The best candidates are individuals with a relatively normal body weight (less than 20% overweight) that has been stable for at least 6 months. Having firm, elastic skin prior to time of the procedure will enhance the skin tightening results of the procedure. Body contour irregularities due to structures other than fat will not improve with liposuction. Liposuction will have minimal impact on cellulite.
BODYtite/FACEtite liposuction surgery is performed in an office setting under local anesthesia (nitrous oxide gas will be offered as well). The patient usually takes oral pain medication prior to the start of surgery. The area to be treated is photographed and then marked. The skin is anesthetized at each incision site and very small incisions are made in the treatment area. A small hollow tube called a cannula is inserted and an anesthetic solution containing lidocaine and epinephrine is infused into the treatment area (tumescent solution). The cannula is then removed and the BODYtite/FACEtite radiofrequency device is inserted into the incision. The device heats the fat cells causing them to break and liquefy and at the same time, it is heating the skin from the inside as well as the outside thereby stimulating collagen for skin tightening. The device is removed and another cannula is inserted. The liquefied fat and tumescent are suctioned out of the treated area. The device may be re-inserted at this time and the underlying skin heated to produce optimal collagen stimulation resulting in skin tightening. At this time, the procedure has been completed. The incisions will be covered and a compression garment/dressing applied.