ASPS: More Baby Boomers seeking Cosmetic Procedures

ASPS: More Baby Boomers seeking Cosmetic ProceduresPlastic surgery practices provide body contouring in NYC for men and women of all ages. According to new statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there has been a dramatic increase in the number of baby boomers seeking cosmetic procedures. ASPS reports that more Americans age 55 and older are seeking various cosmetic procedures, with nearly 50,000 more procedures being performed on this age group in 2018 compared to 2017. There is a surge in surgical procedures like liposuction, hair transplantation and breast augmentation, as well as minimally invasive options like Botox and fillers. The main factor driving this trend is the re-entry of boomers into the dating scene.

The rise of social media, dating websites, and dating apps has led baby boomers to take a renewed interest in their appearance. Up to 20 million baby boomers are actively using at least one of these dating services, and they want to look their best and feel confident about their appearance. Commenting on this trend in the ASPS news report, a board-certified plastic surgeon said, “Baby boomers are not looking to turn back the clock to their twenties – they just want to look as young and vibrant on the outside as they feel on the inside. For that, there is a wide range of procedures to help them achieve that goal, from surgery to small tweaks that can be done on their lunch break”.

Breast augmentation ranked first among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2018. Breast augmentation in New York City is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure, helping women enhance their physical appearance and boost confidence and self-esteem. Performed using breast implants, this is an ideal option for women who want fuller breasts, to correct breasts that differ in size and shape, or to restore breast volume and firmness lost due to excessive weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or other reasons. Liposuction and hair transplantation procedures are also popular among baby boomers. ASPS reports that in 2018, breast augmentations increased by 4%, liposuction procedures by 4% and hair transplants by 18%. This age group also accounted for nearly half of all eyelid surgeries and two-thirds of facelifts performed last year.

One of the main reasons for the rise of baby boomers dating is due to the divorce rate, which has roughly doubled since the 1990s. In a culture where first impressions are so important, cosmetic procedures can make them look and feel better, and give them greater confidence in social interactions.

The rate of cosmetic procedures among this age group has increased by two to six percent each year for almost a decade (www.studyfinds.org). The StudyFinds report detailing these findings quoted ASPS President Alan Matarasso as saying, “It’s a trend that’s showing a shift in our culture. Older Americans are vibrant and living their lives to the fullest, and they want the way they look to reflect that.

Many individuals are opting to have plastic surgery in New York due to the availability of skilled surgeons. A well-trained and experienced plastic surgeon in NYC can offer a full spectrum of options as well as the latest technology to help men and women achieve their unique aesthetic goals. Choosing an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice with such surgeons is critical for a safe and comfortable surgical experience, and optimal outcomes.

bodySCULPT’s Surgeons Publish Study on Utility of RF Microneedling-Bipolar RF Combination for Skin Laxity

bodySCULPT’s Surgeons Publish Study on Utility of RF Microneedling-Bipolar RF Combination for Skin LaxityRF Microneedling (Fractora modified to Morpheus8) combined with Bipolar RF (FaceTite/BodyTite for Skin Laxity) is an effective combination treatment for skin laxity, according to a paper published 8 April, 2019, in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Titled “Adjustable Depth Fractional Radiofrequency Combined With Bipolar Radio frequency: A Minimally Invasive Combination Treatment for Skin Laxity”, the publication written by leading plastic surgeons Dr. Erez Dayan, Dr. Chris Chia, Dr. Jay Burns, and Dr. Spero Theodorou. Dr. Chia and Dr. Theodorou are leading plastic surgeons at bodySCULPT, NYC.

In a press release, InMode announced the results of the study which described the utility of combining two of its technologies to treat fat and skin laxity – Morpheus8, a subdermal adipose remodeling device (SARD) with adjustable depth, and FaceTite, a minimally invasive radio frequency (RF) based technology. This treatment combo is called EmbraceRF.

The demand for minimally invasive skin tightening and adipose reduction treatments is rising with the patient’s desire to avoid major surgery. Multiple energy-based technologies including laser, high-intensity focused ultrasound, and radio frequency (RF) have evolved in response to this demand. Of these, RF technology has steadily gained popularity with consecutive increases in use of 10% or more annually, according to the study.

