Body contouring treatments can be the perfect solution for patients struggling with those last few areas of stubborn fat. Procedures like BodyTite or liposuction provide patients with fat loss and skin tightening results they may not be able to achieve on their own through diet and exercise. BodyTite is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive body contouring procedure that helps patients look and feel their best. Using a new research-based treatment approach that combines radio-frequent (RF) energy and liposuction, BodyTite patients can achieve remarkable results. Dr. Haitham Masri, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Dearborn, MI, and Birmingham, MI, performs customized BodyTite procedures at Masri Clinic in Dearborn and consultations in Birmingham to help patients reach their aesthetic goals.
What is BodyTite?
BodyTite uses radiofrequency-assisted lipocoagulation/liposuction (RFAL) to reduce fat and tighten skin in problem areas—most commonly, the abdomen, flank, thighs, and buttocks. The BodyTite system includes an internal cannula (thin tube for suctioning), external electrode, and monitor.
During a BodyTite procedure, RF energy flows from the internal cannula to the external electrode. Simultaneous internal and external heat treatments shrink fat cells and tighten skin as the device delivers the RF energy. Energy is controlled using feedback from the monitor and precise controls on a handheld device. Built-in safety controls not featured on older devices ensure temperatures remain in a safe and effective range. When the device loses contact with the tissue, it will not create heat output.
A BodyTite Procedure at the Masri Clinic
Dr. Masri performs BodyTite procedures at the state approved Advanced Surgery Center. Oral sedation and a local anesthetic is administered before the procedure to ensure the patient feels no pain or discomfort. Once the patient is relaxed and comfortable, the procedure begins and is performed in the following steps:
- Incision(s). A hidden mini-incision is made so the internal cannula can access fat. Due to the cannula’s length, it is likely multiple mini-incisions will be made to reach all areas the patient wishes to improve.
- RF Energy Delivery. The cannula is placed in the incision. A handheld device is used to simultaneously pass the cannula and external electrode over treatment areas. The internal cannula ranges in temperature from 122-158 degrees Fahrenheit and the external electrode from 95-107. These temperatures are based on scientific evidence of the heat required to coagulate fat and contract skin without damaging surrounding tissues. Fat and fluid are drained from the treatment site via liposuction.
After all areas are treated, incisions are carefully closed using special sutures. Total procedure time depends on the amount of fat that will be removed and the patient’s skin laxity. Most procedures last between 1-3 hours.
BodyTite procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Patients may return home shortly after their procedure. Dr. Masri recommends patients rest at home for at least 24-48 hours. If discomfort or pain present, they can be easily controlled by following Dr. Masri’s detailed recovery instructions. Patients who have small areas treated usually recover within just a few days. Patients who have large areas treated usually recover in about ten days. Patients return to work within these same time frames, as long as their job is not physically strenuous. Physical activities may be resumed as tolerated within 2-3 weeks.
Initial results can be seen immediately after the procedure and continue to improve for up to 6-months. Final results include a decrease in unwanted fat, tightened skin, and improved contours. Most patients feel better about their body image after treatment. Their clothes fit better and they often feel more relaxed and confident in social situations. Patients can maximize their results by living a healthy lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet, and regularly exercising to maintain their new physique.
Men and women who want to improve the appearance of their body by resolving small areas of stubborn, isolated fat may be good candidates for the BodyTite procedure. Ideal candidates are those that have used diet and exercise to improve their appearance but are not seeing the results they want. Candidates usually have no serious medical conditions or illnesses. Candidates who have a positive mindset and realistic goals and expectations see the best results. The definitive way for patients to determine if they are a candidate is to attend an initial BodyTite consultation with Dr. Masri.
An Initial BodyTite Consultation with Dr. Masri
An initial consultation begins with Dr. Masri obtaining a complete medical history, including previous cosmetic surgery procedures. Next, a physical examination is performed and pictures are taken for comparative purposes. Last, Dr. Masri goes over the patient’s desires, goals, and reasons for choosing the BodyTite procedure. Once Dr. Masri gathers all the information he needs, he creates a customized treatment plan to help the patient reach their ideal results. He explains all of the details of the procedure and lets the patient know exactly what to expect before, during, and after the treatment. Dr. Masri then answers any questions the patient may have. If the patient decides to have the procedure, it is scheduled for a convenient date and time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What areas can BodyTite treat?
BodyTite can be used to treat larger areas with unwanted fat and loose skin. Common treatment areas are the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and buttocks. FaceTite and NeckTite are similar systems used to treat smaller areas on the face and neck.
Is BodyTite the same thing as liposuction?
BodyTite and liposuction are not the same procedure. Liposuction uses suction techniques to remove unwanted fat. It is ideal for patients who want to remove a more substantial amount of fat. BodyTite combines liposuction with radiofrequency to remove small amounts of stubborn fat and tighten skin. It is ideal for patients who want to tone, sculpt, and shape their body.
Is the procedure painful?
The overwhelming majority of patients find the procedure is not painful.
Will I have a noticeable scar?
The incisions used to perform the procedure are very tiny. Once they completely heal, you will not have a noticeable scar. You can wear any type of clothing or swimwear without having to worry about anyone noticing.
When will my stitches be taken out?
Dr. Masri will take your stitches out at your first follow up appointment, which will be about two weeks after your procedure.
Will I need to be put to sleep to have my procedure?
You will not need to be put under general anesthesia to have your procedure. Oral sedation or a local anesthetic will be used to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort.
Does the procedure have risks?
Like all minimally invasive procedures, BodyTite does involve some risks. They will be explained to you in detail during your initial consultation. Dr. Masri will also tell you how he minimizes these risks to help ensure his patients’ safety and results. The overwhelming majority of our patients find risks do not influence their decision to undergo the procedure.
Can I see BodyTite before-and-after photos?
Dr. Masri will show you BodyTite before-and-after photos during your initial consultation. You will be able to tell what type of results you can expect. You can also ask Dr. Masri how your results will be similar and different than the ones you see in the pictures.
How do I know if BodyTite is right for me?
At the end of your consultation, Dr. Masri will give you his opinion on whether or not BodyTite is the appropriate treatment option for you. If it is not, he will recommend other treatment options. Dr. Masri’s goal is to provide you with a customized treatment plan that helps you reach your goals. He has helped countless patients look their best and feel more confident.
How do I schedule my initial BodyTite consultation?
When you are ready for your initial BodyTite consultation, you may contact the Masri Clinic in Dearborn, MI, or Birmingham, MI at (866) 487-3223 or (313) 945-9800.