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Like a Tummy Tuck, Without Surgery

Is there a way to a flatter tummy without surgery? The answer is yes. And contrary to common belief, it might be easier, and faster, and more painless than you think. At NuBody Concepts Nashville and NuBody Concepts Memphis, our board-certified plastic surgeons perform minimally invasive tummy tucks on a regular basis with excellent results.

Below, our cosmetic surgery team has put together a quick guide to skin tightening as an alternative to tummy tuck surgery.

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Options for a Flatter Tummy

If you have excess fat and/or flabby skin around your midsection, you’re not alone. But is there anything that can be done?

There is.

“But I don’t want surgery,” you’ll say. “Even if it’s under anesthesia and I won’t feel anything!”

And there is the problem. Many people who consider a tummy tuck ultimately do not go through with it because of its invasiveness. No matter how routine the operation has become, no matter how great of an artist your surgeon is in concealing the scar, you may balk at the idea of going “under the knife.”

Don’t get us wrong. As plastic surgeons, we like the tummy tuck. It’s a great surgical procedure to remove excess skin and restore your youthful figure, especially after severe weight loss. But we also listen to our patients and want to make sure your concerns are heard. This is why we’re so excited to talk to you about BodyTite and Renuvion.

No Surgery, but Tummy Tuck-like Results

If you’re not interested in surgery, Skin Tightening with BodyTite or Renuvion is a great alternative to achieve tummy tuck-like results. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that can give you tummy-tuck like results, with much less downtime and no scarring. The underlying technology is also referred to as Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL). It uses controlled heat to shrink the tissue and fat cells under the skin. It can be combined with other liposuction methods to achieve the best overall results.

Studies for BodyTite and Renuvion have shown that they contract the skin by 35% to 45%. Remember, this is entirely without surgery. No other non-surgical procedure gets you that close to a tummy tuck without an actual tummy tuck!

“Sounds too good to be true,” you might say. And normally we’d agree. There are a lot of “miracle treatments” on offer that promise to get rid of your fat, and often they overpromise and underdeliver – from fat freezing to fat burning to anything in between.

Except with Skin Tightening, the results we’ve seen are in line with what the studies have shown.

BodyTite before and after picture of NuBody Concepts patient
BodyTite results of NuBody Concepts patient. Surgeon: Dr. Mark Peters*
Renuvion skin tightening before and after picture - abdomen
Results of Renuvion skin tightening procedure*

Best Areas for BodyTite & Renuvion

When BodyTite was FDA-approved in 2017, plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Peters (NuBody Concepts Memphis) was one of the first surgeons to incorporate it into his services. Since then, he has treated several hundred patients with BodyTite and has become an expert at achieving great outcomes. He won first place in the 2020 InMode Expert Clinician Award Program for his innovative use of BodyTite to treat cellulite.

Dr. John Rosdeutscher of NuBody Concepts Nashville has been treating patients with Renuvion for several years and achieved excellent results. Renuvion is similar to BodyTite but adds the injection of helium plasma to boost its targeted heat output. Combined with power-assisted liposuction, it does not add much extra time to a patient’s procedure, but the added skin contraction substantially improves the patient results.


As we’ve shown above, BodyTite and Renuvion are great alternatives to the tummy tuck – especially for women who want to reverse the effects of childbirth or aging without the downtime or scar.

Thighs & Arms

However, that’s not all. Do you have frustrating flab on your upper arms, or extra folds on your thighs? A cosmetic surgeon might normally advise for an arm or thigh lift. Choosing skin tightening as an alternative to surgery can get you very good results, with much less downtime and virtually no scars.


Both BodyTite and Renuvion can be used on the face for a so-called non-surgical facelift (also often referred to as FaceTite). This procedure contracts skin the same way through the application of radio frequency (RF) technology but uses a special wand calibrated for the face and neck.

FaceTite before and after picture of NuBody Concepts patient
NuBody Concepts patient before and after non-surgical facelift with skin tightening*


Lastly, another great use: age-related skin laxity that often gets mistaken for Cellulite. While genuine Cellulite is difficult to treat, our skin can assume the appearance of cellulite as it ages and becomes more lax. This condition makes for an excellent use of BodyTite.

Patient with cellulite on thighs before and after BodyTite treatment at NuBody Concepts
NuBody Concepts patient before and after BodyTite treatment on the thighs*

Alternatives to Minimally-Invasive Skin Tightening

Both BodyTite and Renuvion are minimally-invasive procedures. They don’t require surgery and are typically performed under local anesthesia, allowing for a fast recovery.

Some patients prefer an even less-invasive skin tightening option. The answer: Exilis and Morpheus.

Like BodyTite, Exilis tightens the skin, but it does so solely through the application of RF energy onto the skin surface. It can be used anywhere from the eyelids to the knees and is easily combined with our other skincare services, like microdermabrasion or scar revision. While BodyTite is a one-time procedure, Exilis treatments are typically repeated in several sessions for best results.

Morpheus is a microneedling technique that can be applied to various areas of the body and face. Like Exilis, it is non-invasive and typically needs a series of 3 treatments.

We hope that you have found this article to be informative. View our Cosmetic Surgery Library for a full list of related topics to easily find what you are looking for.

And now, are you ready to find out which procedure is best for you? Simply click the pink button to schedule a consultation today!

* Results may vary from patient to patient and are not guaranteed

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