Want mostly skin tightening w/ minor reduction/'sculpting'. Have researched Exilis, Ulthera, Cellulase. Ulthera sounded painful. 1 Cellulase review said derm mistook loose skin for cellulite and my doctor thinks that's my situation w/ buttocks-thighs; expects me to meet 50% of my goal in 4 sessions.
Exilis definitely reduces fat, but you can gain it back - San Francisco, CA
Want mostly skin tightening w/ minor...
I had my second session yesterday. But I did...
So I did my Face (tightening wand only, not fat reduction), and the outside of my upper thighs. Thigh area kept hurting so they put on lidocaine for the 2nd thigh and it helped a ton. Lidocaine on my stomach also. Upper thighs not sore at all today.
So only 1 session for these 4 areas, and no I cannot tell.
Am drinking lots of water, exercising, and eating healthy but I do that anyway.
It has been 2.5 weeks. I've been 1-2 times a week...
So hard to tell. I dropped 2 pounds from dieting, so I do look trimmer, but THINK it may also be from the exilis...? (proportionately). I do not notice tightening yet, but I assume that will take longer, since collagen must build, plus I just did face #2 today.
The face treatment is so 'comfortable' that I worry it is doing nothing. (only partly kidding!). But I do see tightening right after the treatment, then it sags a bit again by the next morning.
The body treatments are on this side of tolerable, and when it crosses to intolerable, I tell her and she adjusts the temperature.
No residual pain after treatments (only the first treatment had mild soreness if I pushed down on it, but that is gone).
Big investment, my fingers are crossed. I will definitely keep posting until I am done with the treatments.
I have now done 2 face sessions. I cannot see a...
Also, I do feel that 2 sessions on my lower thighs did show some 'relative' reduction, even with me losing a couple of pounds from dieting.
Maybe maybe a reduction on my arms - really too soon there.
Jury is still out on any tightening at all, but 2 sessions is not enough..
9/11 Just did #4 on upper arms and lower thighs....
I am worried a bit because a doctor posted you need a min temp of 43 and the nurse was happy with 41-42+. I think I have a little fat loss, but I also lost those 2 pounds dieting so hard to tell.
Right now I don't notice tightening, but I need to see the pictures to be sure. They take pics and measurements 2 weeks after the final treatment.
I definitely don't notice a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. The doctor thought the tightening would help there. I will have put at least $5200 into this when done (I changed the price from $4200), boy oh boy, I shouldn't have been impatient and just waited to see if it worked for 2 areas first.
Though my fingers are crossed that it still will work. I just have to be optimistic.
BTW, this is mostly uncomfortable and definitely hurts a lot at times, where it is hard not to jerk away. Then she turns it down.
Pay attention to the grounding pad. It got hot for me a few times and I'm glad I stopped her (someone else's post made that point, thank you to them!). Once it burned too fast to stop her and I got a couple of small marks (like minor electric burns) which went away in a couple of days. Just an inch long each, was okay. My point: Don't 'power through' a hot grounding pad, it shouldn't go there.
Finally, in 10 days I am going to try Ulthera for my upper face (browlift/eyes) since it goes deeper.
One great thing about Exilis: I had Radiesse injection in a scar on my cheek once and it got infected and left scar tissue. This was a couple of years ago and it was still uncomfortable to sleep on, and that cheek was bigger than the other one. Well a round of Exilis in that area brought the size down and the pain. It's been 2 weeks and still doing well. I will do one more round to see if it gets the last of it. Have to admit, if it works, that will have been worth all the money because I will finally be able to sleep on that side again normally after so long.
9/18. Last week meant to say did #4 on upper arms...
I did only #3 on my front thighs by then. I noticed some reduction for SURE, but also a bit more loose skin. So today I did #4 on lower thighs and did only tightening. Let's see, my fingers are crossed, I didn't like the loose skin.
Ok, so I only did 2 rounds on my lower face, but it has been about 2.5 weeks since round 2 and I can now definitely see some tightening. That is exciting! I will do round 3 next week.
As for my stomach, it is odd. In the morning it seems smaller, then in the evening, almost the same (I mean more than the normal change during the day after eating). Next week is #4 on my stomach.
As for my upper arms, I do think they are slightly smaller and without any visibly loose skin (I didn't notice loose skin before though). We will measure and take pics next week.
Bottom line: Evidence of fat loss in front of thighs and maybe arms. Evidence of tightening in face. Waiting to see if it all comes together before I decide if worth it.
We measured my upper arms today (2 weeks after the...
I did lower thighs #4 last week, so will measure it next week. I sure hope it worked. To me, the sagginess looks exactly the same, but if it is because I lost volume, that is okay, because I can then just do more tightening. Plus it is still early. I did notice that the minor cellulite is unchanged, but Exilis doesn't claim to improve that, I was just hoping. I cared most about this one.
I did my stomach #4 today, so in 2 weeks will measure it. It does seem to be slightly tighter, not sure if any smaller though.
I have to say, the nurse is extremely nice, and cooperative and is really rooting for me, which is nice.
So next week and the week after are the big results and when I may be able to finally give Exilis a thumbs up or not.
I now did stomach, flanks, 4 sessions each...
I did lower thighs and inner thighs.4 sessions each @250/session, so $2K. Then an extra (5th) tightening only on the lower thighs. One thigh was an inch bigger than the other and we spent more time on it. Now they are both the same size. It did zero for any look of 'cellulite', and because the part right above my knees did shrink, the skin is actually a bit saggier there right now, but just slightly. Am assuming it will improve over the next 2 months.
I did my lower face also (which included under my chin), 4 sessions. ($1K) It tightened it a bit (I was pretty good to start). Right now I can't tell under my chins, but my lower face looks a touch tighter. I do think you must be very careful of losing a bit face on the face, so don't overdo one area too much. I have one spot on one cheek that is a touch 'flatter', so I would just avoid the cheeks.
I did my eye area a couple of times and couldn't really tell. Just did it a third time, plus Ulthera, so I need to wait.
The biggest thing IMO is the fat reduction. However, when I eat a lot, I feel like it comes back, remember, this isn't lipo, you must maintain it. ie I think my initial results were better than where I am right now, and usually my weight is pretty stable.
Day 19 - Happy, and Skin texture is better also
He left 'contour' under my eye to look natural. But NO more SHADOW, hurrah!
And my skin texture is better, just as he hoped - from the stem cells. This isn't clinically proven, but lots of anecdotal evidence to support that.
I found the clinic on the site for Exilis, and then looked at their Yelp reviews. Since the doctor did both laser lipo and Exilis, I assumed doctor would know about 'body sculpting'. Still not sharing the doctor's name. The clinic was great, my jury is still out.