If time and gravity have not been kind to you, and you barely recognize yourself, it might be time to consider cosmetic treatment. At Orchidia Medical Group in Naples, FL, we offer skin tightening and fat reduction services with Exilis. This non-surgical treatment is performed right in the comfort of our office. If you are looking to tighten your skin while reducing stubborn pockets of fat around your body, this innovative treatment may be the perfect solution.
Signs of aging are inevitable. When we are young, our bodies naturally produce high collagen levels, which keeps our skin looking youthful and smooth. By the time you reach your 20’s, your collagen production begins to slow down, and the thickness of your skin begins to decrease until you are left with unsightly facial imperfections. Your metabolism also slows down, making it harder to lose fat in certain areas, regardless of how hard you try.
How Long Does Exilis Last?
As you age, you lose more collagen than your body can replace, leading to the thinning and sagging of your tissue. Wrinkles, sunspots, crow’s feet, and fine lines are usually a byproduct of this process. While most patients need multiple treatment sessions to see the full effects of this process, the overall results are long-lasting. You can expect to see the best outcomes at the three-month mark, which can last between 6 months and two years.
How long your results last depends on a few factors, such as your skin texture, elasticity, and lifestyle. The best way to prolong effects is to continue maintaining a healthy standard of living while using the right at-home skincare products to keep your new skin glowing. Many patients who undergo an Exilis treatment return every six months for a touch-up treatment so that their body can continue to produce high levels of collagen.
Ultra vs. Elite
During your initial research, you may notice references to two types of treatment. Elite was the first generation of such technology has since been replaced with Ultra, which has proven to be much more powerful during a single treatment. The energy and performance of both machines are the same.
How Does It Work?
This technique works to tighten and tone your skin while removing stubborn fat deposits, allowing you to sculpt your body without invasive and expensive surgeries. This skin tightening treatment combines radiofrequency and ultrasound technology, utilizing the best of both worlds to deliver outstanding results.
Treatments are performed using two types of handheld devices – one is strictly used for your facial region to tighten your skin; the other is used on other parts of your body and has settings that are powerful enough to melt fat (as well as tighten skin there, too).
This treatment works to reduce wrinkles and improve skin laxity in your face. Controlled heating and cooling power deliver radiofrequency energy to considerable depths in your tissue. During treatment, your provider can change the power to treat the superficial layers of your skin to your deep tissue. Such heating disrupts old collagen fibers and stimulates the growth of new collagen around your eyes, nose, mouth, and forehead.
During the natural aging process, skin laxity caused by the loss of connective tissue can lead to excess fat storage. During an Exilis treatment to your body, the reconstruction and formation of connective tissue are initiated by the device. As a result, patients can begin to notice visible improvements in body contouring, as well as skin tightening.
Preparing for Treatment
Unlike other cosmetic procedures that require you to stop the use of NSAIDs and over-the-counter supplements, as well as tanning and other activities that affect your skin, Exilis has a much simpler preparation process. Since it is a form of heat therapy, the only thing you should do to prepare for treatment is to drink 64 ounces of water before your appointment.
What to Expect During Treatment
During treatment, your doctor will apply a grounding pad to your back and use a handheld device to deliver flows of energy to your skin while warming it to 107-111-degrees Fahrenheit. The high heat warms your tissue just enough to allow your cells to break down and transform into waste while stimulating collagen regrowth.
What to Expect Post-Treatment
After treatment, your skin may feel warm to the touch for a few hours, but you will be able to continue with your day. Temporary warmth occurs because deep tissue can retain heat for longer. Like preparing for treatment, all you need to do is drink another 64 ounces of water to help your body increase lymphatic drainage and flush the newly destroyed fat cells naturally.
Benefits of Radiofrequency & Ultrasound Technology
It Works on Your Arms
Exilis is FDA-approved for non-surgical skin tightening around your upper and underarms. During treatment, the handheld device will deliver radiofrequency energy into the deepest layers of fat deposits around your arms. If you are tired of always having to wear long-sleeve shirts to hide upper arm fat, you can begin to enjoy the sunny weather of Florida with such treatment.
It Is Faster and More Effective
Unlike other fat-melting treatments, Exilis is faster and far more effective. You don’t have to wait any longer to be able to fit back into your favorite outfit. In no time, you’ll be able to experience the confidence of being able to buy whatever clothes you want, make new friends, try new things, and possibly discover an entirely new life.
