AccuTite in London
AccuTite is the latest generation radiofrequency tightening device. AccuTite is very versatile by virtue of its tiny size. AccuTite can be used on both the face and body to achieve skin tightening effects that are traditionally only achievable with more traditional surgical techniques. The radiofrequency skin tightening treatment perfectly complements anti wrinkle injections or dermal fillers. Accutite is the smallest member of the ‘BodyTite’ family – other RF treatments include the bigger brother FaceTite, BodyTite and CelluTite.
Compared with other RF and ultrasound treatments such as Ultherapy, AccuTite penetrates more deeply for more impressive skin tightening with ongoing collagen and elastin production over 3-6 months. Most patients will see some initial skin tightening straight after the procedure which continues to improve over time. Results from the treatment can last up to 5 years which when used on the face is fairly comparable with the duration of results from a mini-facelift.
AccuTite is ideal for the targeted treatment of smaller areas of the face like brows, upper & lower lids, nasolabial folds, lower face and neck with the aim of giving surgical face lift type results without the cost, downtime or risks. When used on the face and neck, accutite may be combined with microlipo to finely contour the jawline and neck region. AccuTite is ideal for treatment of the submental region and is commonly combined with submental liposuction for maximum treatment effects.
AccuTite is commonly combined with Morpheus8 for a comprehensive skin tightening treatment all without the risks of general anaesthesia and more invasive surgical techniques such as a facelift.
Expected results from AccuTite
- Tighter more youthful skin
- Improvement in skin texture
- Reduction in lines and wrinkles
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Why choose Centre for Surgery for your AccuTite procedure?
- Significant experience in AccuTite – our surgeons also combine AccuTite with microlipo and Morpheus8 as appropriate
- We own and manage our own surgical facilities. Properly performed FaceTite takes time and should not be rushed. Our surgeons perform a maximum of two FaceTite procedures in a day. We do not cram 5-6 procedures into one day like other providers.
- Our clinic at 106 Crawford Street was recently inspected and rated as good across all 5 domains.
- Our surgeons live and work in London. We don’t work with ‘fly-in, fly-out’ surgeons. This is very important because whilst your surgeon takes all precautions to minimise complications, complications can and do occur and our surgeons are readily available to manage any issues if and when they arise.
Dr Omar Tillo
The Centre for Surgery approach to aftercare
Our aftercare programme was recently described as ‘outstanding’ by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission.
Our postoperative support team call all our patients the day after their procedure and then every other day thereafter for the first two weeks. The proactive nature of our postoperative support gives every patient the best opportunity for a smooth postoperative recovery free of complications. In many cases if complications were to occur, their impact is markedly lessened by early detection, prompt clinical assessment and correct treatment. Where a patient expresses concern to our team over the phone, then we often call patients in the same day for assessment with one of our expert nursing team. Even if there is no significant issue, the careful explanation and calm reassurance provided by our team can help to alleviate any worries you may have experienced.
Ideal candidates for AccuTite RF treatment
You will be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are unhappy with the skin laxity on your face and neck and are wishing to have it tightened. You may have mild to moderate skin laxity in the neck and lower face. Unlike laser resurfacing, AccuTite can be used safely in darker skin types.
Prior to undergoing this procedure, you will be required to attend a consultation with one of our surgeons. They will be able to assess your face and neck and decide if you are a suitable candidate or whether you would be better suited for another procedure such as a facelift.
Who should not have treatment:
- Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- A history of recurrent herpes simplex in the area to be treated
- Active flare-up of skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema or recently tanned skin
- Patients with implanted pacemakers or defibrillators
- Any silicone implants, permanent fillers or implanted metalwork such as plates and screws in the area to be treated
- Unrealistic expectations of what the treatment can achieve
AccuTite for eyebrow ptosis and puffy eyelids
Our surgeons are experts in blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery. Both techniques are very powerful for correcting significant laxity of the eyelids, eyelid puffiness and eyebrow sagging. Surgical techniques can last for up to 10 years or more but at the expense of increased risks, downtime and expense.
The miniature handpiece of AccuTite is able to effectively treat the delicate eyelid and brow region without the scars of traditional surgery. Although results are more modest compared with surgery, patients are able to achieve results which can last up to 5 years. One AccuTite treatment is enough in most patients, however more severe grades of skin laxity may warrant a second procedure one year later. Morpheus8 is recommended as a course of 3 treatments to achieve optimal skin tightening effects.
AccuTite is a simple outpatient procedure performed under a local anaesthetic. The doctor will first begin by marking up the areas to be treated. If you feel nervous, you have the option of light tablet oral sedation to make you feel more relaxed. The doctor will then inject local anaesthetic to the treatment areas and allow 10-15 minutes of waiting to allow the local anaesthetic to take full effect. You should feel little discomfort if any during or after treatment.
The procedure involves no incisions or sutures. A small needle is used to make a hole through which the AccuTite cannula is then inserted. Any scarring is therefore barely noticeable.
The AccuTite device is then used in the areas to be treated. The internal electrode of the AccuTite device is inserted beneath the skin to induce soft tissue remodelling of the deeper layers of skin. The external electrode glides along the surface of the skin and heats up to 40-42 degrees. The AccuTite cannula is so small that cannulas used to inject dermal fillers are larger in diameter.
The application of radiofrequency energy to the tissues leads to contraction and tightening. During this process, it is normal to hear gentle crackling noises as this signifies optimal tissue heating. The surgeon may choose to complete the procedure with the application of microlipo to gently contour the area through the removal of small amounts of fat. For greater degrees of skin laxity in the lower face and neck, FaceTite may be a better option. You can also combine FaceTite with Morpheus8, which rejuvenates the top layer of the skin with a combination of microneedling and RF energy.
AccuTite procedure step by step:
- Local anaesthetic injection
- Microlipo (optional)
Recovery after AccuTite
You will be given detailed aftercare instructions and your nurse will book a follow-up appointment. We recommend that you either have someone collect you from the clinic or that you take a taxi home. Public transport is not recommended.
After the procedure, it is normal to experience a degree of bruising and swelling after the procedure. For Accutite to eyelids, dressings will applied over the eyelids.
For lower face and neck treatment, the doctor may apply a compression wrap to the treated areas to accelerate the resolution of localised bruising and swelling. This needs to be worn for at least one week. Most patients can return to light activities after 2 weeks. Arnica tablets are also useful to take speed up the resolution of bruising.
Potential risks and complications of AccuTite
The risk of complications with AccuTite are low. However, complications can potentially occur with any surgical procedure and AccuTite is no different. At consultation, your surgeon will always take time to fully discuss the risks and complications associated with radiofrequency skin tightening. By choosing Centre for Surgery for your procedure, you can be confident in having highly experienced and expert surgeons to perform your procedure.
Potential complications of AccuTite:
- Skin burns and discolouration
- Nerve bruising to the marginal mandibular nerve in face to leading to muscle weakness for up to 3-6 months
- Asymmetry and contour irregularities