bodySCULPT® Plastic Surgeons Publish Study Comparing RFAL and Aggressive Superficial Liposuction of the Arms

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Arm liposuction is a proven, minimally invasive procedure to reduce fat from the arms. A study that compares radiofrequency assisted liposuction and aggressive superficial liposuction (SupL) on the arms by leading plastic surgeons at bodySCULPT® – Dr. Christopher T Chia and Dr. Spero J Theodorou, has been published in the July 2015 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open.

Ten consecutive female patients were observed who underwent RFAL of 1 arm and SupL on the contralateral arm. All the patients had Fitzpatrick skin types of III, IV, or V with an average body mass index of 26.0. Fluorescent tattooing was used to measure the key points on the arm skin preoperatively and to indicate changes in surface area post operatively. The arm liposuction surgery results showed reduction of measured skin surface areas and skin distances postoperatively in all of the patients. Both RFAL and SupL of the arms helped to achieve-

  • Quantifiable and sustained reductions in skin surface
  • Good contour and soft tissue contraction

SupL is reported to have a higher complication rate, risk for contour deformities, and steeper learning curve. The study concluded that RFAL, with computer-monitored and temperature-controlled RF delivery, appears to be a safer alternative to SupL to obtain soft tissue contraction in upper arms without the need for aggressive, subdermal liposuction.

Dr. C.T. Chia and Dr. S.J. Theodorou, the leading authors of the study are consultants for Invasix Corporation. Experts in using other less invasive liposuction techniques, these surgeons also provide BodyTite (RFAL technology) liposuction at their plastic surgery practice to liquefy fat, coagulate blood vessels and tighten skin safely and effectively.