Exilis is a body-sculpting procedure that uses an FDA approved technique. It uses radio frequency wave to heat up fat cells behind the skin. Exilis is being marketed as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
Exilis uses monopolar radiofrequency emitted by a device that produces ultrasonic energy. This procedure shrinks loose tissue and enhances collagen production. Exilis does not only help reduce fat volume but also tightens and lifts skin. This is used for treating many body parts including the neck, jowls, brows and abdomen.
How does it work?
Exilis uses dynamic monopolar RF with embedded Energy Flow Control technology to heat tissues. The idea behind the technology has been used in the field of dermatology to stimulate the skin through radio frequency waves. By using different wave settings, the energy is able to penetrate the skin and heat fat layers.
Elixis fat reduction and skin tightening work by stimulating collagen production within the skin. Radio frequency stimulates collagen fibers causing fibroblasts to start producing more protein. This results to skin tightening which is a long term effect of building up the fiber network in the skin. Exilis also uses this energy to destroy fat cells which are then broken down and removed from the treatment area. The device used also comes with a built-in temperature sensor that prevents patients from experiencing pain.
Two treatments are available and being offered; BTL Exilis Elite and BTL Exilis Protégé. BTL Exilis Elite is for body treatments while BTL Exilis Protégé is for facial treatments. The external radiofrequency applicator is applied to the skin with a very thin layer of ultrasound gel on the surface. The device passed over the treatment area in slow moving directions.
Radiofrequency energy heats the fat cells up to the therapeutic end point, this is maintained for 20 to 30 minutes. After a series of treatments, modest fat reduction is observed and an improvement in cellulite or skin tightening.
The treatment is designed to be painless and comfortable. No needles or injections is involved and most patients can tolerate the procedure very well without the need for topical anesthetics. There’s a cooling technology at the heart of Exilis’ design that prevents damage to the upper layers of the skin. This aspect of the technology makes treatment painless and comfortable to patients. Cooling occurs simultaneously with the application of radio frequencies so that the skin is cooled as frequencies pass through.
Optimal results may require several sessions depending on the patient and area to be treated. Exilis can lead to a dramatic improvement in the skin’s appearance and actual, visible decrease in circumference measurements around the arms and thighs.
Pros and Cons
• Procedure is quick which takes as little as 15 minutes per session on small areas
• Exilis works well for older patients who are not candidates for invasive procedures
• Particularly effective on “problem areas” especially those that are unresponsive to exercise and diet
• Can be either alternative or a compliment to lipolysis. It can also be combined with other treatments on the same day like BBL, IPL, or fractional resurfacing.
• FDA approved
• Exilis can be performed on all skin types or tones
• Helps improve metabolism
• No pain caused or associated with the treatment
• The effects do continue even after treatment and collagen synthesis continues to improve for 3 to 4 months after the treatment
• There may be some pinkness on the treated area which may last for 15 to 30 minutes
• Patients shouldn’t expect a 100% reduction in wrinkles or consider this as a solution for extreme fat removal
• Some patients are non-responders to the treatment
• It is a cumulative procedure which generally requires a series of treatments and can take 4 to 6 months to see full result