What is BodyTite?
Dr. Kearney is proud to offer patients BodyTite by Inmode which is an advanced body contouring and skin tightening system that gives surgical results without the scars. It’s a great solution for individuals who are looking to reduce fat while also wanting to tighten and lift loose skin, which is often the result of weight loss, aging or childbirth. As patient interest in non-surgical solutions rises, BodyTite allows Dr. Kearney to offer another treatment option that can help patients achieve a more youthful appearance without having to undergo traditional surgery. Never before have we seen a machine deliver surgery-like results without the incisions and downtime of traditional surgery.
BodyTite uses RFAL (Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis) technology to deliver highly controlled radiofrequency energy that causes skin and subcutaneous tissue to contract. After administering a local anesthetic, Dr. Kearney inserts a small cannula beneath the skin with an external electrode placed on the skin’s surface. This highly-controlled thermal field works by delivering rapid and uniform heating which simultaneously liquefies the fat under the skin and “shrink-wraps” the tissue. System safeguards regulate skin temperature to ensure patient safety.
What are the benefits of BodyTite
- Minimal downtime, bruising, and pain
- The outpatient procedure under local anesthesia
- Surface skin contraction of up to 47%
- No incisions
BodyTite can be used on the upper arms, abdomen, thighs, knees, and even the breasts in some cases. An improvement can be seen soon after treatment with the most noticeable results appearing in 3-6 months and skin contraction can continue for up to a year. BodyTite can also be used for patients who don’t necessarily have excess fat but just want an improvement in skin laxity.
The BodyTite procedure must be performed by a skilled physician and Dr. Kearney is one of the very first Plastic Surgeons in San Diego to offer BodyTite. The machine is ONLY available to Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. For more information about Board Certification click here.
To find out if BodyTite is right for you, contact our San Diego office.
How long does a BodyTite procedure take?
These procedures can vary depending upon the area of the body being treated. Our patients from San Diego and the surrounding areas usually opt to have more than a single area treatment in a single session. As a general rule, it takes about 15 to 30 minutes to treat a single area.
Why is BodyTite better than traditional liposuction?
The reason our patients are so excited about BodyTite is that it takes liposuction and improves it. By adding radiofrequency energy to liposuction, BodyTite has numerous advantages over traditional liposuction:
- Superior body contouring — Because the RF energy liquefies the fat that is then instantly suctioned away, contouring is smoother and avoids the lumpy, irregular appearance that can occur after liposuction.
- Skin contraction — The heating that melts the fat also causes a “wound” response in the dermis layer of the skin. This causes the skin to contract down and the body produces new amounts of collagen (the skin’s structural support protein) to send to the perceived “wound.” Traditional liposuction doesn’t cause the skin to contract.
- Controlled directional energy distribution — Because the RF energy transfers from the cannula through the tissue up to the external handpiece, the direction can be precisely controlled. This maximizes the RF energy utilization while ensuring there is little risk of thermal damage to surrounding tissues. This allows Dr. Kearney to be more precise in targeting and removing fat.
- Decreased downtime — Liposuction involves tissue trauma, as the cannula is moved back and forth under the skin to break up fat pockets. By using RF energy to break down and liquefy fat, the cannula with BodyTite gently extracts the fat. This creates far less bruising, swelling, and downtime.
When will I see my results from BodyTite?
BodyTite provides both instant results and results that build for the next three months. The liquefied fat is suctioned away and is gone for good. Any liquefied fat that was missed will be removed from the body through the lymphatic system over the next couple of weeks. BodyTite removes between 25 and 45 percent of the fat in the treatment areas.
The secondary aspect of BodyTite, skin tightening, isn’t immediate. The wound response that is triggered when RF energy enters the dermis layer of the skin is gradual, but it lasts for about three months. Over that time, you will notice dramatically slimmer contour across your treatment areas.
How long will my BodyTite results last?
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.
What is recovery like after a BodyTite procedure?
After your procedure, Dr. Kearney will have you wear compression garments on the areas treated with BodyTite. These usually need to be worn for two weeks to help your body adapt to its new slimmer contours. Most patients can usually return to work in a couple of days. There can be some slight bruising and swelling that can linger for a couple of weeks. Pain is minimal and can be managed with ibuprofen. This is categorized as a minimally invasive procedure.
What should I expect during my BodyTite consultation?
Dr. Kearney views all of his consultations for any procedure as a complete back and forth of information between the two of you. He encourages you to ask any and all questions you may have. You’ll start the consultation, describing the areas you are unhappy with and what you hope to achieve with BodyTite.
Then Dr. Kearney will examine the areas to be treated. He’ll test your skin’s elasticity, as there needs to still be elasticity in the skin so that it can tighten down over the slimmer contours once much of the underlying fat has been liquified and removed. Next, he’ll describe the procedure in detail. He’ll likely include some before and after photos to allow you to get an idea of the results you can expect. He’ll explain the minimal risks involved and the recovery timeframe. Throughout all of this time, Dr. Kearney wants you to ask any questions that come to mind.
When your consultation is completed, whether you choose to go ahead with your radiofrequency-assisted liposuction or not, you should be well-versed in everything involved with the procedure.