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Exilis

Exilis is a non-invasive body shaping and skin tightening device.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 15, 2012

Treatment Basics

Regulatory approval: Approved by the FDA in November 2009.

Manufacturer: BTL Industries

Exilis is a non-invasive body shaping and skin tightening device. It uses two kinds of energy - ultrasound vibrations to dislodge stubborn pockets of fat and radiofrequency (RF) energy to liquify fat.

RF waves leave the surface of the skin unharmed, heating only the fat cells located one to three centimeters below the skin's surface. Once liquefied, the fat is processed and removed from the body through the lymphatic drainage system.

As an added bonus, the heat energy also causes the skin's collagen to contract, which smooths the skin and reduces wrinkles.

What It's Good For

Exilis can reduce the circumferance of - and tighten the skin on - various parts of the body, including the waist, hips, thighs, arms, inner knees, back, and buttocks. Exilis is safe for the reduction of wrinkles on the face as well.

Who it works for: Exilis is ideal for treating so-called problem areas - especially those that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. The hips, abdomen, and thighs are popular treatment areas. Patients should be no more than 20 to 30 pounds overweight.

Recommended age range: There is no age requirement for Exilis treatments.

When will I see results?: Results should improve with each treatment, though some patients see improvements (the loss of an inch or so) after a single session. Four treatments is optimal.

Appointments should be spaced one to two weeks apart. Collagen continues to contract for two to three months after treatments end, resulting in a tighter appearance to the skin over time.

How long it lasts: Once fat is removed from one part of the body, it is unlikely to return to that particular area, though weight can be regained. Wrinkle reduction is not permanent, however.

As the skin ages, new wrinkles may form, and existing wrinkles may become deeper and more pronounced.

Key benefits of Exilis: A non-invasive procedure, Exilis leaves no scars and requires no recovery period. Exilis is said to be less painful than Thermage, a similar non-invasive skin tightening treatment that also uses RF energy to stimulate collagen growth.

Licensed uses: Exilis is FDA-approved for the treatments of wrinkles and fine lines. It was cleared in 2009. Though technicallyl not approved for body shaping, the device has nevertheless become popular for this purpose.

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