Body contouring has historically been challenging when left only to diet and exercise. Stubborn areas of fat may linger for years, causing frustration and even lowering confidence. In recent years, we have seen a number of advances in body contouring procedures. BodyTite are innovative techniques that we are proud to offer in our Stony Brook cosmetic surgery practice.
What is BodyTite?
BodyTite is an FDA-approved device that melts fat and tightens skin simultaneously. It is a radiofrequency assisted lipolysis, or RFAL™, procedure that may be performed in the comfort of our private treatment room or operating room under local anesthesia, mild sedation or general anesthesia depending upon the complexity and the extent of the body areas being treated. BodyTite is the first device of its kind, designed to heat dermal tissue from above and within for more consistent results.
How Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis Works
BodyTite is conducted through a unique handpiece that deploys radiofrequency energy from both an internal probe and an external electrode. The internal probe is inserted through a tiny incision. When moved across the treatment area, the electrode and internal probe precisely heat adipose tissue as well as superficial tissue beneath the skin. Built-in mechanisms ensure that the appropriate degree of heating occurs without damaging the skin.
What can BodyTite be used for?
Using innovative applicators, we are able to contour areas of the body including the:
- Love handles
- Inner and outer thighs
Does BodyTite require anesthesia?
Small areas are easily treated while awake with local anesthesia. Some patients may also desire mild sedation may be administered prior to treatment to promote emotional comfort. When several areas are being treated at the same time, general anesthesia is also an option. As treatment begins, anesthetic fluid infiltrates superficial tissue via a special hollow tube (cannula). Most patients describe sensing nothing more than minor pressure during BodyTite treatments.
Are there any side effects to RFAL?
Immediate side effects may include mild tenderness and soreness in the treatment area, which can make walking and physical movements somewhat uncomfortable. Such sensations dissipate over several hours, and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication if necessary. Full physical comfort typically returns after a few days of healing.
Additional side effects that may occur include minor swelling and bruising, redness, and sensitivity when treated skin is touched. The skin may appear uneven for a few weeks after treatment, as well. This is a normal aspect of lipolysis that should diminish as fat cells become more evenly distributed after the slight disruption during treatment.
Can BodyTite be combined with other procedures?
Because BodyTite involves small incisions and fat melting via a tiny probe, this procedure is sometimes combined with liposuction. The extracted cells may be used in a fat grafting process to augment another part of the body. Contact our office for further details on combining BodyTite with additional procedures.
What are the benefits of BodyTite?
BodyTite is referred to as a scar-less body contouring procedure because the multidimensional use of focused radiofrequency achieves better results with less invasive technique.
Why choose BodyTite over another procedure?
Patients appreciate specific aspects of BodyTite, including:
- Expedited treatment process (30 to 90 minutes).
- Uniform results without the need for excision.
- Outstanding safety measures through multiple safeguards to monitor skin temperature.
- Anesthesia-free treatment harbors significantly lower risk.
- Decreased downtime for recovery due to fat liquefication prior to aspiration.
How long is the recovery?
Recovery time is relative to the extent of treatment conducted. Smaller treatment areas may need only a few days of downtime to return to optimal comfort. Larger areas, such as the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen, may need up to 10 days for full recovery.
The results attained with BodyTite may be noticed right away. However, skin tightening and body contouring improve progressively due to collagen production and cellular metabolism. This means that results may peak between 6 and 12 months.
Am I limited from any activities after the procedure?
Immediately after BodyTite treatment, patients are encouraged to rest at home for the remainder of the day, and possibly the following day, depending on the treatment area. Normal activities may be resumed gradually over the course of a few weeks, as tolerated during recovery.
Dr. Epstein offers a number of options for better body contours, including the latest VASER liposuction techniques and non-surgical treatments. To learn more about how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, call 631-689-1100.