Everything You Need to Know About this Body Sculpting Procedure

Posted December 22, 2021
BodyTite is a body sculpting procedure

Body Contouring or body sculpting has two goals, to eliminate fat and tighten the surrounding skin. And typically, to achieve these body-enhancing goals, it can take two separate steps. But with a BodyTite, this non-surgical procedure gets rid of fat and makes the skin tighter simultaneously with one device. 

Pretty impressive, right? 

Patients benefit from the convenience of addressing two different body concerns at once— stubborn pockets of fat and skin laxity. This translates to less time spent during a procedure and quicker recovery than other surgical body contouring options. 

We’ll explain how this minimally invasive liposuction melts away the fat while firming the skin to help deliver body contouring results. 

What is BodyTite?

BodyTite is an FDA-Approved liposuction procedure using radiofrequency, known as RFAL radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis. An advanced technique of liposuction that removes isolated areas of fat while simultaneously tightening the top layers of the skin using radiofrequency technology.

RFAL energy transforms into heat to gently melt the fat beneath the skin’s surface. At the same time, the thermal energy is placed on the top layer of skin to mold safely and tighten in a minimally invasive manner.

What Areas Does BodyTite Treat?

A BodyTite treatment aims to get rid of stubborn diet-resistant fat and tighten the slightly loose skin around the treated area. 

This two-step body contouring process is ideal for the following areas: 

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Bra line
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Male breasts

The same company that makes BodyTite also has a smaller device with the same technology to treat the face and neck called FaceTite

How Does the BodyTite Device Work?

Liposuction has been around for decades to treat unwanted pockets of fat, but what makes BodyTite different is the design and thermal technology of the device. 

We break down the key components of what makes BodyTite a unique body sculpting method—starting with the technology. 

Radiofrequency, also called radio waves, is generated when alternating waves are transmitted through a conductive material. These waves convert into thermal (heat) energy with the BodyTite device, which loosens the fat and connective tissue structure for removal and promotes the skin tightening process while stimulating future collagen production.

Lipolysis is the process of breaking down fat cells into liquefied fatty acids. The radio wave energy generated by the BodyTite device promotes this fat destroying process when inserted deep into the layers of the skin.

The BodyTite device is designed with two main parts:

The internal electrode is shaped like a thin cannula (similar to what is used in a traditional liposuction). The narrow metal rod is inserted in the adipose tissue (fat cell) layer emitting radio-frequency heat energy from its positively charged tip.

The external electrode is a circular disc that glides across the skin and emits negatively charged energy. The external electrode has a sensor to control the temperatures to ensure that the top layer of skin is not damaged.

Together, both the device’s negative and positive charge ensures the thermal energy targets the appropriate structures within the layers of the fat cells and deep into the dermal skin layer. The thermal energy from the radiofrequency stimulates new collagen growth and production, which promotes skin tightening.

BodyTite Procedure - Step-by-Step

A BodyTite procedure is an outpatient doctor’s visit that only requires local anesthesia mixed in the tumescent solution for the liposuction component of the treatment. After the procedure, the patient is released to recover at home. 

Here is a step-by-step guide to a BodyTite procedure.  

  • The treated areas are sanitized in preparation for the tiny incisions for the liposuction.
  • The surgeon marks the locations for insertions.
  • An anesthetic gel is applied to minimize pain from the insertion of the internal electrode and provides an extra layer of protection to the top layer of the skin from the external electrode.
  • The surgeon will make a tiny incision and insert the internal electrode deep into the layers of fatty tissue to melt the fat cells that turn into liquid and vacuum them out. 
  • Simultaneously the external electrode is placed on top of the skin, and the frequency is adjusted and controlled by the doctor. 
  • The incisions made are so tiny, it’s doesn’t require any sutures.

The recovery for a BodyTite Procedure is relatively brief. In most cases, patients can return to work within 2-3 days and can participate in strenuous activities 7-10 days after. 

What type of Results Do You Get with a BodyTite Procedure? 

Typically, patients will notice an immediate result from the fat removed by the liposuction. The final results will take up to 3 months to appear, and the skin will progressively improve in tightness and gradually become more robust from the new collagen growth.

BodyTite is a permanent procedure in conjunction with maintaining a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle. The fat cells that were destroyed during the treatment will not return. But if a person is not mindful of their weight, new fat deposits could form. 

What Makes a Good Candidate for BodyTite?

BodyTite should not be considered a weight-loss option or for patients with excessive sagging skin. Here are some general characteristics that make an ideal candidate for a BodyTite Procedure.

  • Good physical health and at their ideal weight
  • Isolated areas of fat that is resistant to diet and exercise
  • The skin is slightly loose and aging
  • Have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or less

Final Takeaway - BodyTite 

A body sculpting procedure doesn’t always involve surgery or combining multiple treatments. With the BodyTite method, it can contour and reshape areas on the body with its radiofrequency energy, all with one swift motion during this minimally invasive procedure. 

We recommend consulting with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to see if you are an ideal candidate for this unique and advanced liposuction procedure. 

To find a board-certified cosmetic surgeon experienced with a BodyTite procedure use our “Find a Doctor” navigation tool for a medical professional in your area. 

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