Here’s the thing: every single one of our bodies is going to age. It’s a fact of life — and aging is a joyous and beautiful thing! But what do we do if the way our body starts to look doesn’t match the age we feel inside? There’s usually an aesthetic way around that with cosmetic surgery.
An invasive surgery may not be right for everyone. Surgery is certainly an undertaking, and many people do not have the time or mental energy to wrap their minds around everything an invasive surgery can entail. Rest assured, there are non-invasive or minimally-invasive alternatives, and with the power of innovative technology, many of these alternatives produce results that are just as good.
If your skin is starting to reveal your physical age, you may want to consider a subdermal skin-tightening procedure like BodyTite, which is an effective, less invasive, and less time-consuming procedure to invasive surgeries like facelifts, abdominoplasties, or other body lifting procedures. With technology like BodyTite, you can tweak how you look to match how you feel, with far less downtime and less stress on the body.
BodyTite is a new piece of technology that is designed to deliver excellent skin-tightening results, without actually having to undergo an invasive surgery. It is as straightforward as it seems. The only place it gets a little complicated is in the terminology, so let’s break it down!
BodyTite is both the name of the device, as well as one of the treatments it provides. The BodyTite energy system comes with a variety of attachments that target different parts of the body. One of the treatments is actually called BodyTite, and that refers to the attachment that is used for larger areas of the body, like the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, back, thighs, and arms.
Then there are smaller attachments: FaceTite and AccuTite, which are designed to target smaller, more delicate areas of the body. The FaceTite attachment is used to target the neck and jowls. AccuTite is the smallest probe, and therefore the most versatile handpiece which can be used in various parts of the body. The AccuTite attachment is often used for the more minute areas of the face, like the lower eyelids or nasolabial folds. AccuTite is also a popular option available for treatment of laxity associated with the labia majora.
Other attachments include Morpheus8 and Morpheus8 Body, which are radio-frequency microneedling attachments used to target tissue and tighten the skin from the surface, increase collagen production, and reduce cellulite across all skin tones and various areas of the body. Morpheus8 Body is most recognized for its ability to reach the deepest layers of the skin, as compared to any other RF Microneedling device. Furthermore, it has the ability to treat at 3 different depths with a single pass of the needles into the skin.
All of these attachments are powered by the same machine — the BodyTite machine.
Now that we have all the terminology down, we can start to take a look at how it actually works.
BodyTite is part of a family of subdermal cutting-edge technology used for skin tightening. BodyTite relies on probes of various sizes that are inserted underneath the skin's surface to heat the skin from beneath. This heat is used to stimulate cells called fibroblasts in our skin to produce collagen.
No matter the attachment used or area of the body targeted, each procedure is considered to be minimally invasive and has the ability to tighten and lift desired areas of the body without having to undergo an invasive surgery.
How? With the use of RFAL — Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis. This energy heats the skin in a precise and controlled fashion, which triggers cells to produce new and healthy collagen. The device has an internal and an external probe which communicate with each other in order to ensure proper delivery of energy and heat. Therefore, this device is safer than some of the competing devices which can cause skin burns.
The desired treatment area is numbed with a numbing agent, before inserting the appropriate attachment underneath the skin in order to heat it. It’s an outpatient procedure that does not require any overnight stay, nor general anesthesia. The procedure itself is also relatively pain-free, and patients can return home that same day.
Certain patients who come in for liposuction are also ideal candidates for skin tightening. In fact, when the two are used in conjunction, the results are rather impressive.
Imagine a balloon. (We're not saying your body is a balloon, but this is the best analogy for what happens to the skin.) When a balloon is deflated it looks more wrinkled, which is similar to what can happen to the skin after liposuction. In older patients, for example, when skin elasticity starts to wane, the combo of liposuction and BodyTite can be particularly effective. The two procedures are often done at the same time, which minimizes recovery time.
You can expect optimal results after six months, but you'll start to notice significant change around three months, or maybe sooner. The full effect can take a year to set in.
As with most procedures, swelling and bruising is common, so don't let that get you down if you don't see results immediately. The best way to minimize downtime is to keep up with your post-care instructions. Depending on the size of the treated area, downtime can be from three days up to two weeks.
For optimal results, it's imperative to wear the recommended compression garments (if applicable), but also keep up with a healthy routine like your diet, resting when instructed, light exercise, and lymphatic massages.
But you do not have to take only our word for it. As with most things, seeing is believing. Kristen is a patient of Dr. Khorasani in her 50s, who noticed the skin around her chin and neck did not quite match the age she felt.
"I would turn a certain way and see myself in the mirror and think, 'whose neck is that?' That wasn't okay with me at my age. I'm not ready to go down that path yet."
Too young for a full facelift procedure, she opted for FaceTite and AccuTite as a less invasive approach.
"It was a great experience," she said. "The team was super professional. We talked about the procedure and why it was the right option for me. Dr. Khorasani does a full consultation of what FaceTite and AccuTite are, how they work, and what the expected outcome is going to be."
Once Kristen decided what she wanted to do, the rest was simple. She arrived at the office and was given a numbing agent to the treated area. The procedure was fast, without the need for a hospital sleepover or anesthesia.
"Right away I could tell a change in the texture of my skin and as the months go on, it gets better and better. The skin around my chin and neck have visibly tightened, and it's still continuing to improve," she said of her procedure that was conducted in April 2021. "It's easy and non-invasive. Depending on what body part you have done, you could go to work the next day. It's not painful at all."
"This tightened up the skin and gave definition to my chin in a way that was amazing," she added. "I don't feel like that old lady I thought I saw in the mirror. I feel like myself."
Have a look at K’s before & after photos to see the difference.
With three board certifications in Dermatology, Cosmetic Surgery, and Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hooman Khorasani provides patients with cutting-edge treatments to achieve their aesthetic goals. His decades of work in research, and his 10-year run as head of the Division of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery at Mount Sinai demonstrates his investment of time and energy to acquire and master the latest skin-tightening technologies.
Dr. Khorasani and his highly-specialized team look forward to working with you to transform your medical or aesthetic goals into reality. To expedite a request for a consultation, text message us securely or call our Manhattan office at: 212-210-2127 for more information.
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