How Does Exilis Work For Non-Invasive Body Contouring?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in some non-invasive body contouring. (stomach and flanks)  I have read about the Exilis device and it seem very promising. I know it uses radiofrequency energy to do its work. But there are other devices out there that all use the same type of energy. Why would Exilis be any better than these other ones?

A: There are many new radiofrequency devices on the market and a lot of them are claiming that they have a similar or superior technology to that of Exilis.  Regardless of what their product is called, almost all of them use bipolar radiofrequency.  Bipolar radiofrequencies only have the capability to penetrate fairly superficially, generally no further than the deep dermis. Thus they are good for skin tightening but can not reach the fat layer nor reduce it effectively or consistently.

Exilis is different in that it uses monopolar radiofrequency. This allows it to penetrate more deeply generally up to inch (2.5 cms) below the skin. This does reach the fat layer. The cooling component on the Exilis allows it to bypass the dermis to effectively place the energy into the desired tissue (fat) and maintain penetration depth, all while keeping the skin cooled and uninjured. There is also an energy flow control on Exilis that allows the target tissue to quickly reach the desired treatment temperature. The combination of these two technologies allows Exilis to have effective fat reduction and skin tightening capabilities.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana