Green Tree Aesthetic Medicine Logo

CALL US: 412-922-6828

BodyTite vs Laser Lipo

BodyTite vs Laser Lipo

There’s been a 73%  increase in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures from 2019 to 2022 as recorded by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, plastic surgery. This indicates an increase in the desire for solutions to get rid of stubborn fat and loose skin, some options being BodyTite and Laser Lipolysis which have gained popularity and recognition.

This article aims to contrast BodyTite and Laser Lipolysis, highlighting their respective mechanisms, potential results, and considerations.

An Overview of BodyTite Technology

BodyTite is a minimally invasive body contouring treatment technique that works by making use of radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis and uses the benefits of liposuction with radiofrequency energy to improve the outcomes 

How BodyTite Works

BodyTite involves identifying a targeted area, making small incisions, and inserting a specialized cannula which then delivers radiofrequency energy, liquefying and getting rid of the excess fat cells through suctioning. The radiofrequency energy activates collagen production, bringing about skin tightening and contouring.

An advantage of BodyTite is its ability to work on fat reduction as well as skin tightening in one procedure. Fat cells are targeted and removed by the radiofrequency energy, at the same time tightening the surrounding tissue. Research by Theodorou done in 2018 shows significant soft tissue contraction in all patients undergoing body contouring with BodyTite.

Exploring Laser Lipo

Laser lipo is a minimally invasive body contouring procedure that uses laser technology to target and get rid of excess fat cells.

How Laser Lipo Works

During this procedure, a thin laser fiber is inserted beneath the skin, releasing light energy liquefying stored fat in the cell membranes. The lymphatic system can then naturally eliminate the liquefied fat or suction out with a small cannula. 

One advantage of laser technology is that specific areas can be targeted allowing for precise fat removal giving a more sculpted appearance. Laser Lipo can achieve an average fat reduction of 2-6 mm in the treated area. 

BodyTite vs Laser Lipo: Comparing the Technologies

Understanding Treatment Costs Of BodyTite Vs. Renuvion Treatments

Efficacy in Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening

Feature BodyTite Laser Lipo
Technology Radiofrequency Assisted Lipolysis (RFAL) Laser energy
Mechanism of Action Heats and liquefies fat cells, stimulates collagen production Disrupts fat cell membranes, causing them to release contents
Fat Reduction Effective Effective
Skin Tightening Significant due to collagen stimulation May offer mild tightening, less effective for loose skin
Anesthesia Local anesthesia Local anesthesia
Downtime Moderate (may vary depending on treatment area) Shorter than traditional liposuction, typically a few days
Targeted Areas Abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, and other areas Abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, and other areas
Patient Satisfaction High, with improvement in body definition and appearance High, with noticeable improvements in body contours

Procedural Differences and Recovery Expectations

Feature BodyTite Laser Liposuction
Procedure Minimally invasive, uses Radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis (RFAL) to melt fat and tighten skin Minimally invasive, uses laser to liquefy fat
Anesthesia Local or IV sedation Local or IV sedation
Incisions Small (3-5mm) Small (3-5mm)
Skin Tightening More significant due to collagen stimulation Less pronounced
Recovery Time Slower with more initial swelling and discomfort Faster with less initial swelling and discomfort

BodyTite and Laser Lipo are minimally invasive fat removal procedures with similar recovery times of 1-2 weeks initially and 3-6 months for final results. BodyTite provides additional skin tightening benefits through radiofrequency energy. 

Recovery Expectations

Feature BodyTite Laser Lipo
Recovery Timeframe Moderate (varies by treatment area) Shorter than traditional liposuction (few days)
Swelling & Bruising Common for the first few days Common for the first few days
Discomfort Potential for more discomfort due to RF energy Generally less discomfort
Compression Garment Worn for several weeks for optimal results May be recommended, shorter wear time
Return to Activities Gradual return within a week or two Resume normal activities within a few days
Strenuous Exercise May be delayed for several weeks Restricted for a week or two

Preparing for BodyTite and Laser Lipo

Consultation meeting scheduling with an experienced qualified healthcare professional for history taking, treatment recommendations, and further clarifications regarding the procedure i.e. procedure side effects, recovery period, and preoperative instructions.

