Loose skin and stubborn fat can prevent a slim and trim look, even in people who are not generally overweight. At Cassileth Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, we have three radiofrequency energy-based treatments that can help: FaceTite, BodyTite and AccuTite. Our Los Angeles-based providers use this FDA-cleared technology to stimulate tissue-firming collagen production, contract lax skin, and coagulate fat without traditional surgery.
Patients who want nothing more than a minimally invasive treatment can choose FaceTite or AccuTite alone. Others may combine the slimming effects with a surgical procedure, such as liposuction, to enhance their final results.
FaceTite is a facial contouring procedure that sends radiofrequency energy beneath the skin's surface to generate a tightening effect, typically on the lower half of the face such as the jowls, jawline, chin, and neck.1 Recovery time is much shorter than with surgical skin-tightening procedures—usually three to four days of downtime—with no stitches or visible scars. The procedure stimulates collagen over time, but FaceTite patients may see some results within a week or sooner.
Some people feel that minimally invasive three-dimensional remodeling is the next best thing to a facelift. However, while FaceTite® can deliver beautiful results, it cannot replicate the long-lasting and more dramatic results of surgery.
During your FaceTite procedure your plastic surgeon will begin by applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. Then he will make a tiny incision and use the FaceTite handpiece to deliver RF energy. This energy both liquifies fat cells and tightens the various layers of skin.
During your recovery after FaceTite it is common to experience mild bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness in the treated areas. Patients can plan to return to work in roughly three days.
Created to get RF energy into the "hard-to-reach" smaller areas of the body, AccuTite allows physicians to use a very small wand with pinpoint accuracy. AccuTite can be used on any areas of the face or body that have saggy skin or excess fat. Commonly treated facial features include the brows, the area around the eyes, the region next to and beside the mouth and nose (where nasolabial folds form), and the lower face. Farther down, AccuTite® is frequently applied to the neck, the underarm area, the upper arms, the abdomen (for "etching" the look of sculpted abs), the inner thighs, and the knees.
Like FaceTite, the AccuTite procedure begins with the application of a local anesthetic to the treatment area to ensure your comfort. Then a small incision for the FaceTite device is made to precisely deliver RF energy to the treatment area. The RF energy works by liquifying fat cells and tightening the skin.
Patients can expect to see an immediate improvement following a single AccuTite treatment with up to 26% tissue contraction. There is little discomfort, and regular activities can typically be resumed the following day. Redness and swelling are normal, and will subside gradually.
Am I a good candidate?
You may be a good candidate for FaceTite or AccuTite if you have excess fat or sagging or loose skin on the face, neck, and/or body. These procedures offer significant anti-aging, fat elimination, and skin tightening results without the pain or recovery associated with face and body contouring surgeries.
Are there any other procedures that will enhance my results?
FaceTite can pair with surgical fat reduction on the neck and jowls for radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL), which provides more significant results than either option alone. Our office pairs the FaceTite procedure with Morpheus8 RF microneedling to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the epidermis. Many patients choose to enhance their skin tightening treatments with facial fillers to add volume and/or contour to the facial skin.
1J Am Acad Dermatol. Radiofrequency facial rejuvenation: Evidence-based effect. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6541915/. Accessed July 19, 2021.
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