Until recently, the concept of a scarless breast lift was simply wishful thinking. Today, however, thanks to breakthroughs in radio frequency technology, the procedure is real and delivers jaw-dropping results. The BodyTite Perky Lift is a minimally invasive procedure that shapes, tightens and lifts the breast without the scarring associated with a surgical breast lift. The no-incision/non-surgical procedure is the brainchild of Ft. Collins, Colorado plastic surgeon, Dr. Diane Duncan, who pioneered it with InMode’s BodyTite, a Radio-Frequency Assisted Lipoplasty device. Dr. Duncan has performed more than 250 of these procedures over the past eight years and is its leading global educator. A single treatment (one and done!) takes approximately 90 minutes and can provide up to a 40% contraction in the surrounding muscles and skin. Results are noticeable in as little as one week but are far more dramatic within three to six months.
Dr. Duncan first began using radio frequency technology in 2008, when she observed that traditional liposuction left empty, lax skin envelopes in many patients. She compared the amount of skin contraction achieved with traditional liposuction (10% skin surface area contraction at 6 weeks postop, but only 8% at one year) by using a Canfield Vectra computerized system to measure the distance between small tattoos. “As we age, the collagen support framework fades away. Young fat is fibrous and firm, old fat is soft and floppy, even pendulous,” Dr. Duncan shares. While use of the Invasix (parent company of InMode) radio frequency device added a step, by heating the subcutaneous tissue with radio frequency, Dr. Duncan saw that new collagen and a renewed blood supply were stimulated. “The overlying skin accommodates, or shrinks up, as the soft tissue below consolidates,” she explains.
New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implants 2-to-1. The BodyTite Perky Lift is currently only available in a plastic surgeon’s office. Local sedation is typically administered for the out-patient procedure.