Unlike surgical procedures such as Liposuction, which can require weeks of recovery, this treatment requires no downtime. The device does not require any incisions, nor does it puncture your body in any way.
After a single treatment, you can return to your normal day-to-day activities without the hassle of having to change your schedule or get someone to help you. You will not have to worry about scarring since each treatment is performed externally. You could even have a treatment done during your lunch break if you wanted.
It Works on More Areas of Your Body
Most non-invasive skin tightening treatments can only be used on your face and neck. With this method, you can treat nearly every part of your body, including your buttocks, legs, neck, arms, abdomen, and face. Many patients who struggle with cellulite have found solace in such treatment, as it leaves you with firm and silky smooth skin on every inch of your body!
Treatments Are Short
A single treatment session takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and is performed right in our facility – no hospital stay required. Some patients get the results they’re looking for after just one treatment, but even if you need multiple sessions, they are broken down every two weeks.
Results Are Permanent
When you undergo treatment, the changes made to the shape of your body are permanent. With that being said, it is not a magical treatment meant to help you lose weight without effort. If you want to maintain your results, you must continue to diet and exercise regularly. Failure to do so may mean that you can lose your results.
It Is Pain-Free
These treatments are comfortable and pain-free. There are no injections or needles involved, nor topical anesthetics. Although the applicator uses powerful heat temperatures to help destroy your fat cells and tighten your skin, it is also built with cooling technology that prevents your skin from being damaged or burned.
How Does It Match Up?
With so many fat-reduction and skin-tightening options to choose from, you may be wondering what makes Exilis better. Here are just a few ways that it matches up to other methods:
Both methods of fat melting are non-surgical, safe, and require no downtime. The most notable difference between these two is that CoolSculpting uses freezing methods to destroy fat cells instead of heat. It is also worth noting that while CoolSculpting has shown an improvement in skin tone, only a handful of patients experience skin firmness and elasticity.
Unlike its former, Ultherapy only uses ultrasound technology to deliver pulsed heat into the skin. It also has a few limitations as to where you can have the treatment performed. Currently, Ultherapy is only approved for use on your eyebrows, neck, face, and jawline.
Thermage also uses radiofrequency technology to stimulate collagen production with high heat. The most significant difference here is that sessions can take longer, at an average of 45 to 90 minutes per appointment. It is also ineffective in improving wrinkles.
Like most skin-tightening and fat-reducing treatments, there is some overlap between Exilis and Vanquish. Vanquish is limited to treating your abdomen, love handles, saddlebags, and inner and outer thighs. It does not utilize ultrasound technology.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Since this treatment is very versatile, almost anyone who is in good health is a candidate. This treatment is most appealing to adults who want to see an improvement in their elasticity and a reduction in fat. Keep in mind that this is not a weight-loss treatment meant for those who are obese – it is more for those who have unsightly “bulges” of fat in stubborn areas that regular diet and exercise are not improving.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Most patients undergo four to six sessions before they achieve optimal results. If you desire, you can surpass six sessions and receive as many as you need. If you are already close to reaching your desired body shape, you may end up only needing one session. We will review how many treatments you will need to achieve the results you want during your consultation.
How Much Does Treatment Cost?
The total cost of treatment depends on a few factors, such as where you live, how many treatments you need, and the size of your treatment area. You can expect a single treatment to cost around $200 to $300, with an average total cost of approximately $1,400.
Since this treatment is primarily considered a cosmetic treatment, most insurance companies, and health plans do not cover treatment costs. During your initial consultation, we will review your goals and give you a better idea of how much your total treatment may cost you.
Can It Be Combined With Other Treatments?
Yes! When you undergo specific cosmetic treatments, sometimes you cannot combine methods for the most lasting results. With such treatment, you can simultaneously receive other radiofrequency treatments that target crepey skin for maximum effect. Patients who have already undergone a liposuction procedure may also take advantage of this treatment. With that being said, you should avoid receiving dermal fillers such as Botox or Dysport on the same day as treatment.
Tighten Your Skin and Eliminate Unwanted Fat Now!
Skip over the trouble of surgery and consider a non-invasive technique if you are ready to smile every time you look in the mirror again. With no downtime, short appointments, and fast-acting results, you can’t go wrong.
If you have noticed a change in your skin and stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away no matter what you do, you might consider trying Exilis. Contact Orchidia Medical Group in Naples, FL today to schedule a consultation with our dedicated team to discover how you can get your skin and body glowing.