Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL)
Radiofrequency assisted liposuction not only helps to remove unwanted fat deposits, but also tightens the skin for improved body contours. Radiofrequency assisted liposuction, or RFAL, can be used to treat the arms, stomach, buttocks, or legs.
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About the Procedure
For patients who desire slimmer, more defined contours to their stomach, hips, thighs, and buttocks, radiofrequency assisted liposuction not only removes fat, but tightens skin. Other forms of liposuction that only focus on removing fatty deposits are not able to also deliver firmer skin. Younger patients with good skin quality will notice some improvements in elasticity from traditional liposuction techniques, but degree of betterment can be unpredictable. With RFAL systems such as Bodytite and Necktite, skin elasticity can improve up to 30-40%. Other forms of energy assisted fat removal include laser lipolysis and ultrasound assisted liposuction. Facetite treatments, which also utilize RF energy for skin tightening, are non-aspirating and do not focus on fat removal. During RFAL, the treatment area will be cleansed and infiltrated with a tumescent fluid. Patient may also be given an oral sedative for increased comfort. A small incision will be made for the Bodytite hand piece that is comprised of a cannula which is inserted beneath the skin to simultaneously deliver RF energy and remove fatty tissue, with an electrode that remains on the surface of the skin to deliver radio frequency energy as well. The Bodytite system constantly measures the temperature of the epidermis to ensure even heating and avoid injuring the patient. The treatment area is monitored on a screen via a heat map for increased precision so as not to damage nearby areas. The Bodytite hand piece will be moved back and forth in a fanning pattern, tightening skin and removing adipose tissue. Since the fat tissue is heated during the process, removal is easier and takes less time than traditional liposuction procedures. Once complete, the cannula is removed. Typically no stitches are needed, however, a compressive garment will be applied to assist in excess fluid drainage and to decrease swelling.
The goal of radiofrequency assisted liposuction is to remove unwanted body fat as well as tighten the skin for improved body contours.
What to Expect
Radiofrequency assisted liposuction not only helps to remove unwanted fat deposits, but also tightens the skin for improved body contours. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after RFAL treatment.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 week
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after
- Stop all diet medicine, ephedrines, asthma, or thyroid medicine 2 days prior
- No caffeine after midnight day of procedure
- Incision made near treatment area
- Treatment area infiltrated with tumescent fluid
- Bodytite hand piece inserted delivering RF energy internally via the cannula and externally via an electrode
- Cannula moved back and forth in fanning motion to melt and suction away fat
- RF energy tightens skin
- Compression garment applied
Initially, swelling after radiofrequency assisted lipolysis can last up to 4-6 weeks and possibly longer depending on the extent of the procedure. Full effects of the procedure can be expected within six months to one year.
The ideal candidates for radiofrequency assisted liposuction are patients with fat deposits with moderate skin laxity but not loose, hanging skin.
Not Recommended For
Laser assisted liposuction is not recommended for patients who have an unstable weight.
Side effects from radiofrequency assisted liposuction may include slight temperature elevation, muscle soreness and discomfort, swelling, bruising, or an itching sensation.