BodyTite Liposuction for Houston, TX, Patients
If your consistent diet and exercise aren’t erasing certain small fat deposits around your hips, arms, thighs, or other “trouble areas,” then you want a solution that targets those areas with the least amount of discomfort and disruption to your normal routine. At Texas Center for Breast and Body in Houston, TX, we’re proud to offer BodyTite liposuction to best suit the physical needs and body shape goals of our patients for those who want a safe and effective way to eliminate fat, without a long recovery period interfering with their active lifestyle. Contact our plastic surgery clinic in Houston for a private consultation with Dr. Schusterman, and together we’ll evaluate the best options available from among our range of technology, services, and expertise.
What is Bodytite?
We all have a need for tighter skin and a slimmer body from time to time. Your image is inextricably linked to your self-confidence, so why wouldn’t you want to have the best body for yourself? It’s directly helpful. But some people are either afraid of medically incapable of going through with liposuction or a tummy tuck. That’s where Bodytite comes in- a procedure which employs the use of precise radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production, effectively allowing skilled surgeons to sculpt your skin into the look you’re aiming for.
How is BodyTite Different from Traditional Liposuction?
BodyTite liposuction is a minimally invasive lipolysis technique designed to dissolve fatty deposits in targeted areas of the body, while simultaneously tightening the skin—something that traditional liposuction doesn’t do. BodyTite, also known as radio frequency-assisted liposuction, or RFAL, represents a major innovation in the field of body contouring, body sculpting, and liposuction. The procedure is suitable for both men and women who want to get rid of stubborn fatty deposits in localized areas of the body using the most advanced techniques available.
What is radiofrequency?
Radiofrequency, being a relatively new medical technology (only being in practice since 2001), may be unfamiliar to the public at large. For those left wanting for clarification, radiofrequency is a type of energy, measured on the electromagnetic spectrum. While it’s often used for other things- WiFi, for one- concentrated uses of it have shown to affect the human anatomy in interesting ways. When a discovery like this is made, the scientific community grinds into action in order to find ways to help it benefit humanity, and now they have, in the form of the Bodytite procedure.
How is BodyTite Different from Traditional Liposuction?
Now, just because it’s safe for almost everyone doesn’t mean it’s excluded from having some sort of requirement and criteria for receiving Bodytite therapy. There are some necessary qualifications that a candidate should meet before they consider Bodytite as the right choice for them.
During a BodyTite liposuction procedure, a hollow tube called a cannula is inserted beneath the skin through a tiny incision. Using an electrode placed on the surface of the skin, an electrical current flows between the tip of the cannula and the electrode, creating a contained field of thermal energy generated by the current. This technique heats and liquefies fat cells, which are then drawn out of the body via a regular liposuction cannula.
To tighten the remaining skin, the radio frequency waves used in the electrical current also stimulate the production of collagen, the natural protein responsible for keeping connective tissue in the skin tight and closely knit. The final result leaves the treated area looking and feeling firmer and more toned.
Watch the video to the right to see how BodyTite works.
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Moderate skin laxity
While this particular pre-requisite might exclude some of the older citizens from consideration, it’s important that patients who seek out treatments via the Bodytite procedure have at least moderate skin laxity. Too tight, and the procedure could harm the skin cells, and the same holds true for skin which is too baggy or loose.
Unfortunately for new mothers, you’re out of consideration if you’re pregnant. While Radiofrequency energy isn’t necessarily harmful to a baby, we don’t quite understand the full medical complications when it comes to the unborn enough yet to be able to rule out that it could harm the child, and it’s a risk any ethical doctor wouldn’t wish to run.
10-15 lbs from target
Finally, as bodytite is ostensibly a weight loss procedure, it’s a necessity that you are not be too far from your target weight. Bodytite can do a lot for you, but at the end of the day, hard dieting and exercise are what you truly need, and if you’re too far from your target weight, Bodytite won’t be able to safely hit that goal.
What Are the Benefits Of BodyTite?
One of the main benefits of BodyTite liposuction over traditional methods is that it’s a minimally invasive procedure that only requires tiny incisions. This means patients enjoy several benefits after surgery, including less bruising, pain, and discomfort during the recovery period compared to other surgical procedures. The risk of scarring and chances of infection are also minimized in a less invasive liposuction. The typical recovery time is one to two days, while some patients are able return to work the day after their procedure thanks to a quick recovery and minimal pain.
Another major advantage of BodyTite liposuction lies in the results. Because the radiofrequency waves not only dissolve unwanted fat, but also stimulate the production of collagen, BodyTite liposuction reduces the appearance of cellulite and firms the remaining skin. Compared to traditional liposuction, the tiny microcannulas used in BodyTite reduce the chance of developing lumps or other irregularities. For some patients who seek a tighter, leaner shape after losing some of their natural skin elasticity, this is a particularly effective solution in areas such as the lower belly and love handles.
Bodytite vs. Lipo and TummyTuck
Some people who consider weight loss procedures decide that the right way for them is liposuction or abdominoplasty (the tummy tuck). While these procedures have their own pros and cons, they’re certainly not for everyone. People who don’t want scars, are afraid of surgery, or have some medical complication that eliminates them from the pool of candidates for these surgeries see Bodytite as an alternative.
