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RFAL is an innovative one-step procedure for radio frequency assisted lipolysis

bodybeautifulMany people strive hard to look as fit and youthful as possible. This is often achieved by eating healthy and exercising, but time and genetics can have an adverse impact upon such efforts. This is why many individuals have turned to having a cosmetic procedure done in order to help fix some body issues that just stubbornly refuse to go away. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reports that there were a grand total of 1,912,468 surgical procedures and 10,879,909 non-surgical procedures performed in the United States in 2015. In all, American spent over $13.5 billion on such procedures. (1) One problem area that experienced dermatologists, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl, MD, of Lakes Dermatology in Las Vegas, regularly deal with is the removal of unwanted fat, which is commonly dealt with via liposuction. A new liposuction fat reducing procedure that also tightens the overlying skin, RFAL, commonly referred to as BodyTite and FaceTite, has been shown to have many benefits over previous liposuction methods.

Liposuction has been a useful ally in the war against fat for some time and has proven popular with patients. There were a total of 222,051 liposuction procedures in the United States in 2015 alone. (2) Worldwide, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that there were 1,394,588 liposuction procedures performed in 2015, making it the second most popular form of surgical procedure. (3) Medical professionals, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology, note that there are several different forms of liposuction procedures. The "traditional technique" uses a hollow tube to remove the fat after it has been infused with a saline solution. Other techniques include using lasers or ultrasonic sound to dissolve the fat before it is suctioned out. A new technique has come onto the market, RFAL, commonly referred to as BodyTite and FaceTite, that uses an innovative technology called Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) that shows marked benefits over older techniques.

RFAL is the first and only real radio frequency device on the market and has been fully cleared by the FDA. What makes this fat and skin tightening technique quite unique is that RFAL uses radio frequency energy that is deployed from an internal cannula to an external electrode, which focuses energy into the adipose tissue. At the same time the external electrode allows the radio frequency energy to tighten the overlying skin. This innovative procedure reduces the stress that impacts a patient's body by combining the two facets, the melting of fat and skin tightening, into a single, streamlined process. In fact, the application of RFAL is at least four times faster than other laser-assisted devices. (4) Experienced doctors, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology, are also happy with the device as its precise temperature sensors minimize the risk of any burns due to the fact that the generated energy is immediately turned off as soon as the desired temperature is reached.

Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology of Las Vegas notes, "RFAL has proven to be an invaluable tool in helping my patients look younger and healthier by the removal of unwanted fat and tightening of the treated skin. While the primary use of RFAL is to get rid of adipose tissue, there are some other great benefits as well. This procedure is great for re-contouring the body by tightening up the skin and greatly reducing laxity. The application of RFAL can result in as much as forty percent soft tissue contraction, which means skin that is a great deal smoother and toned. My patients don't have to worry about those unsightly lumps that can occur with older, and less effective, liposuction methods.” (5)

Dr. Rueckl adds, "The continuing evolution and innovation of surgical cosmetic procedures is nothing short of astounding. RFAL is an extremely effective device to quickly and efficiently remove unwanted fat, and it has also proven to be highly versatile in application. The RFAL procedure can be done to various parts of the body (called BodyTite), as well as the neck and lower face (called FaceTite). The ability to use the device for so many areas is remarkable. RFAL can smooth out the appearance of cellulite, and it can be used on multiple parts of the body. It can help contour the neck and jaw, tighten up loose skin in the arms and other smaller areas, and provide high-definition abdomen sculpting. The RFAL technology provides a safe and consistent treatment while also reducing post-procedural pain, swelling, or discomfort. RFAL has become a highly effective and popular tool in helping our clients look and feel their very best." (6)

Overall, RFAL has been shown to possess a number of useful benefits. The RFAL technology allows for a safe and effective means to melt away fat and treat and tighten the surface skin, while also reducing potential negative effects. The sensor technology ensures greater patient comfort by reducing the possibility of burns, and the device can be used to re-contour the body and tighten the skin in many different problem areas. RFAL has been proven to be highly effective and versatile, leading it to become a popular option for those seeking to look more healthy and toned.

References:

1) http://www.surgery.org/sites/default/files/2015-quick-facts.pdf

2) https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/new-statistics-reflect-the-changing-face-of-plastic-surgery

3) http://www.isaps.org/Media/Default/global-statistics/Global%20Survey%20Press%20Release_V2.pdf

4) http://www.invasix.com/BodyTite_7

5) Quote from Dr. F. Victor Rueckl, dermatologist at Lakes Dermatology

6) Quote from Dr. F. Victor Rueckl, dermatologist at Lakes Dermatology

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