Radiofrequency-Assisted Lipolysis or Liposuction:Which Is the Best Body Contouring Treatment for You

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Having a toned, slim body is a goal for a lot of people, but it’s not an easy one to achieve. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise can help, especially when it comes to losing a lot of weight. But sometimes, even those efforts fall short. And that’s one reason why body contouring procedures like radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis and liposuction are so popular among both men and women looking to slim down and tone up.

At The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer both lipolysis and liposuction using the most advanced techniques and technology so patients can reach their goals. The first step is deciding which procedure is a better option for you.

Liposuction vs. radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis

Although both liposuction and lipolysis get rid of unwanted fat, the way they do it is different. As a result, your recovery experience will be different following each procedure, and the results you can expect will also vary. Knowing what to expect from each procedure can help you set realistic goals, and it can also help you feel more confident throughout your treatment.


Liposuction is a time-tested treatment for getting rid of fat in the belly, butt, hips, thighs, arms, and other areas. During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Nikolov makes one or two small incisions near the treatment area and inserts a long flexible tube called a cannula. The cannula has a blunt tip that’s used to break apart fat so it can be suctioned out of your body.

At The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Nikolov uses different liposuction techniques depending on the needs and goals of the patient. One technique, called VASER® liposuction, uses ultrasound technology to help break up fat into smaller pieces so it’s easier to remove. Other techniques use a special fluid to help break up fat. Both these options can help reduce bleeding in the treatment area so you heal more quickly.

Once liposuction is complete, your skin will need time to tighten up over the treatment area. Because skin loses its natural elasticity with age, in older patients, the skin over the treatment area might remain more lax. For older patients with less elastic skin, radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis might be a better option.

Radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis

Radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to break apart and liquefy fat so it can be absorbed and removed naturally by your body. At The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Nikolov uses a technique called BodyTite®. During the BodyTite procedure, Dr. Nikolov makes a tiny opening near the treatment area. Then, he inserts a wire probe and advances it toward the fatty tissue that’s being removed. The probe emits controlled bursts of RF energy at specific intervals. The energy works to heat up fat cells, breaking down the cell walls and melting and liquefying fat tissue. Over the next few weeks, your body will remove the liquefied debris and eliminate it from your body.

Because radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis uses heat energy to melt fat, it offers a couple of other advantages too. First, the heat emitted by the probe helps seal off tiny blood vessels so there’s a lot less bleeding. And second, the heat helps tighten up the skin over the treatment area, making it a good option for people whose skin has lost some of its natural elasticity. Lipolysis is also associated with less tissue damage and a faster and more comfortable recovery. The biggest disadvantage of radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis compared to liposuction: It’s not designed to remove as much fat. If you have a larger amount of fat you’d like to have removed, liposuction might be better for you.

Get the body you want

Wishing and hoping won't get rid of stubborn fat deposits, but liposuction and lipolysis can. Make yourself a priority, and take the next step toward getting rid of unwanted fat. To learn more about liposuction and RF-assisted lipolysis and how they can help you reach your goals, book an appointment online today.

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