BodyTite is an innovative technology that non-surgically tightens skin and removes unwanted fat. It works by gently heating the skin and fat using controlled radiofrequency energy. Having been cleared by the FDA, BodyTite is both effective and safe. This advanced technology can be safely used essentially anywhere on the body and is most commonly done on the abdomen, flanks, arms, breasts/chest, and thighs. Often, BodyTite is combined with liposuction for an even more dramatic, minimally-invasive result. FaceTite is the complementary modality for treating the neck and jowl area to restore a youthful, natural-looking neck and jawline.
WHO IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR BODYTITE?
As with any new technology, BodyTite represents an evolution from older energy-based devices such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, and VASER. BodyTite can be used alone or in conjunction with liposuction or surgery. In many patients, liposuction alone may be limited by the skin’s ability to “shrink" once the fat has been removed. With the addition of BodyTite, the results can be greatly improved.
The ideal candidate for BodyTite with or without liposuction is, therefore, near their ideal weight with mild to moderate excess skin. Those with significant skin excess will generally be best served by excisional type procedures (tummy tuck, for example). Although liposuction can create dramatic, yet natural changes to your physique, it is NOT effective as a weight-loss tool. The body mass index (BMI) should be 30 or less.
HOW DOES BODYTITE WORK?
BodyTite can be done alone or, more commonly, in conjunction with liposuction. The procedure can be done with local anesthetic only (numbing medicine applied while you are awake), under sedation, or under general anesthesia depending on areas treated and your preferences. Regardless of which you choose, Dr. Sailon begins by gently putting numbing medicine in the relevant areas. This fluid also contains a medication to temporarily constrict small blood vessels thereby increasing safety and minimizing bruising.
Once you are comfortable, a needle is used to create a small opening in the skin. Dr. Sailon then guides a thin fiber beneath the skin. Radiofrequency energy is emitted from the tip. Both an internal and external thermometer ensure that the tissue is heated to the right amount without creating a burn. During this portion of the procedure, Dr. Sailon does everything possible to minimize any discomfort you might feel.
The radiofrequency energy delivered causes lipolysis (elimination of fat cells) and skin tightening. A small amount of tightening may be noticed immediately but results are typically seen after one month with a peak effect at 6 months.
What is the recovery from BodyTite?
Because BodyTite is minimally invasive, the recovery period is very quick. If done alone, you may generally return to work and normal activities the same day. A small amount of bruising and swelling can occur but this is far less than with standard surgical procedures. You may be asked to wear a compressive garment, particularly if liposuction was done in conjunction.