Surgical Skin Tightening
Surgical skin excision is the ultimate skin reduction/tightening procedure. The discussion here will be limited to non-excisional less invasive skin tightening procedures.
Non-excisional less invasive surgical skin tightening requires no skin excision or mini skin excision that utilizes a new technology of radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten the skin, dermis, and underlying connective tissue usually without excision of any skin. This latest technique, BodyTite, allows for exceptional non-excisional tightening. One probe is inserted under the skin through a small incision and a second probe sits on top of the skin allowing for well-controlled heating of the skin and deeper tissues. This procedure can be combined with the RF microneedling (next section) to obtain enhanced results. This energy-based device has faster results and requires general or tumescent anesthesia.
Nonsurgical skin tightening is a nonsurgical minimally invasive procedure that tightens loose skin to yield a more contoured and slimmer appearance. Nonsurgical arm tightening has similar goals as a surgical arm lift but is limited to patients who have a mild to moderate excess skin or excess fat.
Radiofrequency deep skin tightening (RF) with microneedles: A set of 24 microneedles penetrates the skin to the deep dermis and uses radiofrequency energy to heat the underlying deep tissue to cause contraction of the supporting structures and collagen and promotes additional subdermal collagen and elastin production to reduce the appearance of loose skin. This energy-based device has faster results and requires topical or tumescent anesthesia. Usually, noticeable results occur after one treatment with the best results after 2 to 3 treatments. There is minimal downtime.
Radiofrequency surface skin tightening (RF): Uses radiofrequency energy to heat the underlying tissue to encourage subdermal collagen and elastin production to reduce the appearance of loose skin. This technology allows for skin tightening that is noninvasive with no anesthesia required for treatment. There is no downtime but requires multiple treatments to obtain results.
How long does Skin Tightening take?
RF BodyTite procedure: The time required for either of these procedures depends on the extent of the skin excision or treatment area and whether liposuction will be necessary as an adjunct to obtain the best results. Generally from the time that you arrive at the facility until the time that you are discharged home will require several hours.
Nonsurgical Arm Tightening:
The time required for the radiofrequency (RF) deep skin tightening with microneedles requires more time due to approximately 45-60 minutes for the application of topical anesthesia or administration of tumescent anesthesia. Generally, a total of about 2-3 hours is needed to perform the radiofrequency deep skin tightening with microneedles procedure.
The time required for radiofrequency (RF) surface skin tightening is usually 60 minutes requiring 6 sessions and requires no anesthesia.
How much does Skin Tightening cost?
The fee for RF BodyTite procedure has a fairly large range depending upon the extent of correction needed, possible anesthesia fee, possible facility fee, and ancillary treatments such as liposuction. The RF BodyTite procedure can usually be performed with tumescent anesthesia resulting in lower costs.
The fee for Nonsurgical Arm Tightening depends whether the radiofrequency (RF) surface skin tightening which requires no anesthesia but 6 sessions or the radiofrequency (RF) deep skin tightening with microneedles is selected with tumescent anesthesia.
For an accurate estimate, it is necessary to have a consultation with the surgeon.
Option for additional Skin Tightening:
Liposuction combined with the state of the art radiofrequency device, BodyTite, allows for more extensive skin tightening than liposuction alone. Liposuction removes fat but does little to tighten the overlying skin. Removing fat and doing nothing to address the resulting loose skin (like removing fluid from a grape resulting in raisin) may result in a less than a hope for a result. Combining BodyTite to liposuction may avoid any skin excision or may reduce the extent of resected skin. BodyTite gives an enhanced contraction of skin and underlying subcutaneous tissue to reduce the appearance of excess skin. The effect can be dramatic or subtle depending upon the settings used and various patient factors. This procedure can also frequently be done with tumescent anesthesia in a physician’s office specialized procedure room.
See BodyTite video below.
Can I transfer the liposuctioned fat to other areas?
The fat harvested during liposuction can be transferred to other areas of your body during the same setting of the liposuction procedure. Different arrangements are made during harvesting of fat during liposuction in order to allow a safe fat transfer. Frequent areas for fat transfer for enhancement include the buttocks and breasts.