Does Exilis Create Collagen?

HOW does Exilis work? Is the tightening as a result of collagen creation and with more collagen, skin tightens and thickens?

Doctor Answers 3

Exilis creates collagen, thickens and tightens skin, and does so painlessly!

Exilis is a non-surgical RF (radio frequency) device that uses a temperature-regulated energy delivery handpiece to heat (comfortably, not a burn) skin. This controlled and regulated system delivers precisely dosed superficial heat that stimulates neocollagenesis (formation of new collagen) in the skin. This thickens and tightens the treated areas.

Best results are seen with a series of weekly treatments, and since the created collagen is actually "new" collagen rather than transient swelling, the improvements are real and lasting. This will never replace a facelift or tummy tuck, but for patients who want some degree of improvement without the downtime of a surgical procedure (or are unable to undergo elective surgery), this is one of the best devices/treatments out there, and in my humble opinion, substantially better and much more comfortable than Thermage. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Exilis skin tightening

Dear Apel, thank you for your question. Exilis has won numerous awards and is considered one of the best skin tightening devices on the market. Exilis causes collagen remodeling and tightening. It is very popular at our San Diego medical spa. Ideal candidates have mild to moderate skin laxity, and no implantable metal devices in the treatment area or a pacemaker. Consult with an Exilis physician to see if you are a good candidate. Good Luck!

Roy A. David, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Collagen creation with Exilis

Yes, Exilis does cause a collagen-production response as well as what's termed "collagen remodeling".

Heating the underlying skin tissues to specific temperature levels causes the response. In essence we are creating a controlled and purposeful injury to the dermal tissues. The superficial skin layers are protected with cooling so there is no external damage. But the body is very efficient at managing what it perceives as an assault and with Exilis and similar heat based treatments, the desired response provides tighter skin.

It might sound weird to purposefully wound the skin, but many of the nonsurgical procedures are based on super-heating the skin because of the known response.

Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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