Melt Stubborn Fat and Tighten Skin in a Single Treatment
BodyTite® is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses radio-frequency energy to tighten skin and reduce excess fat. It has been widely used in Europe, Asia, and Canada and was approved for use in the United States in late 2016. Dr. John Q. Cook, director and founder of The Whole Beauty® Institute in Chicago and Winnetka, is one of the first surgeons in the United States to have worked with this ground-breaking technology. For patients who have excess fat in the abdomen, flanks, hips, arms, and legs with skin that is looser than ideal BodyTite® opens a significant option for treatment. FaceTite, the sister technology to BodyTite® has been very useful for our patients who have mild to moderate looseness along the jaw border and in the neck but who are not yet ready for a facelift.
How does BodyTite® work?
At The Whole Beauty® Institute we have used radio-frequency energy to tighten the skin for several years. With the Forma Plus device one of our team delivers radio-frequency energy by gliding a hand piece over the skin. This technology works quite well with milder forms of loose skin, but it can only go so far. BodyTite® allows us to take the energy to much higher level and produce more powerful results. A pair of insulated probes is joined at a hand piece, which is connected to a computer that runs the system. Dr. Cook pinches the probes together, with one probe on top of the skin and one probe under the skin. As the probes glide back and forth a zone of skin is heated to a point where tightening occurs. The computer monitors the temperature of the inner probe, the temperature of the outer probe, and an energy measure called impedance on a continuous basis, so there is great safety in the system.
There are two ways that BodyTite® tightens skin. First, there is a direct heating of the dermis, the deeper layer of the skin, which causes it to tighten. Second, there is activation of the cells which manufacture collagen and other substance in the skin, and this causes further tightening, which progresses over 6 months. The radio-frequency energy of BodyTite® can also be used to melt fat directly, just as we use ultrasound energy to melt fat with the Vaser® device and laser energy to melt fat with the SlimLipo® and SmartLipo® devices. The BodyTite® handpiece can set the probes so there is a space between them. That way the deeper probe will pass into a zone of fat that needs to be treated and melt it while preserving other structures. This is sometimes referred to as BodyTite® Liposuction.
The BodyTite® Experience
The majority of our patients choose to undergo BodyTite® treatments under local anesthesia. This means that you can eat a light meal before your treatment and that you will not need an IV. When you arrive on the day where you receive BodyTite® you will be given medication that will make you feel relaxed and a little sleepy. Dr. Cook will then mark the areas to be treated and you will be given local anesthesia with a technique that we have developed which makes the injection practically painless.
You will then walk to the BodyTite® room and our team will prepare the area for treatment. Dr. Cook will introduce a numbing fluid into the treatment area. Most patients feel absolutely nothing during the application of energy with BodyTite®; some take a short rest. When the treatment is finished, the melted fat will be removed with a thin suction tube called a cannula. All of this is done through tiny incisions. At the end of your treatment, you will be helped into a mild pressure garment, which you will wear for several weeks.
For patients who desire treatment of several areas of the body in a single session or for the patient who prefers to be entirely unaware of the treatment, we can provide BodyTite® at one of Chicago’s finest private surgical facilities near our Gold Coast office. In this case, a skilled anesthesiologist will provide either IV sedation or a light general anesthetic.
How BodyTite® Overcomes the Main Limitation of Liposuction
Any technique of liposuction will remove fat, but if the skin in the treated area is loose, the overall result will be disappointing for most patients. If the fat is simply removed, the skin will be left even looser. Once we move from liposuction to body contour surgery that removes skin, the problem is solved, but the patient must we willing to accept a surgical scar. For patients with severely loose skin, surgical removal is still the only acceptable answer, but what about the patient who has excess fat in a particular area and skin that is moderately loose? This is where BodyTite® can play a useful role. BodyTite® uses a pair of probes, one above the skin, one below it, to deliver radiofrequency energy across the skin. Dr. Cook moves the probes back and forth to deliver energy to the skin, area by area. This causes the skin to tighten. Because there are 3 monitoring systems within the BodyTite® equipment it is possible to deliver greater energy, hence greater tightening, than with other devices we have encountered. BodyTite® can also be used to melt the fat under the loose skin or it can be combined with other melting technologies, such as laser liposuction.
Recovery from BodyTite®
Patients who undergo BodyTite® under local anesthesia have a very short and easy recovery. Most patients schedule one or two quiet days after treatment. We encourage you to get back to your normal pattern of activity as long as it does not involve heavy lifting or intense exercise. Walking is encouraged. Dr. Cook and his team will carefully monitor your recovery so that it goes as smoothly as possible.
Good Nutrition and Exercise Should Be the Foundation of Body Contour Treatments
Body contour treatments should not be viewed as a substitute for diet and exercise. In fact, if you use these treatments as a “quick fix,” you will be disappointed. Our goal at the Whole Beauty® Institute is to perform treatments that provide lasting benefits. People who are seriously overweight or obese need to reset their habits of nutrition and exercise and proceed with body contour treatments only after this has been accomplished. If you have a foundation of good habits you will be in an optimum state for your treatment and you will maintain the benefit of the treatment for many years.
Surgical Lifting and Tucking Still Makes Sense if the Skin Is Very Loose
Dr. Cook has performed a very large number of body contour surgeries. The most common such procedure is abdominoplasty, but he also performs posterior body lifts, brachioplasties, back lifts, and thigh lifts for patients who need them. Because of our extensive experience with all body contour treatments we have the knowledge to guide you as to which treatment will be the best selection for you.
We Will Help You Select the Treatment that Is Your Best Fit
The combination of skin tightening and fat reduction makes BodyTite® an excellent choice for many patients. We are pleased to offer our patients a wide range of treatment options for body contour, everything from non-invasive treatments such as SculpSure®, to minimally invasive treatments such as BodyTite®, to advanced techniques of body contour surgery, such as the high lateral tension abdominoplasty. At your consultation, you will benefit from our attention to detail and in-depth knowledge about your treatment options. We will help you find the body contour treatment that is the best fit for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook and the Whole Beauty® team contact us or call 312-751-2112.