Reduce fat, tighten skin, and reshape your body with less downtime
Achieving the fit, firm shape we want can be easier said than done. Diet and exercise can help us shed pounds, but what if stubborn fat and loose skin persist even after we reach our goal weight? That's where BodyTite™ comes in. This minimally invasive body contouring procedure combines the tried-and-true fat reduction and sculpting of liposuction with the proven, long-lasting skin tightening power of radiofrequency (RF) energy to deliver superb sculpting with less scarring and very little downtime.
We're proud to offer BodyTite™ at PSCHR, as it provides patients with the "best of both worlds" when it comes to achieving a firm, slender, and beautifully shaped body.
Why we love BodyTite™ (and you'll love it too)
Reduces fat and tightens skin without additional surgery
Traditional liposuction is great for reducing fat and sculpting, but it can't tighten skin. Patients must have good skin contraction or consider additional surgery to remove excess, sagging skin to get a great result. BodyTite™ solves this problem by delivering targeted RF energy during liposuction, which heats the deeper skin layers, causing them to instantly contract and build new collagen for months after treatment.
Much less downtime
On average, patients are back to desk work and other daily activities within 2 to 3 days after BodyTite™, compared to a week or more after traditional liposuction. Total downtime will depend on the areas you have treated and your normal activity level.
Skin tightening without the scarring
Surgery to remove excess, sagging skin leaves linear scars. For patients with mild to moderate skin sagging, BodyTite™ can achieve surgery-like results using only the liposuction access incisions, which measure less than half an inch in length.
Am I a good candidate for BodyTite™?
Patients who may not be ideal candidates for traditional liposuction because they don't have optimal skin elasticity are often great candidates for BodyTite™! However, BodyTite™ is not meant to eliminate loose, hanging skin and is not a substitute for body lifting procedures, such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift. In general, BodyTite™ is likely a good option for you if:
- You're bothered by pockets of stubborn fat on your arms, legs, or body
- You want a procedure with minimal downtime
- You desire a skin tightening benefit
- You are in good overall health
- You are at a stable weight that you're happy with
Is BodyTite painful?
There is no pain with a BodyTite™ session. We locally numb the treatment areas and then inject a tumescent solution that contains anesthetic. You won’t feel anything. Afterwards there is some soreness, but it is not acute and is easily manageable.
What areas can be treated with BodyTite™?
BodyTite™ can be used to reduce fat and tighten skin nearly anywhere on the body, including:
- Love handles
- Back and bra fat
- Upper Arms
We also offer FaceTite, which uses the same technology to lift and firm sagging tissues on the face and neck. Learn more about FaceTite »
What are the risks associated with BodyTite™?
Immediate side effects may include mild tenderness and soreness at the treatment sites. This can make it somewhat uncomfortable walking and making certain movements, but these issues are easily manageable with over-the-counter pain medications and they typically resolve within a day or so.
You may have some mild swelling and bruising, redness, and some skin sensitivity across the treatment areas. Your skin may appear somewhat uneven across the treated areas. This can persist for a few weeks and is a normal aspect of lipolysis. But this diminishes as the remaining fat cells adjust and become evenly distributed after the disruption created by removing a significant number of these cells.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for a BodyTite™ session?
There isn’t any preparation required. Our Hampton Roads plastic surgeons perform BodyTite™ with the patient under only local anesthesia, so there aren’t any restrictions on eating or the like.
What kind of anesthesia is used for a BodyTite™ procedure?
We use local anesthesia combined with a tumescent solution for our BodyTite™ procedures. The tumescent solution is a combination of sterile saline water, epinephrine, and lidocaine. The lidocaine provides a second level of local numbing across the treatment areas. This combination makes this a painless, comfortable procedure for our patients.
How many BodyTite™ procedures do I need?
At Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads, our BodyTite™ procedures are meant to be stand alone, single treatments. You don’t need multiple sessions to achieve substantial body contouring. Of course, after you see your results, you may want to treat additional areas in the future.
The BodyTite™ procedure at PSCHR
Our board-certified plastic surgeons perform BodyTite™ at our private, accredited surgery center for your comfort and safety. The BodyTite™ instrument contains a long, very thin cannula (tube) that is inserted through a tiny access incision into the fat layer beneath the skin.
This cannula also emits radiofrequency, which melts excess fat while tightening skin and increasing collagen production. An outer disc that sits on the skin's surface monitors the temperature of the RF energy, ensuring that tissues are heated enough to induce the desired changes while also minimizing the risk of damage.
Following treatment, you will spend a little while in our recovery room before going home to continue your recovery.
How long does a BodyTite™ procedure take?
These procedures vary depending upon the area of the body being treated. Our patients from Williamsburg, Newport News, and the surrounding areas usually opt to have more than a single area treated in a single session. As a general rule, it takes about 15 to 30 minutes to treat a single area.
What is the recovery after BodyTite™?
Patients typically experience very little bruising and swelling and only mild to moderate soreness following the procedure. After taking it easy for a few days, you will be back to normal activities fairly quickly. Strenuous exercise is usually allowed after 2 to 3 weeks. Results are evident within a few days and continue to improve for several months as the skin further contracts and any post-procedure swelling resolves. Results should last as long as you maintain a stable weight and a healthy diet and exercise program.
Are my results with BodyTite™ permanent?
The fat cells that are broken down and liquified by BodyTite™ are gone for good. The skin tightening provided by the RF energy builds as the body produces new collagen. This new collagen is permanent, but the body is continuing to produce one percentage point less collagen every year as we get older, so your skin will loosen somewhat as you continue to age. But, as long as you maintain a healthy weight and lead an active lifestyle, your slimmer contour provided by BodyTite™ will endure.
Learn more about BodyTite™ at a consultation
The best way to find out if BodyTite™ is right for you is to meet with an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon. Call 757-873-3500 or contact us online anytime to request your appointment.