mind in knowing they are in for an extremely short recovery period. As with traditional liposuction, BodyTite treatments are effective across the entire body and have proven to be successful at treating the neck, face, breasts, abdomen and beyond.
Those who are interested in BodyTite treatments are encouraged to make an appointment for an initial consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. This consultation provides time for Dr. Wright to review each patient’s medical history and have a conversation around the procedural specifics of BodyTite before creating a personalized treatment plan. The team at the St. Louis Las Lipo and Vein Center is dedicated to a patient-first approach that encourage open communication and a foundation of trust. An initial consultation is a great time to bring questions and concerns into a discussion surrounding potential cosmetic treatments and services.
Treatment costs for patients undergoing BodyTite procedures will vary depending on the amount of fat cells that require extraction as well as the number of treatments necessary to achieve pleasing and successful results. Those that are covered under a medical insurance plan will want to check with their individual providers prior to undergoing treatment in order to understand coverage options. While many insurance providers consider liposuction a non-essential cosmetic procedure, patients with underlying medical conditions who may experience improved symptoms as a result of BodyTite treatments will want to have a conversation with an insurance representative concerning their particular medical issues. Those patients not currently covered by insurance will have access to a number of alternative options for handling payments associated with the cost of care.
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Finding the perfect body slimming procedure for you can be difficult without knowing everything about what is currently available. As technology continues to improve, so do the available liposuction procedures on the market. Radio frequency assisted liposuction, or RFAL, is one such procedure; it has been available in the United States since 2016 and has become a popular treatment among cosmetic surgeons. Here is how BodyTite liposuction skin tightening compares to traditional liposuction:
Radio frequency assisted liposuction is a weight loss procedure that uses radio frequency waves to “melt” fat tissue before it is safely removed through suction. We use an RFAL procedure called BodyTite that can be applied to most common liposuction treatment areas. Only a small incision is needed to allow the fat tissue to be removed. With traditional liposuction, many invasive incisions are made, leaving behind noticeable scarring. With BodyTite liposuction skin tightening, your procedure will take a fraction of the time and the incision will be virtually unnoticeable after a short recovery time.
While both BodyTite RFAL and traditional liposuction both remove a similar amount of fat, there are additional benefits to be found when choosing RFAL. The radio frequency waves generated in this procedure promotes skin tightening and collagen production, making your skin more elastic and helping improve the contouring of your body. Put simply, BodyTite results give you tighter, more sculpted skin! Traditional liposuction does not provide any additional benefits but can be more effective at removing larger volumes of fat tissue.
By choosing BodyTite RFAL, you are minimizing some of the risks found in traditional liposuction procedures. BodyTite RFAL is less invasive on the body, letting it heal in a fraction of time when compared to traditional liposuction recovery. Your body temperature will be continually monitored during your BodyTite RFAL treatment, ensuring you are not experiencing any pain. In fact, most patients only feel a slight warming sensation. Most traditional liposuction procedures require weeks of recovery time before you are able to continue any rigorous activities.
If you are considering BodyTite RFAL, please call us today to schedule your free consultation. Let us show you how our highly-trained team led by Dr. Wright can help you lose fat while getting incredible BodyTite results. Not all patients and body types are ideal candidates for this life-changing procedure. Call the Laser Lipo & Vein Center today to help you decide which procedure is right for you.