Last Updated on March 5, 2021 by Dr Sanusi Umar MD
As we get older, many of us may find ourselves wanting to restore youthfulness to small regions of the face and body that have started to sag. However, achieving these objectives requires a highly detailed approach with immense precision that may not be possible with larger non-surgical energy-assisted devices. To meet this specialized demand, the AccuTite™ system by Inmode has been designed to tighten skin and reshape extremely nuanced areas such as the brow, nasolabial folds, the periorbital skin around the eyes, upper arms, hands, inner thighs, and other areas. This technology represents the smallest RFAL (radiofrequency assisted liposuction) handpiece to be used with the central BodyTite™ platform to non-surgically improve smaller, or more rounded facial and body contours.
AccuTite ™ may offer an ideal solution for individuals who wish to avoid permanent scarring and extended downtime.
Fat Coagulation and Skin Tightening With AccuTite’s RFAL Technology
AccuTite ™ uses a type of electromagnetic energy known as radiofrequency to improve treatment areas. While there are certainly other similar technologies that operate on this basis, this system relies on a particular form of energy output known as RFAL. Instead of emitting radio-frequency as a spatial field, it is applied in a concentrated, bipolar direction which provides far greater control for producing specific desired end results.
Also, since AccuTite ™ is built as a handpiece required for greater precision in smaller areas, it is designed to produce smaller amounts of energy.
To eliminate sagging, the energy works to heat and liquefy fat tissue. At the same time, it also causes the skin and soft-tissue network to contract and tighten in a shrink-wrap manner to produce the final desired contour. Excess or unwanted fat is not necessary to achieve these 3D-tissue remodeling effects.
Although laser energy is also capable of producing heat and melting adipose tissue, radiofrequency, especially in its bipolar and directional RFAL form, is far more preferable energy to use for facial and body contouring purposes. RF is able to reach more deeply to produce improvements from the bottom up. Laser on the other hand creates a greater influence on the skin’s surface with a more diminished effect on deeper regions. Also, recovery is quicker with radiofrequency for skin tightening and fat removal, especially since there is no irritation or skin redness which often follows laser treatment.
Various studies confirm that RFAL carries a much greater capacity for tightening the skin, compared to other energy-based, non-surgical devices.
Research on RFAL for Skin Tightening
A publication featured in the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications studied the effectiveness of the BodyTite™ RFAL platform ( which is used to power the FaceTite ™ handpiece ) on tightening the skin and improving cellulite.
The study itself was performed on 53 patients who received RFAL treatments on the abdomen, hips, flanks, and arms.
Furthermore, skin fragments were collected from a subset of ten donors. Researchers noted that the RFAL intervention provided by BodyTite ™ incurred significant hypodermal coagulation of fat and blood vessels and produced noticeable changes in the structure of dermal fibers. These observations support the effectiveness of BodyTite’s RFAL application for producing stable forms of skin tightening over time as well as desirable forms of cellulite improvement.
AccuTite™ Treatment Areas: Skin Tightening, Nasolabial Fold Treatment, Non-Surgical Eyelift, and More
Due to its size, AccuTite ™ is recommended for smaller or difficult to reach areas. Typical treatment applications include:
- inner thighs
- upper arms
- periorbital areas
- bra fat
Eyelift and Blepharoplasty Without Surgery
One of the more highly specialized areas of treatment offered by AccuTite™ is non-surgical blepharoplasty, addressing the periorbital region around the eyes where the skin tends to be very thin and delicate. This includes the lids as well as the tear troughs where puffiness and eye bags often form over time.
Blepharoplasty is regarded as the 3rd most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. And now, for qualified candidates, it is possible to achieve lifted results in the eye area, comparable to surgery, without the need to go under the knife.
AccuTite™ works to contract and tighten the skin while coagulating and liquifying fat deposits which contribute to an overall droopy or sagging appearance.
Qualifying patients are able to experience significant improvements in the form of tighter skin and a more lifted and energized facial appearance without visible scarring or the invasiveness of surgery.
AccuTite Achieves Non-Surgical Knee Lifts
In some individuals, the knees reveal tell-tale signs of aging through the presence of loose skin. This tends to occur most often in cases of drastic weight loss.
The surgical knee lift procedure became well known when actress Demi-Moore had the operation performed in 2006.
Incisions to remove the excess, unwanted skin is made as discreetly as possible, within select creases of the knees. However, surgical scarring cannot be completely hidden.
With AccuTite’s minimally invasive use of radiofrequency, patients can achieve more youthful-looking knees without having permanent linear scars in place.
Who Is A Candidate for AccuTite ™ Procedures?
Patients with mild to moderate skin laxity can be considered for treatment using the AccuTite ™ handpiece. Individuals should also be non-smokers in generally good health who routinely avoid excess sun-exposure in their overall lifestyle.
With this general set of criteria, patients who qualify for AccuTite™ are often-times considered non-candidates for surgical face and neck lifts.
AccuTite procedures can offer amazing forms of non-surgical improvement in patients with good skin elasticity
What An AccuTite™ Treatment at the Dr.U Hair and Skin Clinics Is Like
With an AccuTite™ treatment, local anesthesia and light sedation are given to patients to minimize pain and maximize comfort levels during the procedure.
A fine probe is inserted through a small incision into the skin. Radiofrequency is applied through this conduit to selectively melt unwanted fat and tighten the surrounding areas to achieve the final contour of a particular region.
Procedures can range anywhere from 20 minutes to about an hour and a half, depending on the extent of the treatment needed.
AccuTite ™ procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and patients are able to return home right after their procedure.
Where to Get an AccuTite ™ Procedure in the Los Angeles Area
If you reside in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach and surrounding cities click the free online consultation below to find out if an AccuTite™ procedure is right for you. Dr.U responds to each and every inquiry.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is recovery like and how fast will I be able to see my results following an AccuTite ™ procedure?
In most cases, patients are able to return to work between 4-7 days, with full recovery requiring about 4-6 weeks. Results are usually apparent immediately with optimal improvements shown at about 4-6 months.
Are AccuTite ™ results permanent? Do I need more than one treatment?
AccuTite ™ results are permanent. Patients usually only need just one treatment.
Does AccuTite ™ completely replace the need for surgery?
AccuTite ™ delivers results that used to only be achievable through surgery and therefore offers a viable alternative for men and women who don’t have time for extended recovery or who want to completely avoid permanent scars. However, excisional procedures are still relied upon for producing more dramatic forms of improvement, if these types of results are desired by the patient.
- Marc Divaritos, Sylvie Boisnic, Marie-Christine Branchet, Malcolm D. Paul A Clinical and Histological Study of Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) Mediated Skin Tightening and Cellulite Improvement——RFAL for Skin Tightening, Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications Vol.1 No.2(2011), Article ID:5314,7