Accent XL has two treatment platforms, producing radiofrequency waves which are absorbed at different depths in the skin; the Bipolar Platform delivers energy to the second layer of the skin (the dermis), at a depth of about 2mm- inducing skin tightening. The Unipolar Platform, diffuses thermal energy through the subcutaneous fat layer, resulting in a shrinking and smoothing effect. (Unlike High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, eg Liposonix, Radiofrequency does not destroy fat cells)
CELLULITE is a term used to describe lumpy, bumpy fat usually seen in the thighs, buttocks and occasionally abdomen and upper arms; it almost always affects women and may occur regardless of whether the person is of a normal weight, or overweight. Oftentimes it may be accompanied by large dimples or depressions in the skin. It may also present as smaller dimples that resemble the pores on the surface of an orange, indicative of lymphedema, or trapping of lymphatic fluid.
It is a disorder of the collagenous supportive matrix*, where disordered collagen fibres allow fingers of fat cells to poke out causing palpable lumps, while tethering of the skin by other collagen fibres causes hollows or dimples.
*Think of the fat cells as eggs in an egg box; the egg box would be the collagen fibres
Large dimples can be improved by cutting the fibres of collagen which tether the skin with a scalpel or needle tip, a process called subcision, which is done under local anaesthesia; or by injecting the area with an enzyme called collagenase, which dissolves the tethering fibres (chemical subcision – a form of mesotherapy).
SKIN TIGHTENING: Accent XL Bipolar Platform
Accent XL Bipolar treatments delivers energy to the lower dermis, about 2 millimetres below the surface of the skin, stimulating collagen formation, over a course of 4-6 treatments the result is a tightening of skin within the treatment area, above the layer of shrunken or removed fatty tissue.
- Accent XL can be used to tighten overlying skin after fat reduction
The Accent XL can be employed to smooth tissue irregularities post-Liposonix, post- liposuction and following weight loss.
If we did not employ this dual approach to treatment, shrinkage or removal of fat could result in wrinkling and folds of the overlying skin, as this sometimes happens after surgical removal of adipose tissue.
- Body After Baby: Accent XL for skin tightening, volume reduction and diffused appearance of stretch marks
Lazer Room Patient Body after Baby ACCENT XL skin-tightening * Individual Results May Vary
- Tightening of loose skin of upper arms, neck
results courtesy of alma laser * Individual Results May Vary
Note: some patients with excessive folds of skin may be more suited to surgical interventions eg brachioplasty (upper arms), abdomen (tummy tuck) or neck (lift): patients should be aware that laser treatments of these areas may result in modest improvements only and are not a substitute for surgery.