In the article, authors note that a large treatment gap is prevalent among three cohorts of patients:

  • The younger demographic, who increasingly desire soft tissue tightening without traditional operations, scars, and downtime
  • Patients with soft tissue laxity who are not “severe enough” to justify an excisional procedure, but not “mild enough” to rely on liposuction with soft tissue contraction alone
  • Those with recurrent laxity who already underwent traditional excisional procedures

The use of traditional methods in such patients can lead to under treatment or over treatment. The study found that RF microneedling in combination with bipolar RF can address this treatment gap.

Morpheus8, one of InMode’s newest products, is a fractional radio frequency device with adjustable micro needles up to 4 mm depth, programmable according to the treatment area.  FaceTite is InMode’s clinically proven Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) device that is used for the treatment of facial and body areas. EmbraceRF is a minimally-invasive treatment that combines these powerful technologies to provides a long-lasting solution to the effects of facial aging. The article highlights clinical applications, such as early facial aging, recurrent laxity after a facelift, brachioplasty, and focal areas of excess skin adiposity. The authors point out that complications are rare when employed judiciously in the appropriately selected patients.

The article describes the treatment procedure – pretreatment, anesthesia, treatment and post-treatment. For pretreatment, a detailed history and physical are obtained to determine if there are any contraindications to treatment (such as, collagen disorders, active infection, immunocompromised state, pregnancy, poor wound healing, unrealistic expectations). There are various options for anesthesia and type used would depend on energy employed, depth of treatment and patient tolerance. After the treatment, cooling of the skin immediately is important to reduce discomfort and erythema/edema.

The authors concluded, “In our experience, combination RF technology (RF microneedling and bipolar RF) advances and broadens our ability to achieve tissue retraction that does not reliably occur with other energy-based devices and liposuction alone.”

Body Contouring Market Analysis and Forecast – 2017-2023

Body ContouringPerformed by skilled surgeons, body contouring in NYC is growing in popularity as an effective option to treat stubborn fat pockets, sagging skin and cellulite that are resistant to even stringent diets and rigorous exercise. Recent reports indicate that the global body contouring market is also growing at a fast pace. Market Research Future predicts that the global body contouring market will expand at a CAGR of 9.8% during 2017-2023.

Titled “Body Contouring Market Research Report – Forecast to 2023”, the report is a specialist examination report that explores the global body contouring market by Research Methodology, Segmentation, Key Players, and Major Regions. According to the report, one of the key factors driving the growth of body contouring market is increasing obese population. The report also identifies consumption of fast food, lack of exercise, and diseases like diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases as factors responsible for increasing the buildup of excess body fat.

Body contouring comprises cosmetic surgical (invasive, minimally-invasive and non-invasive) procedures to optimize body shape and improve overall appearance. This includes cosmetic surgical procedures to remove excess fat from the thigh, abdomen and buttocks, and transfer of the fat to other areas of the body that need enhancement. Plastic surgeons are skilled in using advanced technology to remove fat pockets that are resistant to diet or exercise and to address sagging skin caused by excessive weight loss or natural aging. Popular treatments include liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentation and lift, abdominal etching and butt augmentation.

The report categorizes the global body contouring market on the basis of type of devices, region, and key players. Devices come in three types:

  • Invasive devices, which are sub-segmented into ultrasound assisted liposuction devices and others.
  • Minimally-invasive devices, which are sub-segmented into laser assisted lipolysis devices and radiofrequency assisted liposuction devices.
  • Non-invasive devices, which are sub-segmented into radiofrequency lipoplasty devices and high intensity focused ultrasound lipoplasty devices.

The report points out that non-invasive and minimally invasive body contouring treatments are on the rise. In the US alone, revenue from body contouring treatments was more than $361 million in 2014 and demand for the product is projected to grow 15.4% per year through 2019.

