Radio frequency liposuction (BodyTite)
One of the latest methods for liposuction is radiofrequency liposuction also known as RFAL (Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction) or BodyTite which is the manufacturers name for the technique.
Radio frequency implies using precision regulated radio wave generated thermal energy to work (melt) the fat cells while being sucked out.
Furthermore the radio wave energy also provokes new production of collagen tissue in the dermis which provides a skin tightening effect.
With the radio wave technique one has successfully managed to combine the advantage of traditional and laser liposuction which enables relatively large liposuctions with lesser risk as well as easier treatment and a milder after cycle, while also attaining substantial skin tightening to the treated area.
This is how radiofrequency liposuction works (Body Tite)
With radio frequency liposuction a thin hollow probe equipped with a radio wave transmitting electrode is inserted into the fat layer under the skin where it emits thermal energy into the fat and dermis tissue.
On the outside another electrode is used to help guide the energy upwards and into the dermis while measuring the skins temperature. The probe and thermal energy affect the tissue in various ways.
1. Fat reduction with radiofrequency liposuction (RFAL)
When the radio waves hit the fat cells heat is generated in the fat layer which ”melts” these cells into an oily liquid. Since the probe works as both an energy transmitter and a suction probe connected to a vacuum it is possible to melt the fat and suck it out at the same time. This saves time and damage to the tissue.
The energy is transmitted by the internal probe which it transmitted to the outer electrode controlling and guiding the energy from within the fatty tissue and upwards into the dermis. The outer electrode also works as a thermometer measuring the temperature of the tissue. If the temperature is nearing a damaging level the energy is turned off automatically. This function makes it possible for the practicioner to use an optimal temperature during the entire treatment.
It is also possible to adjust the space between the internal probe and external electrode (5-50mm) which increases the precision and safety of the treatment.
Unlike laser liposuction, with radio frequency liposuction it is possible to remove almost the same amounts of fat as with traditional liposuction. The radio waves coagulate, like the laser light, the blood vessels and minimises swelling and bruising caused by bleeding under the skin.
2. Skin tightening with radio frequency liposuction
Radio wave technology used in radio frequency liposuction is also used separately for skin tightening. This because the practicioner can with great precision direct an amount of thermal energy into the dermis and by doing so causes a good level of tissue damage. Such damage provokes the bodies healing process. The healing produces new collagen threads in turn leading to a skin tightening affect.
By stimulating/provoking the dermis to regeneration of collagen during radio frequency liposuction one can achieve substantial skin tightening which is not possible with traditional liposuction.
The skin tightening effect makes areas with slack skin or patients suffering from this also suitable. Also one can simultaneously remove greater volumes of fat in the area which otherwise would have been limited due to the risk of skin slackness. This means that more patients can undergo liposuction and more areas can be treated to a greater extent which optimises the results.
Areas with cellulites can also be treated with radio wave with good results due to the skin tightening effect. These areas cannot be treated with traditional liposuction.
Many surgeons also perform radio frequency liposuction in combination with traditional liposuction in order to achieve better skin tightening or as a touch up treatment for patients who want to improve the result from earlier liposuction.
Advantages and disadvantages with RFAL (Body Tite)
A radiofrequency liposuction (BodyTite) has several advantages in comparison with traditional liposuction but also a few disadvantages. Please find a summary of these below.
Advantages with radio frequency liposuction (Body Tite)
- Relatively short procedure
- Performed under local anaesthesia
- Melts and sucks the fat out simultaneously while blood vessels are coagulated
- Shorter procedure than with both laser liposuction and traditional liposuction
- Milder after cycle than with traditional liposuction
- Minimal sick leave (max 2 days)
- Substantial skin tightening effect
- Possibility of treating previously unsuitable patients
- Small incisions (3mm – few or no sutures)
- The possibility of treating previously difficult to treat areas (face, under arms, under bra band, upper stomach, knees)
- Generally fewer risks
- Can be used on people with severe obesity (BMI 30+)
- Optimal treatment temperature is constant = even and fast results
Disadvantages with radiofrequency liposuction (Body Tite)
- More expensive than liposuction with traditional or laser liposuction
- Cannot remove such large amounts of fat per treatment procedure as with traditional liposuction.
Procedure & after cycle, photos, risks and prices for RFAL
You’ll find further information about how a radiofrequency liposuction is performed, the after cycle following radio frequency liposuction (Body Tite) as well as how much RFAL liposuction costs on the respective pages about liposuction in the menu to the right.