What is the Difference Between BodyTite™ and Liposuction?

By: Dr. Nana Mizuguchi


Life can be challenging for the human body. Pregnancy, childbirth, dramatic weight changes, lifestyle choices, and hormonal imbalances stretch the skin, and unwanted fat pockets diminish our once youthful silhouettes. At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, we offer innovative body contouring techniques to help patients tackle sagging skin and fat deposits to regain a slimmer, sexy appearance. Dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi works with patients throughout Louisville, KY to help them reach their body contouring goals.

What is liposuction?

When diet and exercise aren’t enough, liposuction offers men and women an extra boost to get rid of annoying fat deposits. Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that safely removes unwanted fat cells from specific target areas of the body to contour and slim down a client’s figure. Popular treatment sites include:

  • Abdomen

  • Hips

  • Waist

  • arms

  • Lower back

  • Thighs

  • Buttocks

What is BodyTite?

BodyTite is an innovative liposuction treatment that simultaneously removes fat and tightens the surrounding skin to slim the body while firming sagging or wrinkled tissue. At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, Dr. Mizuguchi administers radiofrequency assisted liposuction (RFAL) to each treatment area, and the heat applicator safely contracts the skin for a tightened finish. BodyTite is often used as an alternative to invasive fat removal cosmetic surgery.

What is the difference between liposuction and BodyTite?

The primary difference between traditional liposuction and BodyTite is that BodyTite possesses the heating technology to tighten the surrounding skin during liposuction. Liposuction can be combined with other skin tightening procedures, especially if a client has saggy or loose skin.

Am I an ideal candidate for either body contouring technique?

Individuals are candidates for liposuction if they:

  • Are in good, general health

  • Have realistic body contouring expectations

  • Have unwanted fat deposits despite regular healthy diet and exercise

  • Are seeking nonsurgical, body contouring methods

BodyTite treatments are ideal for candidates who have:

  • Unwanted fat deposits

  • Sagging or loose skin

  • Skin that can be treated without surgery

Liposuction and BodyTite are considered cosmetic body contouring treatments and are not alternatives to weight loss.

Which body contouring procedure is best for me?

Dr. Mizuguchi will review your medical history and listen to your concerns and personal goals to determine which treatment course is right for you. In some cases, BodyTite is an excellent option for clients with unwanted fat pockets and sagging skin. However, other clients may choose traditional liposuction if they have healthy skin laxity. Liposuction can also be paired with skin tightening surgery if loose skin is too impaired for BodyTite treatments.

How liposuction works

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 1 – 2 hours to complete. Treatments can be performed using local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s comfort levels or the number of treatment sites. The cannula is inserted in a small incision under the skin, and the fat is gently heated, liquefied, and removed. Once the patient is approved for discharge, they may return home for recovery.

How BodyTite treatments work

Like traditional liposuction, BodyTite can be performed using either local or general anesthesia. The BodyTite applicator is inserted through small incisions in the skin, which heats and liquefies the targeted fat. Simultaneously, the applicator gently heats and contracts the skin for a tighter appearance. Each treatment area takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes to complete.

What recovery periods look like

Depending on the patient, recovery may last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Patients should expect temporary soreness, bruising, and tenderness at each treatment site, which will subside within a few days. Dr. Mizuguchi may recommend wearing a pressure garment to optimize healing and maximize your results. Patients who adhere to precautions during recovery should experience minimal scarring from both procedures.

Learn more about BodyTite and Liposuction

If you reside in or near Louisville, KY, and would like to learn more about liposuction and BodyTite treatments for your body contouring needs, contact us at Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation today. Dr. Nana Miziguchi will work with you to determine which body contouring treatment path is right for you.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.