Facial Skin Rejuvenation: Radiofrequency Energy
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,
more than 2.26 million skin rejuvenation procedures were performed in
the U.S. last year. One method of skin tightening uses radiofrequency
(RF) energy. The energy heats the deeper layers in the target area of
skin, causing intentional damage. The body responds by initiating a
repair, forming new, healthier collagen. This causes the skin to tighten
and the face to have a more youthful appearance.
RF facial rejuvenation may be preferred by some consumers because it
doesn't involve surgery, causes little discomfort and needs little
downtime. On the other hand, multiple treatments are often needed.
Patients with significant wrinkles may not achieve desired results.
Exilis is a type of monopolar RF technology. Robert Weiss, M.D.,
Dermatologic Surgeon in Hunt Valley, MD, explains an Energy Flow Control
enables doctors to deliver high levels of RF energy to the target site,
while a built-in thermometer monitors the skin temperature. At the same
time, the Advanced Cooling System uses the temperature feedback to
control the depth of the RF energy, preventing the skin from burning and
keeping the patient comfortable. Patients often describe the sensation
as a "warm" massage.
Currently, Exilis is only FDA-approved for treatment of fine lines
and wrinkles. However, Weiss says it can be used off-label to tighten
other areas of skin, like the jaw line, jowls, arms, inner thighs,
abdomen, back and ankles. Weiss says if the tip of the hand piece is
focused on a specific area, the RF energy can even induce fat melting,
shrinking the target area of the body.
The ideal candidates for Exilis are people in their 40s and 50s who
are just starting to notice some skin wrinkling and sagging. A single
treatment takes 10 to 15 minutes. However, it may take up to four
treatments to achieve the best results. Weiss says the effects generally
last for a year or two. After that, continued aging and the pull of
gravity may mean patients need some degree of touch-up.
Research compiled and edited by Barbara J. Fister
AUDIENCE INQUIRYFor information about Exilis or to locate a provider, go to http://www.btlaesthetics.com/united-states
For general information on facial cosmetic procedures:
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, http://www.surgery.org
BIBLIOGRAPHYIf you need a list of the research titles supporting this story, please contact Barbara Fister at (610) 395-1300 ext. 238.
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