Region-wise, the report notes that North America commands the largest market for the body contouring, mainly because about 55% of total North America population is suffering from overweight and obesity. The increasing health care expenditure and governmental support for the research and development of the different devices and surgery are also fueling for the growth of the market. Europe is the second largest market followed by the Asia Pacific region. Increasing demand for the better treatment and devices and increasing prevalence of disease like diabetes and obesity offer opportunities for the growth of the body contouring market in the Asia Pacific region.

The report lists the major players in the global body contouring market as: Alma Lasers (Israel), Meridian (Michigan), Cynosure (US), Syneron Medical (Israel), Lumenis (Israel) and Palomar Medical Technologies (US). Other companies that involved in the market includes Valeant (Canada), GlobalMed Technologies (US), Asclepion Laser Technologies (Germany), Andrew Technologies (Canada), BTL Industries (US), Cutera (US), Fotona (Slovenia), GlobalMed Technologies (US), Chromogenex (UK), Human Med (Germany), InMode (US), Invasix Aesthetic Solutions (US), Erchonia (US) and Wells Johnson Company (US).

Due to increasing prevalence of obesity across the globe many of the companies are in the race to introduce better treatment for obesity. Companies are using strategic alliances and acquisitions to gain a higher share of market and minimize competition.

Body Contouring: The Importance of Online Patient Reviews

Body ContouringPlastic surgery centers offering body contouring in NYC post before and after images of their patients on their websites so that people can see the transformation that a procedure can create. However, these photos reveal nothing about the person’s actual experience with plastic surgery. That’s why most people considering an aesthetic procedure turn to social media and online forums to read real patient stories. ModernMedicine Network recently reported on a new study published in Dermatologic Surgery which suggests that online patient reviews on social media sites can help dermatologists showcase and educate patients about minimally-invasive fat reduction procedures.

According to the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, body contouring procedures are among the top four treatments patients request. Men and women can choose from a variety of minimally-invasive and noninvasive fat reduction procedures to improve their appearance. Patients rate their cosmetic surgical experiences on platforms such as RealSelf.com, which is one of the most trusted sources for people considering an elective cosmetic treatment. The authors of the study say that aesthetic providers should use this information “to guide decision-making around minimally-invasive technique selection and price setting within their own practices”.

The goal of the study was to identify the most popular and widely accepted body contouring procedures among patients, especially newer ones that were not so frequently requested. The authors reviewed 11,871 patient reviews on fat-reduction procedures posted on Realself in 2017. The researchers categorized patient satisfaction ratings under three heads: “Worth it” (positive), “Not worth it” (negative), and “Not sure” (neutral).

To ensure more accurate comparisons, the team classified reviews of 13 unique minimally-invasive procedures into five body contouring modality categories:

  • Laser
  • Radiofrequency
  • Ultrasound
  • Cryolipolysis
  • Injectables

The reviews on these popular body contouring modalities were also compared to patient responses on traditional liposuction or invasive body contouring. The team also assessed and compared patient reviews of tumescent liposuction, a fat reduction technique, can address larger volume patient cases than minimally-invasive procedures. This procedure can be performed in one session, and unlike traditional liposuction, does not require the operating room and anesthesia. Researchers reviewed 7,170 patient reviews that included all five minimally-invasive procedure categories. The results of the study are as follows:

  • The overall satisfaction rating was 58%
  • Despite being more expensive and more invasive, liposuction, which had 4,645 patient reviews, had a higher satisfaction rating of 66 percent. Tumescent liposuction got a 63-percent satisfaction rating.
  • Despite having a lower umbrella positive rating than more traditional, extensive techniques, the minimally-invasive procedures still had a median global rating of 81 percent satisfaction.
  • Laser procedures received 3,565 reviews and a 61-percent satisfaction score. Laser liposuction is a minimally invasive fat reduction procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia.
  • Cryoplipolysis technique CoolSculpting got a 55-percent satisfaction score.
  • 319 patients reviewed injectable treatments which got a 49-percent satisfaction score. Kybella (injectable) got a satisfaction score of 49 percent, while 314 patients reviewed radio frequency techniques, giving it a satisfaction score of 63 percent.
  • 275 patients reviewed ultrasound liposuction which received a satisfaction score of 73 percent.

