For nasolabial folds would Exilis Elite be a good treatment?
I would have to respectfully disagree with your salon on this one. Nasolabial folds that are prominent are caused by three things primarily……….. facial structure (your genes), loss of volume in the cheeks above the folds, and some loss of volume on the upper lip and sides of the lips. In my opinion, you would be wasting your money since Exilis can’t replace volume and isn’t great for lifting the cheeks themselves. It’s much better at, and usually used for, tightening and lifting the skin around and above the eyes and for the lower face around the jawline and under the chin. Better would be 1-2 syringes of an appropriate filler for this area. More on fillers here.
Exilis also also a separate attachment (head) for the body – the head for the face is smaller. And……..the attachement head that is designed for the body has fairly advanced technology and specific settings for fat, in additon to skin tightening.
Also, I really think medical technology that has the potential to cause complications should be done in a medical setting by medical personnel. You take many more unnecessary risks when you do these types of procedures in salons, where none of the personnel have medical training.
I’ve sometimes heard aestheticians claim that they are medical aestheticians, which usually means at some point they worked in a medical office, but not always. I love aestheticians but none of them in the U.S. are truly “medical” because their licenses are not regulated by the medical board which governs MDs, RNs, PA-Cs, ARNPs, MA, etc.
Hope this helps, Dr. I