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There are several groups of people who would benefit greatly by a tummy tuck. The best candidates are individuals who are at or near what is their best or most stable weight.
Women who have had children and have excess skin and or fatty tissue in the lower abdomen, flanks and upper abdomen can benefit by a tummy tuck or possibly a mini tummy tuck. This allows for removal of loose, excess skin and for repositioning and tightening the muscle layer of the abdominal wall that has been stretched out by pregnancy.
Other candidates would include patients who have lost a great deal of weight and have excess loose skin and fat in the abdomen and flank region.
The first thing the patient should ask themselves is if they feel they are at their ideal or most stable weight. The best results are achieved with patient's who are near their best weight. Other questions that may arise would include the down time which would most likely be a week to two weeks off work, and three weeks before any exercise could be resumed. You are going to trade off tightening and reduction of fat in the abdomen for a low transverse or horizontal scar which should be located within the pubic hair line extending laterally for varying amounts depending on which procedure is being performed.
There are new procedures which are being offered which may provide a good deal of the benefits of a tummy tuck without the need for a general anesthetic and are performed in the physician's office under oral sedation and local anesthesia. One of these new procedures is called BodyTite. This involves the use of a small probe that introduces radiofrequency energy through a needlestick that liquefies fat and is felt to have some tightening effect on the fibrous tissue and overlying skin. The safety issue with this procedure is addressed by a skin monitor which offers a continuous reading of skin temperature in order to avoid overheating the overlying skin. This procedure is not yet FDA approved but approval is pending and results to date have been very encouraging.
Patient should look for a board certified plastic surgeon. Surgery of this type can sometimes involve the unexpected. It is always important to have someone who is experienced in performing surgery of this type.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute
Remove Unwanted Fat Deposits Without Surgery
BodyTite powered by Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction is a revolutionary body contouring procedure that uses radiofrequency energy converted from electrical energy to melt the fat cells, while leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected. The Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) procedure that we offer is painless and can effectively remove unhealthy and unwanted fat from the face, saddle bags, chin, inner thighs, buttocks, love handles, and abdominal areas, hips, knees, and more –with MINIMAL downtime and risk. While removing the excess fat deposits, this new technique can firm and shape the body and reduce wrinkles without surgery, scars, and painful injections.
Innovative Device to Carry Out the Procedure
Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) is carried out with the innovative Invasix BodyTite system which comprises a bipolar radiofrequency hand piece and a RFAL computer device. The surgeon inputs the energy to be delivered to the the fat in watts, the limit of skin temperature in degrees, and high and low limits of impedance on a user-friendly touch screen. Excessive heating of fat and/or dermis is avoided since all parameters are controlled in a closed loop system. In this procedure, the access incisions are only about 3mm which is the diameter of the internal probe which delivers the energy. A power-assisted liposuction devices is utilized to aspirate the liquefied fat.
Improves Patient Safety & Comfort
The BodyTite Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction procedure is performed in-office in our fully-equipped surgical room. The procedure itself takes 30-45 minutes, depending on the area treated. Unlike traditional liposuction methods, it offers advantages in terms of safety and comfort. While undergoing the treatment, patients feel like they are getting a hot stone massage. At our center, we have a team of well-trained and experienced staff members to help you meet your cosmetic goals.
The use of RFAL (radiofrequency assisted liposuction) results in less trauma to the surrounding tissue and significantly less bruising, swelling, and discomfort. The ingenious engineering provides many new safety features, which allows Dr. Hart to uniformly heat the connective tissue and skin with unprecedented speed, control and safety.