Some of the most exciting developments in plastic surgery are the technological innovations that actually make surgical procedures less necessary for certain patients.
This is especially true of new contouring techniques that have become front-line defenses against sagging skin and stubborn pockets of fat.
True Beauty is proud to offer contouring breakthroughs that use the most advanced InMode minimally invasive devices to firm up skin, shrink fat cells and stimulate the production of collagen, nature’s remarkable fountain-of-youth protein.
The AccuTite device generates heat to eliminate fat; add flexibility to skin and integrity to subdermal tissue; and trigger collagen production. It uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to reach cells below the skin’s surface.
After fat is “disrupted” by this targeted energy, it can either be removed by liposuction, which will suction away all of it, or simply be allowed to be absorbed by the body, in which case most of the fat cells will be eliminated.
The small size of the AccuTite device makes it ideal for treating facial areas such as the chin, brows, eyelids and skin surrounding the lips. On the body it is typically used in smaller areas on the upper arms, knees and back.
The treatment, performed with local anesthesia, involves the insertion of a thin probe under the skin. Together with an electrode on the skin’s surface, the radiofrequency energy created raises the temperature of fat cells and begins to liquefy them.
The process has the effect of tightening skin by agitating the tissue and fibers in the target areas.
The FaceTite device uses the same RF energy to strengthen skin and shrink fat on the cheeks, jowls, neck and other facial areas.
When it is combined with liposuction, the technique is known as radiofrequency-assisted liposuction.
It is sometimes also used to supplement microneedling, to maximize stimulation of tissue and production of collagen.
The technique is recommended for moderate degrees of sagging, and can yield results that are noticeable for a year or more.
Like AccuTite, it is performed with local anesthesia in the doctor’s office and involves the insertion of a thin probe.
The intense energy stream penetrates the skin more deeply than some other RF options.
This technique uses streams of RF energy to target fat and loose skin in areas of the body, including the abdomen, breasts and thighs.
It is more likely to be used in a radiofrequency-assisted liposuction procedure for a more dramatic reduction in fat pockets.
For loose skin, best results can be expected for patients with minimal to moderate sagging. For these patients, the benefit of a convenient procedure with no scarring outweighs the more dramatic results of surgical options.
BodyTite uses the RF energy created by the interaction between the probe and electrode to disrupt fat cells in pockets that stubbornly remain even after diet and exercise have been tried.
In the case of liposuction that involves larger volumes of fat, IV sedation may be preferred by patients over local anesthesia.
Men often try BodyTite for moderate gynecomastia.
Morpheus8 belongs to the “Tite” family of RF devices. The technique pairs radiofrequency energy with microneedling.
Small, thin needles penetrate the skin and transmit RF energy deep into the tissue. This triggers your body’s natural healing response. Faced with what it perceives as an injury to tissue, the body expands the production of collagen and elastin.
The result is that folds and lines disappear under firmer, more flexible skin, as your complexion reclaims a youthful glow.
Morpheus8 requires at least three sessions, scheduled four to six weeks apart.
It is highly effective for a range of surface and subdermal issues, including wrinkles, fine lines, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, sun spots and stretch marks.
Its primary benefit is to improve the texture and tone of the skin, but it can also be used for moderate shrinkage of small pockets of fat.
Other advantages of Morpheus8 include its suitability for all skin colors and types, and the fact that your doctor can adjust the depth at which the RF energy is applied, allowing precise targeting of specific dermal layers.
Learn More about Non Surgical Facial & Body Contouring
For more information on facial and body contouring options, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Reagan at the La Jolla office of True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine. Email or call (858) 454-SKIN (7546) today.