Exilis Elite™ is a radio-frequency device used to tighten and smooth the skin’s collagen layer and tissues beneath. The safe radio waves provide deep heat to tighten skin around the eyes, cheeks, jowl, and neck areas, as well as the abdomen, arms, and above the knees. No downtime or anesthesia is required, and for the face, we recommend 2-3 treatments spaced weekly for best results (4-5 treatments for the body). Maximum results are seen 3-6 months after the last treatment and may last 6 months or more. Touch-up treatments are recommended at 4-6 months to maintain results.
The Exilis® Elite, manufactured and distributed by BTL Aesthetics, is a non-invasive face and body contouring device designed to tighten skin while reducing fat and signs of fine lines and wrinkles.
It uses a combination of monopolar radio frequency (RF) energy, ultrasound to stimulate fat lipolysis (the breakdown of fat cells) and collagen remodelling (for skin tightening), alongside skin cooking, helping to contour the body and face.
The manufacturers state that no other device uses both ultrasound and radio frequency energy to provide similar results.
The Exilis Elite uses a combination of radiofrequency energy (3.4Mhz up to 120 Watts), ultrasound and skin cooling to deliver controlled heating to target deep tissue, addressing deeper wrinkles, sagging skin and jowls, as well as the superficial skin layer, treating finer lines.
The device comes with a handpiece to treat the body and a smaller one for treating the face. This is kept in almost constant motion as it treats.
The tip of the applicator on the end of the handpiece uses focused thermal (heat) energy to disrupt the collagen fibres deep within the skin. The aim of treatment is to raise the temperature at the skin surface to 40-42°C for 4 or 5 minutes in each area treated to achieve the collagen tightening. This will be felt as a warming sensation by the patient.
Collagen has a triple helix structure, which begins to unravel when affected by heat. Over time, the healing process encourages the production of new collagen fibres, smoothing the skin and reducing the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines. The new collagen fibroblasts help to tighten loose or slightly sagging skin, giving an overall more youthful appearance, and the collagen network is strengthened and stimulated, improving skin texture and laxity.
The applicator tip has a built-in thermometer so there is no risk of overheating and also has an option for something called ‘layered advanced cooling’, allowing the practitioner to precisely control the heat and level at which the energy is delivered. This controls whether the Exilis delivers energy to the superficial skin layer or whether the energy is targeted to the deeper tissue. The real time control of cooling and heating also means that the treatment is comfortable at the surface of the skin for the patient, and although during the treatment the skin may feel slightly warm, there will be no pain or bruising.
The Exilis Elite is used to treat everything from superficial, fine lines to deep wrinkles within the deep tissue on the face, neck and body. Skin becomes smoother and lines are reduced, while the body and face are reshaped and recontoured.
It is suitable for those with stubborn, mild to moderate fat deposits, and can postpone or even eliminate the need for more invasive treatments, like liposuction, in the future.Fat deposits in hard-to-reach areas can be reduced, all with long-lasting results provided that you continue to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
It is not a weight loss solution.
Exilis Elite is used to treat love handles, bingo wings (flabby arms), saddle bags on hips and thighs, post-baby tummies, turkey necks and jowling in the face.
According to clinical data, Exilis Elite results are generally permanent, provided that you maintain your weight following the treatment. Its use to treat cellulite is not-permanent, however, as this can easily reoccur over time.
A European study demonstrated significant circumferential reduction in all 58 trial volunteers after 4-5 treatments. Another study demonstrated longevity of results up to at least 18 months.
The longevity of the results will depend on your genetic predisposition to ageing and your lifestyle; you may need top-up treatments to maintain the results.
Side effects are generally minimal.
You may notice some pinkness or redness to the skin immediately following the treatment but this typically subsides within 15-30 minutes. Skin may be slightly tender to the touch for a little time afterwards, but this is not always the case. If you are experiencing any sensitivity it can be treated with over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain-killer medication.
Very rare risks reported include numbness, swelling (oedema), blistering, scarring, allergic reactions and nausea.
At the start of the treatment the practitioner will attach a grounding pad on your back, thigh or shoulder so that the radio frequency energy can go back to the device once it has entered your body. They will then apply a get to the area to be treated which will help the handpiece to move on your skin.
The time taken for a treatment session will depend upon the size of the area and indication being treated, for example a small area on the face and neck could take around 20 minutes, whilst a large area on the thighs and saddle bags could take up to 60 minutes.
Two to six sessions at a rate of once every two weeks are recommended, although more treatments can be administered if required. Results are usually seen within two to three months but skin will continue to improve for up to six months. Maintenance treatment may be required.
Images provided courtesy of BTL Aesthetics.
(All before and after photographs are real patients, your results may differ).
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