The study authors suggest that aesthetic providers can use patient reviews in many ways:

  • For clinical cost setting – discussing costs with patients is important because minimally-invasive procedures are typically paid for out-of-pocket. Clinicians should also inform patients that costs may vary based on the number of treatments they will need to achieve the desired results.
  • To better understand how patients view the pros and cons of minimally-invasive procedures from a real-world perspective – by telling patients about how other individuals responded to these body contouring techniques, providers can help patients make more informed decisions.
  • Obtain the tools they need to correct any misperceptions or misinformation patients gather from searching about fat reduction techniques online.

Patient reviews provide facts about one person’s experience, but not all online resources provide accurate evaluations of patient satisfaction or of a procedure’s efficacy and safety. For example, in a recent study, published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, researchers from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School found the majority of YouTube videos on facial plastic surgery procedures were misleading marketing campaigns posted by non-qualified medical professionals. Out of 240 videos with a total of 160 million views, only 72 videos featured board-certified physicians to assess the procedures accurately and provide patients with proper information.

To sum up in the words of the author of Dermatologic Surgery study, “Aesthetic providers should familiarize themselves with online reviews, such as those on RealSelf.com, so they will be better prepared to help patients make the right decisions that fall best in line with the patient’s medical history. This is because social media is one of the easiest ways for people to get reviews of other people’s experiences and clinicians should want to see what information is out there and what their patients are gleaning from it.”

Important Considerations When Opting for a Body Contouring Procedure

Body contouring in NYC is in popular demand, as it helps men and women to improve their appearance considerably. From liposuction to Brazilian Butt Lift, millions of people are opting for different plastic surgery procedures to contour specific body parts. But before making any decision to undergo such an aesthetic procedure, it’s very important that you have a clear understanding about the procedure and why it’s done.

Body ContouringHere are some important considerations:

  • Find a good plastic surgeon: The very first step when deciding to undergo a body contouring procedure is to find the right plastic surgeon, if you are looking for optimal results. You need to understand the traits of a good plastic surgeon – make sure that the surgeon you approach is qualified and experienced, and has proven his/her proficiency in performing your chosen aesthetic procedure. You must have a clear idea about your cosmetic goals and be able to convey this to your plastic surgeon. For that, you can prepare a set of questions to ask him/her: the number of successful procedures the surgeon has performed, the techniques used, and also request to view the before and after photos of former patients. This will help you be assured that you have made the right choice. Finalize your decision regarding the surgeon, only if you find that he/she can be trusted and you feel comfortable with.
  • Do a detailed research on the procedure: Perform a thorough research on the particular procedure you are looking for. Read articles and other publications on the same and search online. Be specific about what you would like to change or improve so that you can take a wise decision regarding what procedure can work on you. Most importantly, don’t go for additional plastic surgery procedures (which your spouse or friend may want you to do) that you’re not comfortable with. Understand that you cannot expect the same results that a celebrity or your friend has achieved, because the results of a procedure would depend on various individual considerations.
  • Choose an accredited plastic surgery practice: Make sure that your procedure is performed in a good hospital or an outpatient surgery center or a plastic surgery practice that is accredited by a recognized national certifying agency such as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Institute for Medical Quality, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization, State-licensed or Medicare-certified. Such practices would have all the features necessary for a safe surgical environment in the operating room.
  • Determining your candidature for the procedure: After finalizing the procedure, you should also determine your candidature for the procedure, because not every aesthetic procedure is ideal for everyone. You may be a good candidate for different body contouring procedures if you’re healthy, have reasonable expectations, and know the risks of the procedure you’re considering. If you have any serious illness or health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, heart disease, or depression, you might be advised to stay away from aesthetic procedures. Moreover, for women considering a cosmetic procedure such as tummy tuck in NYC or a breast procedure, it’s better to wait until they are done having children and breastfeeding. This is because during pregnancy the abdominal wall and skin stretches out and you may lose the results achieved. To be an ideal candidate, your plastic surgeon would advise you to consider certain factors such as:
    • Have an ideal BMI. A procedure would provide optimal results for healthy adults within 30% of their ideal weight. Moreover, it is important that body weight has remained stable for at least six months.
    • Have good skin tone with only mild to moderate laxity.
    • Quit smoking for at least two to four weeks after surgery.
    • Stop consuming certain medications such as blood thinners.
    • Limit alcohol consumption prior to and after the procedure.
    • Have realistic expectations, a positive outlook and specific body contouring goals.
    • Adopt and follow a healthy lifestyle
  • Have a clear view regarding the complications and risks associated with the procedure: Each procedure, be it invasive or non-invasive, has risks associated with it, and it’s important to ask your plastic surgeon about the benefits and risks associated with your procedure. The most serious complications of surgery usually have to do with excessive blood loss, infection, or adverse reactions to general anesthesia. What you have to understand is that risks vary widely from patient to patient and from one procedure to another. There are some procedures that are riskier than others, although recent advances in plastic surgery continue to make complications more and more unlikely.
  • Plan your time: You should be sure that the surgery and recovery schedule fits your schedule. Check your calendar and see if you have enough time to take rest after your body contouring procedure. This is very important or else it can ruin your recovery period and results. So plan your procedure time carefully.

