Although a healthy lifestyle based on diet and fitness can help maintain a slim and toned body, sometimes it is not enough or does not provide the desired results. Fat accumulates in areas such as the hips, waist, abdomen, buttocks, and flanks.
BodyTite is a minimally invasive liposuction procedure based on radiofrequency that permanently removes unwanted fat deposits and restores skin elasticity and tone in areas affected by cellulite. It is the ideal body contouring solution that provides long-lasting results.
How Much Does BodyTite Cost?
According to most patients, the average cost of a BodyTite procedure is around $7,000. Though, the cost can range from $800 for a small area to as much as $15,000 for a more complex procedure.
With the BodyTite system, minimally invasive treatments are performed with impressive aesthetic results, previously obtained only through surgical techniques. Unlike classic surgical interventions, radiofrequency-assisted lipoplasty does not require tissue excision, leaves no scars, recovery time is short and risks are minimal.
The procedure is a superior approach to liposuction. While liposuction removes fat and is very effective in reshaping, it does not remove laxity or tone the skin in the treatment area.
In addition, the advantage of BodyTite is that it can safely and precisely heat the tissues without damaging the adjacent areas. BodyTite is a highly effective non-surgical procedure for those looking to target stubborn fat, with visible results from the first session.
BodyTite is FDA certified and is available to those who want to contour and sculpt their silhouette using the latest and most effective radio frequency technology.
How does BodyTite work?
BodyTite provides a three-dimensional contraction of the dermis, subdermal connective tissue, and deep fat. It works by delivering bipolar heat rapidly and evenly throughout the cellular matrix.
A cannula is inserted under the skin to melt the fatty tissue, while a radiofrequency applicator simultaneously treats the overlying skin, giving a firming effect.
The procedure works both above and below the skin, treating from the inside and triggering new collagen and elastin production.
What is included in the cost of the BodyTite procedure?
When you first meet with your plastic surgeon, you should ask for a detailed price quote which includes:
- follow-up appointments;
- the surgeon’s fee;
- post-op supplies such as compression garments;
- any anesthesia supplies, staff, and related expenses;
- prescription medications;
- any needed lab work;
- facility fees for the hospital or the surgery center (in case you are not having the procedure done at their office).
In case these expenses are not included in their price estimate, you should take them into consideration when you plan your budget, so you don’t have any surprises.
Factors affecting the cost of BodyTite procedure
The main factors that will affect the cost of BodyTite treatment are the following:
Where the procedure is performed
The price is greatly affected by the neighborhood and city where your provider is located, just because the high cost of rent is transmitted to patients.
According to a board-certified plastic surgeon in Toronto, Canada, the cost for a single area, such as the central abdomen is around $6,500, and $2,800 to $3,500 more for each extra area. In general, the price range is anywhere between $8,000 and $12,500, plus tax.
The prices tend to be lower in smaller cities, such as Atlanta Georgia. Here the cost of BodyTite is anywhere between $5,000 and $7,000 per area, plus any extra expenses for anesthesia and facility.
If done in a hospital setting, the cost of the BodyTite procedure will be higher. At a private surgical center, the facility fee tends to be much lower, but the most cost-effective option would be to get this procedure done at your provider’s office, under local anesthesia
Who administers the anesthesia and its type
According to some doctors, the majority of the BodyTite procedures are done in the physician’s office under local anesthesia This way the patient saves the extra costs related to the anesthesia and facility fees.
Also, doctors say that patients who want extra anesthesia for their comfort, can do it at an outpatient surgery center, but it will be more expensive due to the anesthesia and facility fees.
If a patient has larger, multiple body areas that have to be treated, especially if the procedure involves liposuction, they can opt for general anesthesia. General anesthesia has to be administered by a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist (an MD) who will monitor the patient during the whole procedure.
When you receive your first price estimate, make sure this includes the costs for the anesthesia and the person who administers it, in case you are getting something else than only local anesthesia.
Your provider’s level of experience and credentials
In order to minimize the possible complications and get the best possible results, the BodyTite procedure should be performed by a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
Obviously, an experienced plastic surgeon will charge more than one who just started his career. Also, you should pay close attention to their before and after photos, patient reviews, and credentials.
Be aware that a less experienced physician may end up being more expensive in the long run, in case you will need extra procedures to fix a poor result.
The number and size of treated areas
With the BodyTite procedure, you can treat loose skin on different body areas including the abdomen, back, upper arms, breasts, thighs, love handles, and knees.
As you would expect, the treatment cost for a larger area or for multiple body areas will be higher than for a small area. Most doctors will charge by the area and will offer discounts for the subsequent areas.
Also, the size of the treatment is important. For example, a BodyTite arm lift will be cheaper than the thighs or back.
Whether you have a BodyTite procedure paired with liposuction or not
Usually, BodyTite skin tightening is paired with liposuction for removing fat, a procedure called radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL).
According to some doctors, BodyTite paired with liposuction will cost around 25% more than liposuction alone, considering that it takes longer to do these procedures. Though, with this pairing skin laxity can be avoided, which may appear sometimes when the fat excess is removed.
Also, the BodyTite procedure can be combined with FaceTite treatment, which uses the same radiofrequency energy technology to tighten small areas, such as the jawline. Of course, this will be more expensive as your doctor does more than one cosmetic procedure. Though, you may get a discount for doing both treatments in a single session.
Is BodyTite worth the investment?
According to 82% of members of the Real Self online forum, the BodyTite procedure is worth the cost. Some patients even said that they noticed an “amazing difference” after the treatment. The results were even more imposing when the skin tightening procedure has been associated with liposuction.
As long as you maintain a constant weight, the fat removal results from liposuction are forever. On the other hand, the results after the BodyTite skin tightening don’t have the same longevity. Though, even if time passes and the skin continues to age, the results can last for years.
Patients who said that BodyTite isn’t worth the cost either still had loose skin in the treated area (in some cases even more skin laxity than before the treatment) or haven’t seen considerable final results. Some patients even had scarring or severe burns that needed reconstructive surgery. Though, in most of these situations, the treatment had been done by a physician who was not a board-certified plastic surgeon.
In order to avoid such unpleasant situations and to make sure you make the right investment search for an experienced and highly qualified plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon with experience in body contouring procedures and skin tightening should be able to tell you if the BodyTite procedure is for you or if you need some other type of treatment.
Tips for financing the BodyTite procedure
Most practices accept financing options and provide payment plans for the BodyTite treatment.
Also, the CareCredit credit card is accepted by most providers all over the United States of America, for both nonsurgical and plastic surgery treatments.