BodyTite – Radio Frequency Laser Assisted Liposuction
What is Radio-frequency Assisted Lipolysis ?
Radio-frequency Laser Lipolysis (or laser liposuction) is a revolutionary fat removal technique that targets unwanted, stubborn fat pocked and areas of loose skin that are usually non-responsive to diet and exercise.
Radio-frequency Assisted liposuction can be administered anywhere the body stores fat, typically:
- Underarms (“Bat Wings”)
- Flanks (“Love Handles”)
- Thighs (inner and outer)
Benefits of Radio-frequency Assisted Lipolysis over other forms of Liposuction
The Aesthetics Centre uses the Invasix BodyTite™ device for all Radio-frequency Assisted Liposuction procedures carried out at the centre.
The advantages of BodyTite™ over other forms of liposuction include:
- Most importantly – lower cost! Radio-frequency Assisted liposuction is typically cheaper than traditional liposuction due to its short duration and use of only local anaesthesia.
- Safety – as with Laser liposuction, Radio-frequency Assisted liposuction is considered to be safer than traditional liposuction.
- Skin tightening – Traditional liposuction can leave loose skin where fat has been removed. The BodyTite™ process uses precise dermal heating to stimulate fibroblasts which in turn produce collagen, prompting the skin to tighten and firm.
- Little or no downtime – The BodyTite™ process is minimally invasive, and does not require a general anaesthetic. This means that you can drive to and from the procedure and be back at work within a day or two, with minimal discomfort. For minor procedures, it may be possible to be back at work the same day.
- Minimal bruising, due to the cauterising nature of the procedure.
Who is a suitable candidate for Radio-frequency Assisted Lipolysis?
As with the Laser Lipolysis procedure, Radio-frequency Assisted Lipolysis is ideal for people who have a normal BMI and are not significantly overweight. A healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet is necessary to maintain the results. In addition, we often recommend this procedure for our older clients, or clients who have loose skin*.
To be a good candidate for BodyTite™, the patient should have realistic expectations about the procedure’s capabilities. While the BodyTite™ can improve a person’s appearance and self-confidence, it won’t necessarily match your mental ideal, nor will it cause other people to act differently toward you.
Before any patient decides to have BodyTite™, they need to think carefully about their expectations and discuss them with the doctor during the consultation visit.
How effective is BodyTite™ and when can a patient expect to see results?
The patient can feel a difference in the fat volume at the time of the procedure. There are small changes visible after the swelling has settled down.
The overall result depends on the severity of the area to be treated, but dramatic improvements are usually seen approximately four to six weeks after treatment. Results will continue to improve over the next few months as the fat volume continues to decrease and the skin starts to tighten – with final results after four to six months*.
What about cellulite?
Cellulite is essentially fat with hardened cell walls and fibrous bands causing tethering of the cells. The Radio-frequency assisted liposuction will break down the fibrous bands causing the dimpling in the treated area.
Does it hurt?
A local anaesthetic is applied to the area to be treated and the procedure is virtually painless. The initial introduction of local anaesthesia may be uncomfortable and the patient may experience an odd sensation of the laser moving in the fatty tissue, but this is not painful.
How many treatments are needed?
Our patients usually only need one treatment, but this does depend on their size and the number of areas they want treated. It also depends on how well they maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The doctor doing the assessment will advise on this at the initial consultation. A maximum of three areas can be treated at one time, and it will take approximately five hours to do the three areas.
Will the patient need to take time off work?
Our patients usually need to take the day of the procedure off and ideally we would recommend that they take the day off after the procedure as well.
What must be done before the treatment (pre-operative care)?
Patients will be advised at their initial assessment about pre-operative do’s and don’ts. ie: Avoid blood thinners including anti-inflammatories as they will lead to bruising. This includes Omegas 3 and 6.
What must be done after treatment (post-operative care)?
Each patient receives a post-care form in their post-operative kit. Instructions among others are:
- To wear an elasticised garment on the treated area for two weeks.
- Take a course of antibiotics.
- No high-impact exercise for two weeks, but don’t stop exercising (cycling, walking and rowing are good low impact aerobic exercises).
- You may have sutures, and these will need to be removed after 7 days.
- All patients will need to attend two follow-up consultations: one at 6 weeks and one at 6 months. This is to check on their results and to address any concerns they may have in their recovery phase. These consultations are free of charge.
Safety and Complications
In normal circumstances, there is no health risk associated with BodyTite™. One of our doctors will assess suitability at the initial consultation.
Minor bruising or discomfort may occur in the first 24 hours and antibiotics are given for five days after the procedure to prevent infection.
Dr Jenni Irvine is the first practitioner in South Africa to use the BodyTite™. She has had extensive training in both the UK and Israel for the system and is the one of the most experienced practitioners in South Africa in the field of Laser Lipolysis.
Our Doctors performing BodyTite™ are all highly regarded GPs working in the Benoni area, who have been personally trained by Dr Irvine.
How does Radio-frequency Assisted Lipolysis work?
A tiny needle is used to inject local anaesthesia in order for the incision to be made. Local anaesthesia is then pumped into the area, under the skin to numb the area that needs to be treated. The radio-frequency is then applied to destroy the fat cells. While the fat is being melted, it is aspirated using suction through the same internal probe delivering the radio-frequency energy.
The “melted fat” not suctioned off at the time of the procedure is metabolised and excreted by the body over the next few weeks. At the same time the laser cauterises any small blood vessels that may have been damaged thus preventing excessive bruising.
The heat of the laser causes collagen to contract and stimulates fibroblasts to produce new collagen, prompting tightening of the overlying skin to provide a smooth sculpted appearance*.
The procedure is done using tumescent local anaesthetic and does not require a general anaesthetic.
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