Do your research well, when considering body contouring in NYC. Choosing an AAAASF-accredited practice is important as this would ensure adherence to strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials.

Traits of a Good Plastic Surgeon

Plastic SurgeonMore and more men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC to improve their appearance. Advancements in technology are helping them achieve the transformation they always dreamt about with minimal surgical trauma and short downtime. However, choosing the right surgeon is important for safe treatment and optimal outcomes. If you are planning to have an aesthetic procedure, you need to know about the traits to look for in a potential plastic surgeon. While this is the case, not all people are aware of what to look for in a good plastic surgeon. Here are the basic signs and traits to look for that can help you decide if a plastic surgeon is good enough for the particular procedure you are considering:

  • The plastic surgeon is experienced and well-trained in the procedure: While considering a cosmetic procedure, make sure that the surgeon you choose is well-qualified, that is, he or she should have the background, skills and experience to deliver a safe and effective procedure. Importantly, the surgeon should be experienced and skilled in performing the procedure you want. The surgeon should have extensive training with the most current aesthetic techniques. Body contouring is performed using different techniques and only a specialist who is skilled in these techniques can produce good results. Schedule a consultation and discuss your aesthetic goals so that the surgeon can determine which would be the best option for you.
  • Honesty: One of the important attributes to look for in a plastic surgeon is transparency and honesty. The plastic surgeon should be trustworthy and should open up about his expertise in the particular procedure (such as providing evidence of how many times they’ve performed it or and how it has worked out) patient is looking for. This will build trust in patients and also lead to better outcomes. According to the article in Readers Digest, “some doctors are so afraid of negative online reviews or of making a patient upset that they’ll allow the patient to bully them into doing something they don’t feel is best.” An honest surgeon who truly cares about the patient will be frank about anything in the patient’s best interests.
  • Comfort level: Our bodies are generally good at making judgments of situations and people. Make sure you are comfortable discussing your concerns with the plastic surgeon you approach. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
  • Not pressurizing: A good plastic surgeon won’t force or pressurize patients into cosmetic surgery before they are ready. Even if the procedure is performed under proper guidance, complications are a possibility. So choose a surgeon who will explain the benefits as well as risks of the surgery to you, including the potential complications. This will help you take an informed decision.
  • Easily accessible: Look for a plastic surgeon to whom you can connect to conveniently. As a Readers Digest article points out, physicians offer alternate scheduling (like weekend hours), call lines, online test results, and e-mail access to help patients get the care they need when they need it.
  • See if your surgeon updates his/her skills: Cosmetic surgery is a constantly changing field with new information, research, technology, and treatments emerging all the time. Good plastic surgeons will be willing to learn more about newer techniques and update their skills. Experts also train other physicians in innovative surgical techniques.

A good plastic surgeon would also respect the ethical principles in plastic surgery. According to a Northwestern Now News story, the four principles of medical ethics are respect for autonomy of the patient, beneficence or promoting what is best for the patient, nonmaleficence, also known as “do no harm”, and justice. They will also adhere to the guidelines for posting content on social media.

