What is Exilis?
Exilis is a new type of radiofrequency device that reduces facial wrinkles and unwanted pockets of body fat. It’s a great non-invasive alternative to surgical liposuction. Its results aren’t as dramatic as liposuction, but it’s a much safer and easier procedure for people who want to rejuvenate and re-contour their bodies.
Exilis has been shown in clinical trials to be both safe and effective, which is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it for tightening up lax skin.
What Does it Treat?
Although Exilis was first used to smooth out wrinkles around the eyes, doctors soon found it successfully tightens skin on other areas of the face—and on the body as well. The device is now often used to treat and re-contour the neck, back, arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and ankles—just about anywhere you have loose skin and unwanted pockets of fat.
How Does it Work?
Exilis delivers controlled pulses of radiofrequency—sound waves—deep into the skin. Because it’s a monopolar device (one that delivers its sound waves through a single electrode), it’s able to send the sound waves much deeper than many earlier devices. And it does this while keeping the skin’s surface cool. Thus, you don’t have to worry about your skin burning or blistering.
The heat from the sound waves causes the dermis (the skin’s innermost layer) to contract. It also stimulates the formation of new collagen fibers. Collagen is a protein that helps keep skin taut and healthy.
In addition, the heat generated by the Exilis technology—coupled with the vibrations of the device’s oscillating mechanical waves—liquefies and releases fat from the skin’s fat cells, thus shrinking and tightening up the treated area even more.
Who Can it Help?
Almost anyone with loose skin or with mild to moderate deposits of fat is a good candidate for Exilis treatments. The procedure is safe for all skin tones.