What Is BodyTite?
BodyTite is a body contouring procedure that also provides significant skin contraction. The BodyTite™ system uses a cannula with an internal electrode that is inserted through a tiny incision. Attached to the cannula, but resting atop the skin, is a metal wand that features an external electrode. The radiofrequency passes from the internal electrode to the external electrode, heating the fat and surrounding tissues without damaging those tissues. The fat is then suctioned away through the cannula. The RF energy that has heated the dermis layer of the skin causes the skin to contract and tighten, firming the area.
How does BodyTite work?
BodyTite™ is truly a body contouring procedure, but it improves upon traditional liposuction by providing significant skin contraction along with it. What an interesting idea!
The secret to BodyTite is its cannula (similar to a straw). In traditional liposuction, the cannula simply suctions away the fat cells. BodyTite™ system uses a cannula with an internal electrode that is inserted as in normal liposuction. Attached to the cannula, but resting atop the skin, is a metal wand that features an external electrode. The radiofrequency energy is emitted from the cannula tip, and it passes to the external electrode, heating the fat and surrounding tissues without damaging those tissues. While this is happening the cannula suctions away the liquefied fat. The RF energy that liquefied the fat has heated the dermis, the skin’s second layer, causing the skin to contract and tighten. This helps the skin firm down to its new contour.
Key BodyTite Benefits
Controls heating to ensure that treatment results are consistent, avoiding over-treated or under-treated areas.
Real time temperature monitoring in deep fat areas and on the skin surface.
Directional RF builds a temperature profile providing different treatment modalities for each tissue layer, from the deep fat layer up to the skin’s surface.
Would I Be A Good Candidate For BodyTite?
No matter what kind of shape you’re in, many times everyone has some unwanted pockets of fat that are almost impossible to target with diet and exercise. Dr. Sanders wants potential patients to know that this is not a weight-loss procedure; it is a body contouring/skin tightening procedure. To qualify for BodyTite, patients should be at or near their ideal body weight. The best results come with patients who still have good skin elasticity.
What Are The Benefits Of BodyTite?
Combining radiofrequency energy and liposuction in the BodyTite™ system has numerous advantages over traditional liposuction:
Body contouring option— Because the RF energy liquefies the fat that is then instantly suctioned away, contouring is smoothened.
Skin contraction — The heating that melts the fat also causes a “wound” response in the dermis layer of the skin. This causes the skin to contract down, and the body produces new amounts of collagen (the skin’s structural support protein) to send to the perceived “wound.”
Controlled directional energy distribution — Because the RF energy transfers from the cannula through the tissue up to the external handpiece, the direction can be controlled. This maximizes the RF energy utilization, while ensuring there is little risk of thermal damage to surrounding tissues.
Decreased downtime — Liposuction involves tissue trauma, as the cannula is moved back and forth under the skin to break up fat pockets. By using RF energy to break down and liquefy fat, the cannula with BodyTite™ gently extracts the fat. This creates potentially less bruising, swelling, and downtime.
What Is Recovery Like After A BodyTite
After your procedure, you’ll wear compression garments on the areas treated with BodyTite. These usually need to be worn for two-four weeks to help your body adapt to its new contours. With both procedures, most patients can usually return to work in a couple days. There can be some slight bruising and swelling that can linger for a couple weeks. Pain is many times minimal and can be managed with ibuprofen.
51 year old female. Before on Abdomen
51 year old female. After on Abdomen, 1 month out.