When choosing a NYC plastic surgeon, do your research well. You should educate yourself about patient safety and also learn how to make a smart choice about the facility where the procedure will be performed. If you are considering body contouring in NYC, choose an AAAASF-accredited practice. This would ensure adherence to strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials.

Body Contouring Devices Market – Opportunities and Trends

Body ContouringA growing number of men and women are opting to have body contouring in NYC to get rid of localized fat deposits that persist even after strenuous dieting and exercise. NYC surgeons use innovative minimally-invasive and noninvasive techniques to remove unwanted fat from various areas and reshape and sculpt the body. Popular treatments include liposuction, tummy tuck, breast augmentation and lift, abdominal etching and butt augmentation.

Recent market research reports say that the rise in aesthetic consciousness has created a favorable environment for the growth of body contouring devices market. A Coherent Market Insights report titled “Body Contouring Devices Market – Global Size, and Opportunity Analysis, 2017-2025” analyzes the development of body contouring market, with focus on the US market. According to the World Health Organization, over 1.9 billion adults were reported to be overweight in 2014, out of which 600 million were obese. This accounts for 13% of the total world population. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity.

According to the Coherent Market Insights, victims of obesity and bariatric surgery patients are the high probable targets of the global body contouring devices market. Sagging skin is a major concern among people who have undergone weight loss or have had bariatric surgery. Body contouring helps to get rid of this excess skin as well as remaining fat and improves overall appearance.

The report identifies the factors driving the growth of the body contouring market as:

  • Increase in the rate of obesity at a global scale
  • Advancements in the field of aesthetics
  • Increasing awareness among people regarding fitness
  • Non-invasive devices and treatments

The study notes that high treatment costs of body contouring could dampen the growth of the market over forecast period 2017-2015. The reimbursement policies of body contouring procedures do not include the cost of aesthetic products that are used in the process which is another restraint for the global body contouring devices market.

Geographically, the body contouring devices market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa. North America is expected to dominate the market owing to people’s increasing awareness about body aesthetics. The report identifies the leading players in operating global body contouring devices market are Cynosure, Meridian Co. Ltd., Syneron Medical Ltd., Lumenis, Alma Lasers, Ltd and Palomar Medical Technologies.

Innovative Body Contouring Procedures available in NYC

Body ContouringBody contouring in NYC was once confined to conventional invasive procedures. However, today, skilled NYC plastic surgeons make use of the latest technology and innovative minimally and noninvasive techniques to perform various aesthetic procedures. More and more men and women are taking advantage of the advancements in technology to achieve rejuvenate their appearance or slow down the signs of aging. According to an article from Allure, the procedures and techniques that are trending in 2018 are CoolSculpting, implants and Brazilian butt lift surgery.

Coolsculpting is an innovative option to address small bulges of unwanted fat pockets in the abdominal area. This non-invasive procedure could be the right option for healthy individuals who want to get rid of stubborn fat but re not willing to undergo knife to achieve their aesthetic goals. This FDA-cleared fat reduction technique works on cryolipolysis, a treatment which destroys fat cells by freezing them. The only sensations that patients experience during the treatment are intense cold and sensations of tugging and pinching in the treatment area due to the vacuum pressure. These effects are temporary and subside soon. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, procedures that use special technology to “freeze” away fat without surgery increased 7% from 2016. However, if you are looking for the correction of a sagging and loose abdomen or something more than a minor reduction, then the right option would bea tummy tuck. The procedure tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin to result in a trimmer, streamlined midsection.

The latest plastic surgery procedural statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that breast augmentation topped the list in 2017 with 300, 378 procedures, up 3 percent from 2016. Breast augmentation in New York City with implants is still trending. Leading NYC plastic surgery practices offer various breast implant options to enhance the bust line. The procedure boosts size, corrects asymmetry, and reshapes breasts that have lost volume and firmness.

