Gone are the days when skin tightening meant going under the knife. Dr. Lina Naga and Dr. Terrence Keaney and the team of SkinDC in Arlington, Virginia, use BTL Aesthetic’s Exilis Ultra 360™ system to tighten skin and fine tune body contours. Call SkinDC today for a consultation to discuss your cosmetic goals.
Exilis combines radiofrequency energy with ultrasound technology, the only device of its kind. The theory behind skin tightening remains the same, regardless of the technology used, whether light-based or combined technology, such as the Exilis. Subsurface skin tissue gets heated to the point of coagulation. When that occurs, the coagulated collagen starts flushing out of the body and new tissue replaces it. The new collagen takes up the slack under the outer skin layers while other new tissue attracts and absorbs moisture to treatment areas, generally creating optimal conditions for healthy skin. One of the differences with the Exilis design is that the hand piece can be used in many places on the body, and is not limited to one or two as with many other systems.
Since the Exilis hand piece resembles an oversized marker pen, it can direct RF and ultrasound energy virtually anywhere. Common treatment areas for the Exilis system include:
The Exilis Ultra 360 system includes an energy flow control, so each treatment can be adjusted to the patient and their treatment needs. Varying skin tones often require adjustment of the device for the best results. Since the RF and ultrasound energy creates heat as the deep tissue absorbs, the hand piece also includes a cooling system to minimize any effect on surface skin. There’s no pain to an Exilis treatment. The patient relaxes during treatment, lying down, and the sensation compares with that of a hot stone massage. Each treated body part takes between 15 to 30 minutes in most cases, and 2 to 4 treatments, scheduled a week apart, are usually advised. Results may appear after a single session, and generally reach maximum within a 3-month period following treatment. Treatments are non-invasive and there are few, if any, side effects.