Are You a Good Candidate for BodyTite Liposuction?
Ideal candidates for BodyTite are adult men and women in good overall health and fitness, but can’t eliminate stubborn areas of localized fat deposits through their current diet and exercise routine. Like all liposuction techniques, BodyTite effectively reduces body fat, but it is not a weight loss surgery or fast track to better fitness. Severely obese patients are typically not good candidates for the procedure until they achieve a healthy body mass index through natural methods, and anyone who undergoes BodyTite liposuction will need to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle post-surgery to maintain their results.
Areas of the body treated
While the bodytite procedure could, in theory, be applied to any part of the body in which fat is produced (so, anywhere, really), there are a number of hotspots that which your average surgeon would be willing to treat.
A surprisingly common are for fat removal is the limbs- specifically, the arms. Sometimes, fat deposits can build up in the arms and create low hanging flaps of fat which are not only uncomfortable and unseemly but contribute much towards unnecessary sweat production. Removing these flaps with bodytite is a simple and effective solution to the problem.
The Love Handles
Aside from the abdomen, just above the waist, is a deposit of fat that the average American is all too familiar with- love handles. They can be a real nuisance, and it doesn’t feel great to look in the mirror and see a part of yourself hanging over your belt. Remove that issue with cosmetic surgery.
For those of us who have fat deposits higher up on their bodies- for instance, “Man boobs” in the larger gentlemen- know the pain of having useless amounts of fat in a very conspicuous location. That’s why many wish to have it removed with the Bodytite procedure.
Some people get really self-conscious about their legs. And there’s a good deal of justification in that- they’re one of the first body parts people notice about you. So if your thighs are a little too rounded around the edges, then reducing the fat deposits in them might not be too bad an idea.
As your abdomen and sides develop fat deposits, your back isn’t spared. People who develop fat in their front develop just as much fat on their back. Removing it can be both aesthetically and medically beneficial.
A woman’s breast is one of her most auspicious features, and a lot of attention is often paid to it. Additionally, a larger bust size caused by fat deposits can lead to back pain and other health complications. So if the breasts are unseemly or weighed down by unnecessary fat, women often turn to the bodytite procedure to remove it.
BodyTite can improve the appearance of fatty deposits and loose skin in common trouble spots including:
- Abdomen (tummy and “love handles”)
- Inner and outer thighs
- Pectorals (male breasts)
- Pubic mound
Other Types of Liposuction
To best serve every patient who visits us based on their unique health needs and personal goals, Texas Center for Breast and Body offers three types of liposuction, as well as other body, face, and breast procedures to shape any target area for the best possible results. Our liposuction expertise also includes traditional liposuction methods. Call our cosmetic surgery office today at (713) 794-0368 to schedule a consultation and determine which options or combination of procedures is right for you.
Benefits of the surgery?
What exactly does the surgery do for you? That’s a question that’s often asked of the procedure and is fortunately easily answered. The myriad benefits of the Bodytite procedure are apparent to anybody who’s actually gone through with the treatment, and the numerous health professionals who employ it on a daily basis.
To best serve every patient who visits us based on their unique health needs and personal goals, Texas Center for Breast and Body offers The procedure’s main benefit- and the draw which attracts most of the people who choose to undergo the process- is its ability to tighten the skin of its patient. On top of stimulating collagen production, the skin is physically knittedis physically knit closer together by firming up the tissue which composes the epidermis. This creates a slimmer, smoother version of your body.
The procedure itself takes a very short time, and the recovery period- a few days long, with 10 days being the absolute longest period of recovery- being incredibly short means that there is an exceptionally short period in which you can’t be a functioning member of society.
Perhaps the greatest benefit to choosing Bodytite is that you get all of the benefits of other weight-loss cosmetic surgeries, but without any of the nasty side effects of a real surgery. Reduced recovery time, no scarring, and nothing is intubated or inserted into your body.
When can I return to work? When will I be fully recovered? When will I see results? These questions come up often after a bodytite procedure, and while the recovery time is limited, it isn’t completely vanished. Knowing what amount of recovery time is right for you is an essential part of getting cosmetic surgery.
Returning to Work
One of the biggest concerns for people who receive cosmetic surgery is how long they’ll be out of work. A legitimate concern- being able to make money is an important part of being a functioning adult. While you will be absent from work for a bare minimum of 2 days, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a long absence. The longest you’ll be gone is a week. Ask your surgeon after your procedure for more details.
When can I return to working out
Maintaining your new, slim form is crucial through the use of workout and dieting, and while food restrictions are minimal, the big question becomes when will you be able to work out again. Usually, it’s considered safe to workout again a few days after your recovery period is finished- for details on this particular factor, speak to your surgeon after your procedure in order to determine how long you should wait.
How quick are the results
While you’ll begin to see results almost immediately- a day or two after the procedure- the best results won’t be noticeable until 6-12 weeks. Just like anything else with any form of medical procedure, the specifics are dependent upon the patient and the details of their particular procedure, but 6-12 weeks is generally an accurate estimate.
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Although his research and development of microsurgical reconstruction techniques established his reputation, his knowledge and understanding of the human body and the challenges associated with aiding patients suffering with head and neck injuries as well as breast cancer patients has made Dr. Schusterman an award-winning plastic surgeon.