New BodyTite Radio-frequency Body Sculpting Undergoing Clinical Trials
By Jim Greene
Published on November 29, 2010
Radio-frequency energy is the key to the latest body sculpting system undergoing FDA-sanctioned clinical trials by some 30 plastic surgeons in the United States. The system, developed by an Israeli company, has already been approved for use in Canada and the European Union.
The BodyTiteTM system, by Invasix, Ltd., uses proprietary radio-frequency assisted liposuction (RFALTM) technology to simultaneously eliminate fat cells and tighten loose skin in the treated area. Invasix hopes to capture a share of the market currently claimed by laser liposuction.
The hand piece used in the BodyTiteTM system includes a cannula that doubles as an electrode, emitting RF energy that kills the fat cells it then suctions away. Another, wider electrode above the skin uses RF energy to gently heat the skin, promoting shrinking and tightening.
Company Says RF Energy Offers Better Control Than Lasers
According to Invasix, their system is an improvement over laser liposuction because RF energy can be more precisely controlled than laser energy, resulting in more precise sculpting of the treatment area.
BodyTiteTM treatments are performed under local anesthesia or light sedation. Swelling and bruising is said to be minimal. Patients are advised to wear compression bandages during a brief postsurgical recovery period.
A partial survey of plastic surgery practices performing BodyTiteTM procedures revealed treatment prices varying from $2,000 to $8,000, depending on the part of the body being treated. One trial surgeon said expected FDA approval should open up competition and bring prices down.