When it comes to arm contouring, New York City plastic surgery practices provide safe and effective minimally invasive liposuction treatments using advanced devices such as BodyTite, Smartlipo Triplex, and VASERlipo. The plastic surgeon will recommend the right modality to address flabby upper arms based on individual considerations. Advances in technology and plastic surgery techniques now make it easy to get rid of that excess fat with a scarless arm lift using FDA-approved BodyTite radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) platform. While conventional arm lift surgery leaves scars, these unique, minimally-invasive liposuction techniques do not.

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)has emerged as one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. The Brazilian Butt Lift in NYC is performed under local anesthesia. This is a relatively new concept invented by leading NYC plastic surgeons Dr. Spero Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT®. A combination of liposuction and fat grafting, Brazilian butt augmentation results in youthful, perky, firm buttocks and a more sensual body profile. Many women now prefer the fat transfer procedure over implants as it can create results that are natural looking and can be customized to each candidate’s preferences. A good candidate for BBL is the one who has the best donor fat cells that can be re-injected back into the buttocks for augmentation.
When performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, all of these procedures would provide optimal outcomes for an ideal candidate. To be a good candidate for body contouring in NYC, you should be in good health, have good skin elasticity, and reasonable expectations about the outcome.

Radiofrequency Technology provides Efficient Skin Tightening in Body Contouring, finds New Study by bodySCULPT Plastic Surgeons

A new study, “Soft Tissue Contraction in Body Contouring With Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction: A Treatment Gap Solution”, published 15 May 2018 in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal highlights the benefits of using RFAL technology for aesthetic body contouring. Authored by plastic surgeons Spero J. Theodorou and Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT® in NYC and Daniel Del Vecchio, MD, the research reviews the clinical application of electromagnetic energy via the BodyTite device on soft tissues during suction lipectomy, its effect on soft tissue contraction or skin tightening, and its use in aesthetic body contouring in various clinical scenarios.

Radiofrequency Technology provides Efficient Skin Tightening in Body Contouring, finds New Study by BodySculpt Plastic SurgeonsLiposuction is the most commonly performed aesthetic plastic surgery operation performed worldwide for body contouring. Factors such as the continuous rise of obesity, trend in social media and selfies are driving for the demand for liposuction procedures. Advancements in anesthesia and improvements in technology and techniques have made the procedure safer and more accessible as well. Patient expectations have increased along with these improvements in body contouring procedures. In addition to attractive outcomes, cosmetic surgery patients desire quick treatment with minimal downtime and short recovery time. This has fuelled the popularity of minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures to get eliminate unwanted fat and reshape different parts of the body.

A common concern among patients who have had liposuction is the extra, loose skin that remains after procedure. In fact, as the authors of the new study point out, despite the advancements in the field of aesthetic surgery, finding a procedure that can tighten the skin along with fat removal has remained a challenge. The researchers explain how Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) fills the gap.

A relatively new concept in energy-assisted body contouring techniques, Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) using the unique BodyTite device offers superior soft tissue contraction, leading to excellent skin tightening effects. The BodyTite liposuction device has two probes that work simultaneously. One works beneath the skin, heating the entire soft-tissue matrix and melting the fat via the temperature controlled radiofrequency technology. The second probe simultaneously aspirates the liquefied fat and coagulates the adipose, fibrous, and vascular tissue. Once the tightening part of the treatment is over, suction-assisted lipectomy is done for contouring purposes, if needed. The heat generated helps tighten the skin quickly and coagulates the tissues, allowing the plastic surgeon to sculpt the body to the ideal shape.

BodyTite is a versatile technology. According to the study, the applications of RFAL in plastic surgery include contouring of the arms, abdomen, medial thighs, neck and breasts. When it comes to the upper arm contouring, brachioplasty or arm lift surgery has been the mainstay. However, the procedure involves long, visible scars, which is a concern for most patients. BodyTite™ on arms (ArmTite) can provide smooth, shapely arms without the visible scars associated with traditional arm lift surgery. RFAL-assisted liposuction is now also used to perform scarless breast lift surgery. The BodyTite Perky Lift addresses flat, sagging and drooping breasts and results in youthful looking, beautiful breasts.

