Accent™ body contouring alternative to liposuction
The Accent device was recently approved by the FDA. It is the newest breakthrough in technology for non-invasive body contouring. Think of it as liposuction, without the incisions or suction. It's a body-contouring concept researchers have been trying to perfect for years -- zapping away cellulite and fat, without breaking the skin. For many people, the thought and even the sight of liposuction surgery is enough to convince them this is an operation they would never consider.
Rx Skin Clinic was the first facility in Arizona to participate in an investigational study for FDA approval of the Accent™ system. The study was conducted to determine safety, efficacy and if the Accent™ was an alternative to invasive procedures like liposuction and lipodissolve. Most patients treated agreed that the Accent™ offered a superior alternative to liposuction and lipodissolve.
A wand emitting energy in the form of radio frequency (RF) waves is rubbed back and forth over the problem area for 30 seconds at a time. The RF energy accumulates in the lower layers of the skin selectively heating the fat cells. Patients feel a slight warming sensation during the procedure.
“Liposuction only reduces fat, often leaving a void and sagging skin in its wake. In the study, we are observing that the Accent™ not only reduces fat by apparently melting it away, but it appears to contour and tighten the skin, something liposuction simply cannot do,” said Robert Mazurek, Rx Skin Clinic Director. The greatest advantage is that the treatment is non-invasive and there is no need for anesthesia, thus eliminating all of the associated risks of an invasive procedure including extended pain and potential for infection. Additionally, there are no recovery periods, incision scars or downtime of any kind after the procedure.
Overall, our study patients have been pleased with their treatments and have seen positive results including tighter, smoother skin and loss of inches.
Accent for Skin Tightening and Lifting
Accent has also proven to be a effective skin tightening and lifting technology especially for the treatment of sagging necks and faces. Often compared to Thermage, but without the associated pain of a Thermage treatment, the Accent device tightens skin on the surface and deep down. Mono-polar radio frequency targets deep tissue to induce a lift. After mono-polar energy is applied to the skin, bi-polar radio frequency is applied for surface area tightening and smoothing.
Accent for Treatment of Cellulite
Accent will also contour lumpy cellulite, creating a smoother more aesthetically pleasing surface area.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite looks like lumpy bulges that may have an “orange-peel” look. Cellulite begins to develop when blood circulation is lessened, weakening capillaries and decreasing fluid drainage. It develops in a subcutaneous layer of the skin when fat cells are push up and connective tissue is pushed down. Women are more susceptible because women have a higher percentage of body fat and less collagen in the skin. Men, however, can develop cellulite also.
Cellulite typically develops in the thighs and buttocks which are prone to fat accumulation. Stomach cellulite is linked with digestive disorders while upper arm cellulite usually occurs in older women and is believed to be triggered by impaired veins and venous flow. Front of the thigh cellulite, which has harder lumps, is seen commonly in men as well as women and is caused by too much leg exercise that reduces circulation. Prolonged stress is believed to be the culprit of neck and back cellulite.
What Causes Cellulite?
Some may have a predisposition to cellulite while others simply have more fat cells, weak veins and lymphatic vessels, poor circulation, or hormonal sensitivity. Estrogen encourages fat cells to develop and grow and progesterone can lead to fluid retention, weak veins, and weight gain. Other factors include: pregnancy, stress, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, harsh massages, enlarged lymph nodes and obesity. Liposuction and pelvic surgery reshape the body, but can damage capillaries and lymph vessels, reducing microcirculation.