Body Contouring with Radiofrequency-assisted Liposuction

A sculpted body

While a perfect diet and frequent exercise can assist your fat loss efforts, there’s always those areas where the fat never seems to go away, no matter how much you run or how little food you consume. This is known as ‘stubborn fat’, or the fat content of your body that was determined early in life and is much more difficult to deal with than fat added on through unhealthy practices. Luckily, there are other methods of treating this stubborn fat. Specifically, we at Sleep and Wellness offer a new treatment that uses radiofrequency. 


BodyTite is a body-contouring technique that uses radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis. Most people are familiar with liposuction, considering it’s the most popular fat removal technique, but let’s do a little review. As the name suggests, liposuction uses a vacuum (suction) to suck fat out of a given area. Even though only a local anesthesia is usually necessary thanks to the use of a cannula to easily insert the tube, the fact remains that plain, old liposuction is still an invasive procedure. But how does the use of radiofrequency affect this at all? Well, BodyTite uses two electrodes, one that is inserted into the skin, and one that stays outside, to liquefy fat. The inner electrode shoots a current into the tissue, generating heat. This heat melts fat, which can then be removed forcibly or just eliminated naturally by the body. The external electrode closes the loop and also monitors body temperature, ensuring the current is safe. The use of radiofrequency energy allows the procedure to be minimally invasive, and thus both less painful and safer for the patient, along with other improvements to normal liposuction.

As mentioned before, the use of radiofrequency makes the liposuction process easier for the patient in many ways. There are two significant benefits to using BodyTite compared to regular liposuction. The first is the tightening of the skin. A common gripe with liposuction is the irregular body contouring that can sometimes result and the time it takes for the skin to adapt to the new figure. However, the electrical current used in BodyTite causes collagen fibers to contract and for the skin to immediately adapt, quickly tightening the tissue for better-looking results much quicker than normal liposuction. The second is the coagulation of blood vessels. This reduces the leaking of blood and thus reduces bleeding and bruising that is common to liposuction. 


Many studies have been done to evaluate whether BodyTite, and radiofrequency-assisted liposuction in general, is effective. And these studies have been shown that it is not only successful, but was improved compared to normal liposuction, with optimal results being seen twelve weeks after treatment. Of those tested, there were no serious complications, and minimal pain felt. Further, there is minimal downtime for the treatment. Ideal candidates are those looking for small pockets of stubborn fat to be removed from areas such as the breasts, waist, thighs, and abdominal areas. 


If you have any questions about this treatment, or want to schedule an appointment, call our office at (609) 587-9944 or e-mail us at




Blugerman G, Schavelzon D, Paul MD. A safety and feasibility study of a novel radiofrequency-assisted liposuction technique. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010;125(3):998-1006. doi:10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181ce1820,the%20skin%20and%20supporting%20structures.


Paul M, Mulholland RS. A new approach for adipose tissue treatment and body contouring using radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) Aesth Plast Surg. 2009;33:687–694.

Tirtho Banerjee Tirtho Banerjee is a Johns Hopkins undergraduate studying to become a doctor. He believes medicine should be available to everyone and hopes that educating the public is the first step to realizing that.

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