Pre-procedure steps

  1. Blood tests to rule out any medical conditions and ensure safety during the procedure
  2. Smoking cessation as it affects healing
  3. Dietary adjustments as recommended by the doctor
  4. Medication adjustment as in the case of blood thinners may be stopped for a while before the procedure

Recovery and Aftercare for BodyTite and Laser Lipo


  • Recovery lasts several weeks with swelling and bruising that subsidizes over the first few weeks 
  • Pain and discomfort management due to the radiofrequency use
  • Use of a compression garment to promote healing and skin tightening
  • Restriction from strenuous activities and exercises for the first few weeks

Laser Lipo

  • Recovery lasts a few days with swelling and bruising less noticeable in comparison to BodyTite
  • Compression garments are recommended but worn over a short time compared to BodyTite
  • Restriction of strenuous exercises for a week or more

Evaluating Suitability and Safety for BodyTite and Laser Lipo

There are factors to consider when evaluating suitability and safety for these procedures and they include; personal goals, skin types, and health considerations

  • Personal goals 

For those after skin tightening and contouring in the areas with moderate to severe skin laxity, BodyTite is more appropriate

For those focused only on fat reduction, with no skin tightening, laser lipo may be suitable for them

  • Skin types 

Bodytite and laser lipo are suitable for all skin tones except laser lipo which might cause pigmentation irregularities in darker skin tones

  • Health considerations 

Individuals undergoing these procedures are not at risk provided the procedures are performed by experienced and qualified personnel.

Certain medical conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, bleeding disorders, and active infections reduce the chances for the procedures to be performed therefore a comprehensive medical history and medical supplements will be taken by the healthcare provider.

Cost Comparison and Accessibility

Cost Analysis of BodyTite and Laser Lipo

  • Cost Analysis

Factors like the location, the provider’s experience, and the treatment area mostly determine the cost of these procedures. According to TulsaPeople Magazine, BodyTite compared to Laser 

Lipo is a bit costly ranging from $4,000 to $10,000 and this still depends on the area that is being treated and the complexity of the procedure. Laser Lipo on the other hand ranges from $2,000 to $6,000 in most of the treatment areas as reported by a study published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

  • Insurance Coverage 

BodyTite and Laser Lipo are both considered elective procedures therefore not covered by medical insurance plans but some providers may offer financial options and payment plans which may make it affordable. 

  • Investment Value

According to the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, BodyTite and Laser Lipo provide improvement in body contours and overall confidence for most individuals after the procedure. Furthermore, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery studies show the safety and efficacy of BodyTite radiofrequency-assisted liposuction technique focusing on its ability to bring about skin contraction and improve general outcomes, especially in the upper arm.


BodyTite and Laser Lipo are procedures focusing on fat reduction and skin tightening respectively. BodyTite makes use of radiofrequency-assisted lipolysis while Laser Lipo uses laser technology to target and get rid of excess fat cells. 

Some factors may affect one’s choice between these procedures and these are, individual goals, skin type, health considerations, and personal preferences therefore consultation with a qualified provider is important to address one’s concerns and clarifications. 

FAQ Related To BodyTite vs Laser Lipo

What is the main difference between BodyTite and Laser Lipo?

The main difference is the technology used, BodyTite works by making use of radiofrequency assisted lipolysis and uses the benefits of liposuction with radiofrequency energy to improve the outcomes while Laser Lipo  is a body contouring procedure which uses laser technology to target and get rid of excess fat cells.

How long does the recovery process take for BodyTite compared to Laser Lipo?

Recovery lasts several weeks with swelling and bruising that subsidizes over the first few weeks as there’s additional skin tightening effects in BodyTite while Laser Lipo recovery lasts a few days with swelling and bruising less noticeable unlike BodyTite

Are BodyTite and Laser Lipo suitable for all body types?

These procedures are not suitable for all body types as BodyTite   targets those with moderate to severe skin laxity where  radiofrequency energy help tighten the skin while removing fat, whereas Laser Lipo is suitable for individuals with closer to ideal body weight and minimal to moderate skin laxity, for as it can tighten the skin to some extent, it’s not as effective as BodyTite.

What are the potential risks or side effects associated with BodyTite and Laser Lipo?

Both procedures pose minimal to no risks when performed by experienced and qualified providers but some side effects may include swelling, bruising, numbness, scarring, and infection with some medical conditions increasing the risk of complications.

How long do the results from BodyTite and Laser Lipo last?

Both procedures can have long standing results provided adherence to a proper diet and exercise after healing, with BodyTite’s collagen stimulation there may be long standing results compared to Laser Lipo’s fat reduction alone.

Request Appointment

Our team will contact you within 24 hours to confirm your appointment or offer alternative dates and times if your preferred slot is unavailable.