The desire to tighten loose skin without the scalpel has an irresistible appeal. There are many causes of lax skin around the face and on the body. It may be the result of weight loss or pregnancy. Often if occurs as a natural part of the ageing process.
The Exilis Ultra is the worlds leading non-invasive face and body contouring device and its unique technology has the ability to deliver energy superficially or deeply into the skin.
Superficial distribution of energy into the dermis without skin cooling results in skin tightening whereas advanced skin cooling technology also allows energy to be targeted deep into the hypodermis, thermally destroying fat cells (apoptosis) to remove small pockets of unwanted fat resistant to diet and exercise.
Hence the Exilis has the capability to tighten loose skin with or without the removal of unwanted small fat pockets (Hot Sculpting) and this is very important. Fat destruction maybe a desirable clinical outcome on the body but is definitely not required on the face because removal of the subcutaneous fat cushion from the face would result in an aesthetically unpleasing gaunt appearance.
This latest advanced technology uniquely combines both Radiofrequency (RF) and Micro-Focused Ultrasound (HIFU).
Treatments can be carried out on any part of the body, but, generally speaking, problem areas include:
- Face – forehead and around the eyes, cheeks and around the mouth, jaw line, jowls and the area under the chin.
- Body – arms, thighs, knees, buttocks and breast areas.
The procedure is painless with no recovery period or downtime.
Skin tightening explained in detail
The skin is comprised of two layers:
- The epidermis forms the external outer layer we see
- The dermis forms the deeper invisible layer beneath
The protein collagen provides the main structural support to the dermis.
Beneath the dermis lies the hypodermis. It is composed of fat cells, collagen, elastin and fibrous bands that anchor the skin via connective tissue to deeper structures including muscle and bone.
Skin thickness varies considerably from one region of the body to another ranging from 0.5mm thick on the eyelids to 4.0mm thick on the heels of the feet
A variety of technologies are capable of delivering non-surgical skin tightening including Radiofrequency (RF), Near Infrared (NIR) and Mirco-Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). Each method has the ability to penetrate the skin to varying depths.
The thickness of the loose or lax skin requiring treatment is a main factor in determining which skin tightening technology is utilized
How does the treatment work?
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 client.
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.
Advanced cooling technology protects the epidermis and allows precise heating of the hypodermis to 45℃ resulting in controlled destruction of fat cells (apoptosis) and permanent removal of unwanted small pockets of fat.
Energy can be layered at multiple depths ranging from 3mm to a maximum depth of 25mm.
The Exilis (Hot Sculpting) is an ideal choice for the removal of small volumes of fat whereas Coolsculpting (Cryolypolysis) technology is the recommended technology for destruction of large volumes of fat.