BodyTite & FaceTite
In Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, there are essentially two “Holy Grails” that have eluded the industry for quite some time. Until now, it is down to one! True correction of cellulite, despite all of those technologies that claim they can eliminate it, still does not truly exist today.
The second, previously untouchable goal was to actually shrink skin in areas of liposuction. This meant that either after fat was removed by various techniques, the patient was left with an “empty bag” of skin that was often quite unsightly. If the patient wanted the skin gone, that meant incisions, skin removal and major surgery. Many previous technologies, including previous radiofrequency, ultrasonic and laser-assisted techniques, promised skin tightening that never truly occurred. But now, with the revolutionary “BodyTite” and “FaceTite” technology we finally have a solution for our patients!
What Is Bodytite?
BodyTite is an FDA-approved treatment developed to melt away unwanted fat and tighten loose skin in one procedure. This technique is also referred to as radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis, or RFALTM. BodyTite is an in-office treatment that offers significant benefits as a minimally-invasive, non-surgical body-contouring procedure.
Treatment areas include:
- Love handles
- Backs of the arms
- Thighs and knees
- Bra line on the back
- Breasts (male and female)
What Is Facetite?
FaceTite follows the same energetic technology as BodyTite. This RFALTM treatment is also conducted in the office. The intent of the procedure is to rejuvenate the face by affecting both fat cells and collagen-producing cells for maximum improvement of common concerns such as:
- Minor submental fullness (double chin)
- Sagging jowls
- Drooping eyebrows
- Loose neck skin
What Does RFAL Stand For?
RFAL is a term which describes radiofrequency assisted lipolysis. Radiofrequency is a type of thermal energy that melts fat cells. The heat that is absorbed from this energy also causes existing collagen strands to contract. Furthermore, the fibroblast cells that make new collagen are affected by radiofrequency, leading to increased collagen production for a period of months. The combined effects of RFAL treatment maximize facial and body contouring without increasing the complexity of treatment or downtime.
Who Is a Candidate for Bodytite or Facetite?
Many adults are great candidates for non-surgical facial and body treatments using radiofrequency technology. If you are concerned with the appearance of jowls, submental fullness, excess belly fat or other age-related cosmetic complaints but aren’t ready to commit to a surgical investment, you may be interested in the single-visit treatment that can achieve lasting results.
How Are These Procedures Different Than Liposuction?
BodyTite treatment improves contours by melting fat and tightening superficial tissue through internal and external probes. The benefits of treatment are achieved without general anesthesia and with incisions that are so small they do not require stitches.
Liposuction is a common surgical procedure that removes unwanted fatty deposits by injecting tumescent fluid beneath the skin and extracting swollen fat cells. Alternatively, liposuction may be assisted by laser, vibrational, or ultrasound technology, each of which is intended to disrupt fat cells for easier extraction. While surgical liposuction can decrease the number of fat cells in a given area, there is a risk of unsatisfactory results. This often relates to the skin laxity that remains after surgery.
BodyTite is a great treatment solution for individuals who want to promote both body contours and skin tightness.
How Long Does a Bodytite Procedure Take?
The BodyTite procedure includes injections of local anesthetic for small treatment areas. This medication becomes effective within moments. Then, a tiny incision is made in the skin to allow the insertion of a small internal probe. Parallel to the internal probe is an external probe. This design maximizes the absorption of energy by delivering radiofrequency from above as well as below. The external electrode and internal probe are passed across the skin, precisely eating adipose tissue and superficial layers of the skin. The device has a built-in mechanism that maintains controlled heating for safe, effective results. Each treatment area may take from 30 to 45 minutes.
How Long Does a Facetite Procedure Take?
FaceTite treatment is performed using a small handpiece that features an external electrode and internal wand that are positioned parallel to one another. The internal piece is inserted through a pin-hole incision in the skin after tissue has been numbed with local anesthetic. Together, the two ends of the handpiece emit radiofrequency to superficial tissue to melt fat cells and tighten collagen strands for immediate and long-term results. Treatment usually takes no more than 45 minutes.
What Is the Recovery Time After RFAL?
Many patients who undergo BodyTite or FaceTite treatment are able to recover without the use of pain medication. The primary side effect after RFAL treatment is swelling. Soreness or tenderness may also be felt but these sensations typically subside quickly. Some patients report that their treatment area feels numb for several hours and that this transitions to itching once sensation returns. Bruising and redness are also side effects that may develop, along with skin roughness or irregularity. These are normal effects of thermal energy and collagen remodeling that diminish over several days.
Can Bodytite or Facetite Be Combined with Other Procedures?
BodyTite and FaceTite are minimally-invasive procedures that are commonly combined with other procedures. Depending on the extent of body-contouring that is desired, some patients choose to combine BodyTite with surgical liposuction. FaceTite, as well, can be combined with liposuction to reduce submental fullness. Laser skin resurfacing and injectable treatments may also be combined into a rejuvenating treatment plan.
What Are the Benefits of RFAL over Traditional Liposuction?
The primary benefit of RFAL over surgical liposuction is that this technology eliminates the need for general anesthesia. Incisions are minimal and do not need to be sutured closed. No drains, and no prescription pain medication is necessary to support comfortable recovery. On the other hand, RFAL treatment has demonstrated significant results that can last up to five years.