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Reader Laura on BodyTite and Bingo Wings

Posted Jul 13 2010 7:30am

Reader Laura’s Comment “BodyTite is now being sold as a way to get rid of the excess skin under the arms from the elbow to the pit. Is there any way to tighten this skin without surgery? How bad are the scars after this surgery? Is there any way to minimize the scars that will happen after surgery?”

Unlike traditional liposuction which only removes fat, BodyTite claims to be the first device to remove fat and tighten loose and saggy skin at the same time. Compared to an arm lift, the £4,000 procedure would be virtually painless and involve no cutting, stitches or scars. The best results would be seen six weeks after the procedure, when the skin would shrink back by up to 40 per cent. He explained BodyTite as a sort of state-of-the-art body-sculpting machine that uses a high-powered, radio-frequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) technology to dissolve unwanted fat deposits and firm and tighten the skin. Traditional liposuction has been around for 30 years, and so has radio frequency, but this is the first time both have been combined. Radio frequency (RF) is similar to microwaves, and is used in a wide range of medical and cosmetic procedures such as eye surgery, hair removal and skin resurfacing. Thanks to the recent technological advancement and modifications, RF devices are now considered indispensable for plastic surgeons.

Daily Mail

Bodytite sounds like another “Liposuction plus” modality to me. We have ultrasound-assisted liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction and now RF-assisted liposuction. Each has made claims of skin tightening and the ones I have tried really have been unimpressive in this regard. Many of the claims made here are at least a bit inaccurate.

RF devices are not considered as indispensable by this plastic surgeon. This article really reads as advertising copy. When you read “painless” with no “no cutting, stitches or scars,” you should be at least a little suspicious.

I do love the term “Bingo Wings” though for the arm flab. This must be an English term as I haven’t seen it before.

I am not crazy about brachioplasty (arm lift) scars, but at least brachioplasty actually tightens the skin of the upper arm.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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