As Americans continue to have an unending love affair with potato chips and super-sized French fries, they also have a growing love affair with liposuction. Although not a weight-loss procedure, liposuction removes pockets of stubborn fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction is one of the top three cosmetic surgeries every year in the U.S.
What if you could make liposuction even better, kind of like frying a Twinkie to make it better. Wait, that only works at the Texas/OU game at the Texas State Fair. How about adding radiofrequency energy to liquefy the fat and heat the dermis to contract and firm the skin, in addition to slimming the contour?
Sounds like BodyTite™ — radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL). We offer BodyTite™ at Austin Cosmetic Surgery.
What is BodyTite?
At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, we love BodyTite™ because it offers our patients dual benefits — it is a body contouring procedure that at the same time provides significant skin contraction. The 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 slimmer contour.
Would I be a good candidate for BodyTite?
No matter what kind of shape you’re in, pretty much everyone has some unwanted pockets of fat that are almost impossible to target with diet and exercise. To qualify for BodyTite™, Drs. Carlotti want the patient to be within 10 percent of his or her ideal body weight. The best results come with patients who still have good skin elasticity.
What areas can be contoured with BodyTite?
BodyTite™ can be used anywhere regular liposuction can be done. It is actually less traumatic on the treatment area because the cannula doesn’t need to be moved as aggressively as in regular liposuction. It is perfect for the stomach area, love handles, thighs, upper arms, knees, even the bra line on the back.
How many BodyTite procedures do I need?
This is a single procedure. You don’t need multiple sessions to achieve substantial body contouring. Of course, after you see your results, you may want to treat additional areas in the future.
Interested in adding radiofrequency energy to your unwanted fat and not the radio dial? Call us at Austin Cosmetic Surgery in our Lakeway office, (512) 688-8000, or our Scottsdale, Arizona office, (480) 947-7700, and ask about BodyTite™.