The BodyTite™ procedure uses Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction technology (RFAL). This technology utilises the innovative and FDA Approved device to literally heat and melt fat safely, which is then removed through continual aspiration via the cannula.
The device is very safe as the cannula probe that delivers the radio frequency energy into the fat layer under the skin is continuously measuring both the internal and the external skin temperature during the treatment. Once the optimum temperature is achieved the device shuts off the energy reducing any risks of burns.
The fat under the skin is held in small compartments of fibrous collagen tissue known as the fibro-septal network. The high temperatures achieved with the BodyTite™ procedure breaks down this fibrous network and destroys the fat cells, which are then easily removed through aspiration, literally sucking the fat out effortlessly.
During the treatment there is an immediate contraction of the fibro-septal network followed by a gradual remodeling of the collagen over the following months resulting in a permanent contraction with tightening of the skin above that is connected to it.
This is the unique feature that results in significant skin tightening associated with BodyTite™ RFAL over the other methods of fat removal such as traditional liposuction and fat freezing (CoolSculpting) where skin tightening doesn’t occur.
What does the treatment involve?
Would I be suitable for a BodyTite™ procedure?
BodyTite™ is a very effective fat removal and body contouring procedure suitable for most people. The ideal patient for this procedure should have a healthy weight, but have stubborn areas of fat and/or skin that would benefit from tightening, which hasn’t responded to diet and exercise. It is not a treatment for those who are significantly overweight looking to loose a large amount of fat from multiple areas of the body where diet and other methods are required.
What is the first step if I am considering a BodyTite™ procedure?
We recommend booking an initial consultation for anyone considering the procedure to set realistic expectations. Everyone has different needs and expectations and Dr Strawford will examine and assess how a BodyTite™ procedure could help in your situation. He will also suggest alternative treatments and solutions as appropriate so that you are able to make a fully informed decision as to whether BodyTite™ is the best solution to help meet your own personal expectations and goals.
What happens on the day of the procedure?
Dr Strawford will examine and mark out the area to be treated and take pictures for your medical records.
The procedure is undertaken in our sterile operating theatre and you are prepped by cleaning and sterilizing the skin of the area to be treated.
Local anaesthetic fluid is injected in to the fat to make the area numb and allow safe heating of the fat.
Small incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to allow insertion of the BodyTite™ cannula device in to the area of fat to be treated.
The BodyTite™ cannula simultaneously delivers the radiofrequency energy to heat and melt the fat at the same time it is aspirated or sucked out of your body.
The procedure is finished once the desired amount of fat has been removed and the area heated to the appropriate level to induce skin tightening and contraction. Usually the whole procedure takes between 2 and 3 hours.
At the end of the procedure you will be helped to put on a compression garment to support the area that has been treated.
Following the procedure you will be observed in the clinic for 30-60 minutes to make sure you have made a full recovery before being allowed to go home.
We advise that you shouldn’t drive yourself home following the procedure.
Does BodyTite hurt?
BodyTite™ is classed as a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can safely be undertaken with only the need for local anaesthetic.
Most patients report only minimal discomfort and tolerate the procedure very well. We can also offer those patients who are very anxious or concerned about the discomfort of the procedure, Entonox, known as ‘gas and air’, which is often used to help women when giving birth.
What should I expect following BodyTite?
Afterwards you will need to wear the compression garment for 23 hours per day for the first three weeks and then for a minimum of 12 hours per day for the next three weeks.
The compression garment is needed to prevent the build up of body fluid in the fat compartment that has been treated and to maximize the contraction of the fat compartment and aid the skin tightening.
In the first 24 hours following the procedure there will be some leakage of the anaesthetic fluid from the small incisions and you will be provided with appropriate dressings to cover the area.
You will be required to take a course of antibiotics for seven days to prevent the risk of infection in the treated area.
There is minimal discomfort following the procedure and you will be provided with analgesia to take if required.
We advise resting for 2-3 days to aid recovery before returning to normal activities and work.
Exercise and sport can be resumed after 7 days and is encouraged to aid recovery and improve the outcome from treatment.
What are the side effects or risks associated with BodyTite?
Bruising is common in the treated area.
Swelling can occur which can last up to one month but is reduced by wearing the compression garment as advised.
Lumpiness and uneven skin in the treated area is common and usually resolves within the first month.
Abnormal scaring and pigmentation. The incisions needed are very small 5mm and usually heal with minimum scarring in most cases.
Diminished or altered sensation in the treatment area is common due to the heating effect of the nerves in the skin but usually completely resolves within the first few months.
Serious complications such as infection, haematoma, seroma, and burns to the skin are very rare and much less common than with traditional liposuction procedures.
What results can I typically expect to see?
The results seen with BodyTite™ should be permanent. However as with all body contouring and fat reduction procedures, this will only be the case if you continue to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle, incorporating regular exercise following your treatment. BodyTite™ and other fat removal treatments do not prevent future weight gain and the build up of new fat cells unless this advice is followed.
You will see an immediate improvement with a loss of volume in the treated area from the removal of the fat at the end of the procedure. However, although there is some initial contraction of the skin during the procedure, the remodelling of the fibrous tissue in the fat compartment and the resulting tightening and smoothing of the skin can take several months before the benefits of the treatment can be seen. This process continues for up to one year following treatment but most patients see a significant benefit after 3-6 months.
In a small number of patients, with excessive laxity, a second BodyTite™ procedure may be needed to obtain the desired results and this can be considered after 6-9 months.
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The entire procedure is undertaken by qualified cosmetic clinicians.
The risk of raised asymmetrical surfaces and post operative complications as often experienced by more invasive procedures is eradicated, and post operative tissue bruising and swelling is greatly reduced.
Consultation Fee payable in advance £100, refunded against payment. On booking actual procedure, £500 payable in advance, non-refundable
No. of treatments1
Recovery Time2 - 3 days
Procedure time2 - 3 hours
Back to normalUsually after one week back to full activities. Compression garment worn for six weeks
Duration of ResultsIndefinite as long as weigh remains stable and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
AnaestheticTumescent Local Anaesthesia
DISCLAIMER: We are all unique. This means that treatment plans, the results, down time and recovery following treatment will vary from patient to patient. The information we provide is based on the extensive experience we have gained from treating a wide variety of patients, both men and women of different ages and is based on an average treatment experience. For more accurate information about how the treatment experience would be for you, we suggest you make a CONSULTATION with Dr Strawford at one of our clinics.
Why choose Skin Excellence Clinics
What makes Skin Excellence Clinics so special and why should you choose to have your medical cosmetic treatment with us?
- The guiding principle of Skin Excellence Clinics has always been to deliver exceptional patient care: this was the focus in 2005 when Dr Strawford started in the field of medical aesthetics and has remained the ethos we have followed for the past 11 years.
- Dr Ian Strawford, founder of Skin Excellence Clinics will help you to find the right solution: but only if appropriate for your needs and expectations
- You will receive a free medical consultation, where you will be given plenty of time and space to consider all of your options, before deciding if treatment may be right for you.
- We source the best products through official UK Pharmacies: we do not risk the safety of our patients, the quality of our service or the results of your treatments.
- Whilst many people naturally assume that cosmetic treatments are all about beautification: we can help to reduce the psychological and emotional effects of scarring, acne, rosacea, excessive sweating, hair loss and skin lesions.