969 North Mason Road
Suite 170
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 991-1700
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Hart Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute


Dr. William Hart, MD, FACS




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Remove Unwanted Fat Deposits Without Surgery

BodyTite powered by Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction is a revolutionary body contouring procedure that uses radiofrequency energy converted from electrical energy to melt the fat cells, while leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected.  The Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) procedure that we offer is painless and can effectively remove unhealthy and unwanted fat from the face, saddle bags, chin, inner thighs, buttocks, love handles, and abdominal areas, hips, knees, and more –with MINIMAL downtime and risk.  While removing the excess fat deposits, this new technique can firm and shape the body and reduce wrinkles without surgery, scars, and painful injections.

Innovative Device to Carry Out the Procedure

Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) is carried out with the innovative Invasix BodyTite system which comprises a bipolar radiofrequency hand piece and a RFAL computer device. The surgeon inputs the energy to be delivered to the the fat in watts, the limit of skin temperature in degrees, and high and low limits of impedance on a user-friendly touch screen. Excessive heating of fat and/or dermis is avoided since all parameters are controlled in a closed loop system. In this procedure, the access incisions are only about 3mm which is the diameter of the internal probe which delivers the energy. A power-assisted liposuction devices is utilized to aspirate the liquefied fat.

The BodyTite procedure, using bipolar radiofrequency energy, is advantageous in that it can quickly and precisely control the intensity and direction of energy to the fat, blood vessels, and dermis.  RFAL has benefits such as speedy treatment, considerably less tissue trauma, coagulation of blood vessels, controlled administering of energy, careful monitoring of skin and the subcutaneous layer, all of which makes it superior to other liposuction procedures.

Improves Patient Safety & Comfort

The BodyTite Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction procedure is performed in-office in our fully-equipped surgical room.  The procedure itself takes 30-45 minutes, depending on the area treated.  Unlike traditional liposuction methods, it offers advantages in terms of safety and comfort.  While undergoing the treatment, patients feel like they are getting a hot stone massage. At our center, we have a team of well-trained and experienced staff members to help you meet your cosmetic goals.

The use of RFAL (radiofrequency assisted liposuction) results in less trauma to the surrounding tissue and significantly less bruising, swelling, and discomfort. The ingenious engineering provides many new safety features, which allows Dr. Hart to uniformly heat the connective tissue and skin with unprecedented speed, control and safety.

What Does That Mean to You?

  • 40%-50% tightening means amazingly better results
  • It means we can do more aggressive liposuction on areas where the skin is looser because we know we can cause significant contraction to bring in that loose skin once it is emptied of unwanted fat better for inner thighs, upper arms, loose tummies!
  • Great for secondary liposuction in areas where you want a little bit more but the skin is loosening
  • Less bruising = less down time, probably no bruising at one week!
  • Fat melting is particularly effective in fibrotic areas like men's love handles, gynecomastia (male breasts).
  • Can be done with local anesthetics, right in the office.  In addition to the local anesthesia, patients are given a valium and pain medication.

How is This Different From Regular Liposuction?
Traditional liposuction uses a cannula to suction out fat cells.  BodyTite uses the same motion as traditional liposuction, but the fat is safely heated (emulsified) which allows suctioning with greater ease and less trauma to the surrounding tissues.  This controlled heating creates connective tissue and skin tightening never before available to patients!

How is This Different From SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a laser assisted liposuction that does show more tightening than traditional liposuction techniques.  This was the real advancement that laser assisted liposuction taught us.  The problem was that the laser fiber is not an efficient way to heat the underlying tissue and the current systems do not allow simultaneous aspiration (removal) of the emulsified fat.  This makes the procedure almost twice as long and not nearly as effective in evenly heating all connective tissue.  In early studies comparing the two techniques, the tightening effect with BodyTite is 2-4 times more effective on SmartLipo, and probably twice as fast.

The Power of Tightening
*Traditional liposuction shows skin contraction of approximately 5-7%
*SmartLipo shows skin contraction of 8-15%
*BodyTite shows skin contraction of 40-50%!!!

What is the Recovery Time?
Liposuction patients with the BodyTite technique have significant decrease in bruising, swelling, and discomfort with a fast recovery.  You can be back at work in 2-3 days.  We ask that patients wear a post surgical garment to assist in shaping and reduce swelling.  You will feel sore for the first week, but usually nothing worse than how a strenuous workout would feel.  You will be able to go about your usual activities, except that we ask that you do not work out for at least a week.

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