Many patients who come to see us for liposuction surgery in London often find they may be better suited to having a BodyTite procedure. In other cases, patients may be aware of the impressive skin tightening benefits of BodyTite and may be recommended to have the treatment in combination with liposuction for the removal of excess fat. Liposuction combined with BodyTite is one of our most popular procedures for patients who may have skin laxity that is not good enough to have a Liposuction alone and not severe enough for a skin excision procedure such as a tummy tuck.
Many people are unaware that combining BodyTite with liposuction is more common than many people think due to each treatment producing synergistic benefits when combined together in one treatment. Whether you need liposuction added to your BodyTite treatment or BodyTite can be used to enhance your liposuction treatment depends on individual patient characteristics, including the amount of excess fat and how much loose skin there is. The best way to determine whether you are suitable for BodyTite or liposuction or even both treatments combined together is to have a clinical assessment by an expert surgeon.
What is the difference between BodyTite and liposuction?
BodyTite is a minimally invasive treatment that utilises bi-polar radio frequency technology applied beneath the skin for effective skin tightening without the need for more invasive surgery. BodyTite is primarily used for tightening loose skin but can also be used to melt small amounts of fat and stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. FaceTite is a similar type of treatment but is used on the face and neck.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is designed to remove stubborn areas of excess fat in most parts of the body that have proven resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is excellent for combination treatment with BodyTite as any areas that have excess fat removed may often result in the appearance of loose or sagging skin. If the resulting skin laxity is classified as mild or moderate in severity, then BodyTite is the most effective treatment to simultaneously tighten the skin once liposuction has been performed for the best results. Patients with severe skin laxity often as a result of pregnancy or significant weight loss may often need a tummy tuck procedure to get the best results. BodyTite is specially designed for the treatment of mild to moderate skin laxity.
The same principle applies to the face and neck area. If patients wish to have chin liposuction to get rid of a double chin, we may often combine this with FaceTite. Removing fat from beneath the chin may sometimes result in loose and flabby skin, and this can be effectively tightened with FaceTite applied to the submental region and jawline.
Skin tightening benefits of BodyTite
BodyTite makes use of radio frequency energy for tightening the skin. Liposuction alone it’s not a treatment for skin tightening and, in some cases, may even worsen pre-existing skin laxity. This may result in the development of loose skin after liposuction. BodyTite can achieve up to 35% skin contraction, which exceeds the results of non-invasive skin tightening technologies, including CoolSculpting and Sculpsure.
Do I need both BodyTite and Liposuction?
Some patients may have a minimal amount of excess fat and have primarily loose skin, which has not improved with diet and exercise. In these cases, your surgeon may perform BodyTite as a single treatment without combining it with liposuction. Some surgeons may choose to combine a tummy tuck with fat transfer to the breasts, which means liposuction will be required to remove areas of excess fat, which are then used for reinjection into the breasts. Using BodyTite may help to reduce the amount of skin removal required hence leading to potentially shorter incisions.
In the case of tummy tuck combined with breast fat transfer, liposuction is first used to remove fat from an unwanted part of the body, such as the thighs or abdomen, followed by its purification. The processed fat is then re-injected into the breast. BodyTite may then be performed to tighten any areas of loose skin and stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin. Some surgeons may even perform a mini tummy tuck combined with BodyTite instead of a full tummy tuck for patients who do not have weakened abdominal muscles. This is an excellent example of where the use of BodyTite helps to reduce the invasiveness of the surgical procedure. Carrying out less invasive surgery means a lower risk of complications and a quicker surgical recovery.
What is recovery like after BodyTite and liposuction?
Both BodyTite and liposuction are minimally invasive procedures and can often be performed under local anaesthetic for well-localised small treatment areas. Larger areas of treatment may require a general anaesthetic for your complete comfort. BodyTite results in minimal scars that fade very well with time, and this is similar to liposuction. Liposuction generally has a longer recovery period due to the bruising and swelling caused by the repetitive movements of the suction cannula. Although bruising and swelling may still develop after BodyTite, this is often much less compared with liposuction with a much quicker recovery as a result. The initial liposuction recovery period it’s between seven and 10 days and patience will be required to wear a compression garment for a full six weeks. Patients who have only BodyTite have no more than 2 to 3 days of potential downtime and are often fully recovered after a week. Any compression garment can often be removed after two weeks with BodyTite treatment carried out on its own.
How much does BodyTite and liposuction cost?
The cost of BodyTite at Centre for Surgery starts from £3500 per treatment area. BodyTite Technology is incredibly advanced, with the potential to produce results lasting up to 5 years or more.
When you have your consultation at our Baker Street clinic, your surgeon may recommend a combination treatment approach using both liposuction and BodyTite to achieve the best results. After your consultation, you will be seen by your dedicated patient coordinator, who will give you a firm quote for the combination procedure with the full breakdown.