Treating multiple body parts for skin laxity and fat deposits using a novel focused radiofrequency device with an ultrasound component: Safety and efficacy study

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2017 Dec;16(4):476-479. doi: 10.1111/jocd.12448. Epub 2017 Nov 10.

Abstract

Background and objectives: Growing demand for noninvasive skin tightening and reduction in fat results in an increasing pressure for devices with good clinical efficacy, consistency of results, and high patient comfort. The objective was to validate clinical efficacy and versatility of a novel device, which combines radiofrequency (RF) and ultrasound for treating skin laxity and fat deposits.

Methods: We treated 34 subjects with facial skin laxity and/or abundant body or arm fat deposits. Subjects were divided based on their indications. Ten subjects received treatments to the face, 7 subjects to arms, 8 subjects to thighs, and 9 subjects on abdomen. All patients received 4 treatments on a weekly basis. Photographs of patients were assessed by blinded evaluators to recognize the baseline images from the 3-month follow-up images. Patient comfort and satisfaction were evaluated using a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire. Any adverse events were recorded.

Results: Patient images were correctly recognized in >90% of cases in all study groups. Patient questionnaires showed overall satisfaction with the therapy course and results. On a scale of 1 to 5, the patients agreed (4.1) that they are satisfied with the results that the treatment is comfortable (4.1) and that they are satisfied with the treatment time (4.1). No adverse events were reported.

Conclusions: Consistent clinical efficacy was confirmed across all the treated areas, together with high patient comfort and satisfaction. We conclude the device is a highly versatile solution that can deliver results across body parts and different indications.

Keywords: body contouring; non-invasive; radiofrequency; skin laxity; ultrasound.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arm
  • Body Contouring / adverse effects
  • Body Contouring / instrumentation*
  • Face
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Photography
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects
  • Radiofrequency Therapy*
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Skin Aging / radiation effects*
  • Subcutaneous Fat, Abdominal / radiation effects*
  • Thigh
  • Ultrasonic Therapy / adverse effects
  • Ultrasonic Therapy / instrumentation*