The study notes that RFAL is ideally suited for local anesthesia for small, discrete areas in properly selected candidates. For smaller areas of the face (FaceTite) and for soft tissue tightening where fat removal is not required, liposuction is not performed. Another advantage of BodyTite liposuction is that is safe. The surgeons point out that the technology ensures both uniform and efficient heating of the soft tissues while reducing the risk of overheating and burns.

Ideal candidates for BodyTite liposuction are those who are healthy and have stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is also important that you have realistic expectations about the outcome.

“RFAL can achieve consistent and reproducible results with excellent soft tissue contraction but without the complication rates of aggressive, superficial liposuction,” the authors conclude. They point out that in a patient satisfaction survey following RFAL, 89% of patients who underwent the procedure said they would recommend it.

BodyTite: A Versatile Minimally Invasive Body Sculpting Technology

Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction Device for Body ContouringUnlike conventional liposuction which requires general anesthesia, body contouring in NYC now involves the use of minimally invasive techniques that require only local anesthesia. One versatile minimally invasive modality that provides excellent aesthetic results is BodyTite. This advanced liposuction platform makes use of patented radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) technology to provide safe, gentle and sophisticated body contouring. A study published in the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal by plastic surgeons Spero J. Theodorou, Christopher T. Chia and Robert J. Paresi found that  the BodyTite RFAL device is safe and effective for energy-based liposuction with local anesthesia in the awake patient. In fact, this is the first study that used RFAL with local anesthesia in an accredited outpatient office operating facility (AAAASF).

The study involved 97 patients who underwent RFAL under local anesthesia under IRB approval. The surgeons treated 144 anatomical areas in 132 operations and collected the following data: age, sex, height, weight, body mass index (BMI), anatomical area of treatment, operative time, amount of tumescent solution used, amount of fat aspirated, amount of kilojoules (kJ) delivered, and the incidence of infections, seromas, adverse effects from medications, and thermal injuries. The patients were asked to complete an online survey assessing the aesthetic outcome and quality of life after treatment with RFAL-assisted liposuction. Three independent plastic surgeons were asked to evaluate photographs of 6-month postoperative results in comparison to the preoperative photos.

The results were as follows:

  • The overall incidence of major complications was 6.25% and the incidence of minor complications was 8.3%.
  • 82-85% of patients were satisfied with the body contouring and skin-tightening effects of RFAL
  • 89% of patients reported they would definitely or probably recommend RFAL treatment to someone else
  • Overall patient satisfaction was 82% for the degree of skin tightening and 85% for BodyTite body contouring results.
  • Independent evaluators noted the improvement in body contour as good to excellent in 74.5% of patients and improvement in skin tightening as good to excellent in 58.5% of patients.

The results led the authors to conclude that the BodyTite RFAL device is a safe and effective option for energy-based liposuction using local tumescent anesthesia in the awake patient.

BodyTite: A Versatile Minimally Invasive Body Sculpting TechnologyThe researchers also found that anesthetizing and treating sensitive areas like the thighs and chest with the RFAL device under local anesthesia took more than the average operating time by traditional liposuction. The authors also noted that higher concentration of lidocaine in tumescent fluid is a critical part of effectively performing BodyTite liposuction under local anesthesia.

The surgeons consider the ideal candidate for BodyTite treatment as a person with moderate to severe skin laxity without irreversible damage to the dermis or presence of stretch marks. A moderate amount of excess fat tissue is necessary to allow for subdermal contraction to occur.

BodyTite removes unwanted and stubborn fat from multiple areas of the body such as the face, neck, chin, upper arms, abdominal areas, love handles, hips, inner thighs, knees, and buttocks. ArmTite and the BodyTite Perky Lift are two procedures that use The RFAL-assisted liposuction technique to provide well-shaped arms and breasts without scars and extensive downtime.

The right surgeon and reliable aftercare and follow-up are all very important factors when it comes to success with body contouring in NYC. Only a experienced plastic surgeon who is sensitive to patient requirements and attaches top priority to patient safety and care can provide safe treatment and attractive and long-lasting body sculpting results.