Am I a candidate for BodyTite?
Non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures for the body have been having a serious moment in the past few years. With new treatment technologies available, patients now have the ability to choose between many different options that best fit their lifestyle and their specific needs. One of these procedures, is BodyTite, a versatile skin-tightening procedure that we are proud to offer at CosmetiCare in Newport Beach.
What is BodyTite?
In short, BodyTite uses radiofrequency technology, which serves a dual purpose: the radio waves can produce a type of thermal energy to melt targeted fat deposits and/or the energy can be harnessed to improve skin firmness and smoothness. It is a less invasive alternative to other traditional excisional procedures. It is marketed as a “scarless” procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia, as opposed to general anesthesia.
What’s the Difference Between BodyTite and Liposuction?
There is some confusion surrounding BodyTite and Liposuction because some patients are candidates for both procedures. However, BodyTite and Liposuction offer different approaches to body contouring. Any assumption that they’re basically the same treatment with different names is false.
In a liposuction procedure, the fat cells are manually broken up by the surgeon using the cannula tube and then “vacuumed” out through its suction. With BodyTite, radiofrequency produces a thermal energy field that can melt fat if desired, but more importantly, the radiofrequency technology stimulates collagen production and results in much tighter and smoother skin. This latter point is a big draw for many patients and what sets BodyTite apart from other procedures.
Additionally, liposuction is often paired with a skin excision and lift procedure, such as abdominoplasty (aka a Tummy Tuck), in order to achieve a tighter and smoother result. There is no skin removed with BodyTite. Some of the best BodyTite outcomes occur with patients who have recently experienced weight loss and who have a desire to tighten their resulting skin laxity without actually removing any skin.
Who is BodyTite For?
There is often a misguided belief that BodyTite can be effective for those with large amounts of unwanted body fat. In actuality, BodyTite is the perfect procedure for patients who have already lost weight on their own through diet and exercise.
Patients should be close to or at their ideal weight before considering BodyTite. BodyTite is not a weight loss solution. It is a solution for improving small regions of the body and tightening skin in those problem areas.
The most important take away is that when it comes to body contouring, there is not a “one-size fits all” procedure. For some, liposuction is a better option and for others, BodyTite, CoolSculpting, or other less invasive or non-invasive procedures are more appropriate. They can all offer incredible results, but you’ll need to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to effectively choose which is best for your needs and to achieve your desired outcome.
If you are considering BodyTite in Orange County, request a complimentary consultation with our team of experts. Consultation requests may be placed online or you can give us a call any time to learn more about your options and to find out if BodyTite is right for you.