The new technique using radiofrequency assisted liposucion (RFAL) from Invasix is based on bipolar radiofrequency energy which is applied to the subcutaneous adipose tissue and subdermal skin surface.
Preliminary clinical trials, histologic biopsies of the treated tissue and thermal monitoring demonstrate a rapid liquefaction of the adipose cells, coagulation of surcutaneous blood vessels and uniform sustained heating of tissue.
The dramatic rise in liposuction procedures, the aging “baby boomer” population, with decreasing skin tone and advanced laxity are seeking new body contour procedures.
The traditional tumescent, suction-assisted liposuction (SAL) is a mechanical disruption of adipose tissue through the openings in the cannula with induced negative pressure and can be quite traumatic to the patient.
In seeking to improve the postoperative patient recovery of swelling, bruising, pain and to enhance skin contraction as well as to diminish physician effort, newer generations of energy-assisted liposuction technologies have been developed.
Preliminary studies with the RFAL technique reported faster treatment, improved safety, reduced tissue trauma, liquefaction of adipose tissue, blood vessel coagulation and uniform heating of the skin and subcutaneous tissue as well potential 3D-skin tightening. Due to histologic observation of connective tissue in the treatment area there is a significant change in its structure with coagulation of the deep, dermal collagen. After treating the subcutaneous fibrous and dermal matrix with RFAL the results are impressive in 3D-soft tissue contraction and contours.
Dr. Bratani has no disclosures and interests with Invasix Ltd.