As the waistline of the average American has expanded, so has the desire to remove accumulated stubborn fat with liposuction. Year in and year out, liposuction is in the top five cosmetic surgery procedures.
But at Austin Cosmetic Surgery we like the concept of taking traditional liposuction and doing it one better by adding radiofrequency energy. This is called radiofrequency-assisted liposuction and we offer it in two procedures — BodyTite™ and FaceTite™ — for our Austin and Scottsdale patients. These procedures use radiofrequency energy to liquefy fat and later tighten the skin in the abdomen, thighs, and flanks, and on the lower face, jowls, and neck.
What is BodyTite™?
The combination of liposuction and radiofrequency energy is what our patients love. That’s how BodyTite’s innovation provides body contouring and skin contraction. This is great because once we remove the unwanted fat from an area, the skin adapts better to the slimmer contour with the addition of the RF energy.
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 liquefied 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.
What is FaceTite™?
FaceTite™ uses the same combination of liposuction and RF energy, but its goal is less on fat removal and more on skin tightening. FaceTite™ tightens the skin on your lower face, jowls, and neck. The cannula removes liquefied fat in the jowls, minimizing the effects of a double chin. But with FaceTite™ fat removal is mainly done only in the chin area. This prevents the patient from developing a drawn look with an absence of facial fat in other areas such as the cheeks.
What areas can be treated with BodyTite™?
BodyTite™ is perfect for love handles, the stomach area, the thighs, upper arms, knees, and even the bra line on the back. BodyTite™ can basically be used anywhere liposuction can be performed, but it does so with less tissue trauma because the fat is liquefied by the RF energy. This is less traumatic for tissues in the area when compared to the back and forth movement of the cannula that is required in traditional liposuction to break loose the fat pockets.
What areas can be treated with FaceTite™?
FaceTite™ is used on the lower face, the jowls, and the upper neck area.
Winter is a great time to work on your unwanted fat pockets with radiofrequency-assisted liposuction at Austin Cosmetic Surgery. Call us at our Lakeway office, (512) 688-8000, or our Scottsdale office, (480) 947-7700, and ask about BodyTite™ and FaceTite™.