There is a new body contouring device available that provides a way for us to get rid of our belly without surgery. Similar to Zeltiq, Zerona, and Vaser Shape, the Exilis is completely non-invasive but differs by using radio frequency (RF) energy to break up fat and tighten the skin. It's FDA approved in the US for non-invasive treatment of wrinkles but many physicians are seeing that it's useful for body contouring as well.
Kathie Lee Gifford had treatments with Exilis under the care of New York City dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler. Gifford has discussed her treatments on The Today Show.
"The Exilis is a monopolar radio frequency device that allows for both tissue tightening and body shaping," says Dr. Sue Ellen Cox, a dermatologist in North Carolina. She says that this single device allows for multiple levels of penetration into the skin to deliver different results, and you can even go deep enough to affect the subcutaneous fat layer, the fat just under the skin.
Patients can expect to see results after only 2-3 treatments, but final results will be about 3 weeks following the final treatment. 4-6 sessions are needed at about 7-14 days apart. It can be used on any part of the body from the knees to the elbows.
"An ideal candidate is somebody who does not want an invasive procedure," describes Dr. Cox. "This is completely non-invasive and this is not painful. I've had three sessions done and the feeling is of a deep heat but never to the point of pain. Those with small localized areas and small pockets of fat are going to be better patient candidates for it." Dr. Cox cautions that patients need to have realistic expectations and that the results from Exilis are not the same as a patient could expect from liposuction.
This is something I might consider. Diet and exercise work really well but getting off that extra bulk in the belly would be great.
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