Exilis skin tightening is a non-invasive treatment used to stimulate new collagen production and improve the subdermal tissue which supports the surface layer of the skin. The treatment provides a tightening of the visible skin. Exilis is a radiofrequency or RF device with two separate heads to treat the face or body. This type of procedure works well to treat skin laxity caused by volume loss or damaged skin from prolonged sun exposure. Unlike other skin rejuvenation treatments, Exilis skin tightening can be used on all skin types and is FDA-cleared to treat wrinkles around the eyes.
A GOOD CANDIDATE for Exilis skin tightening includes:
The following patients are NOT GOOD CANDIDATES for Exilis treatments:
Exilis skin tightening is performed in a doctor’s office and only takes 20 to 30 minutes to treat a single area. Treatments are well tolerated so no anesthetic or numbing cream is needed. The doctor will place a grounding pad, usually on the patient’s back, to ensure safe delivery of the radiofrequency. The Exilis hand piece is applied to the skin and glides throughout the treatment area. As the radiofrequency energy flows from the tip of the device, patients will experience a warming sensation. The heat emitted from the device reaches a temperature of about 42 to 44 degrees Celsius to allow structural changes and the production of collagen. As the device delivers heat, a cooling device on the hand piece counteracts the heat to keep the skin temperature comfortable. Patients are advised to have a series of 4 to 6 sessions, two to four weeks apart, to achieve the maximum results.
Exilis skin tightening can range from $250 to $500 per session and 4-6 sessions are recommended. The cost can vary according to whether the treatment is for the face or body and how large of an area is being treated. The price can also fluctuate according to the geographic location of the practice.
Unlike other skin tightening treatments, Exilis does not have any RECOVERY or DOWNTIME after the treatment. There should be no bruising, swelling, bleeding or discomfort with Exilis skin tightening. The skin can be pink or slightly red and warm to the touch for up to 30 minutes after a treatment. Nevertheless, patients can resume all activities and work directly after the procedure.
Since Exilis works by stimulating new collagen growth, the results can take some time to become noticeable. Exilis skin tightening can reduce the aging aspects of the patient’s skin but the results are not as dramatic as a facelift. Over the course of the treatment, patients can begin to see an improvement in skin tightening which will result in less fine lines and wrinkles. Patients can expect to see some results within a period of several weeks to months. However, the complete results may not be apparent for 3-6 months. The effects of Exilis are not permanent and touch-up treatments will be needed to maintain the results. Most patients have touch-up treatments every six months to a year. However, the frequency of maintenance treatments depends on the individual patient.
The limitations of Exilis skin tightening include:
The risks associated with Exilis skin tightening treatments are:
It should be noted that Exilis skin tightening is a very safe treatment. The risk of injury, burn or pain is extremely unlikely due to the automatic shut-off safety feature on this device. This is what differentiates Exilis from other radiofrequency treatments.
Exilis skin tightening reduces fine lines and wrinkles and provides tighter skin by stimulating collagen production. The treatment is non-invasive and there is no downtime. Since Exilis skin tightening results happen gradually over the course of the treatment, many doctors take “before and after” photos so the patient can notice the degree of improvement. Patients should consult with a board-certified doctor who performs Exilis regularly to find out if they are a good candidate for the treatment.
Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team - MA
Based on an exclusive interview with Mary Lupo, MD in New Orleans, Louisiana