AccentXL Adds a New Dimension for Enhanced Body Contouring By Bob Kronemyer, Associate Editor
Karen Harkaway, M.D. Dermatologist Delran, NJ
“AccentXL features two proprietary modes to deliver therapeutic heat at different tissue depths within the body. By gradually heating the dermal and subdermal tissue tightening and re-contouring of the skin is achieved.”
After Accent Tx
Since its introduction in April 2007, the AccentXL radiofrequency (RF) system from Alma Lasers, Inc. (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) has been successfully rejuvenating the skin’s texture in a fast, safe and virtually pain free procedure. Recent data collected now suggests using AccentXL after laser lipolysis to enhance overall body contouring. AccentXL uses unipolar and bi-polar RF “to tighten skin through the treatment of wrinkles and rhytides,” said Karen Harkaway, M.D., a dermatologist in private practice in Delran, N.J. “AccentXL features two proprietary modes to deliver therapeutic heat at different tissue depths within the body. By gradually heating the dermal and subdermal tissue tightening and recontouring of the skin is achieved.” “Performing laser lipolysis prior to AccentXL treatments adds a whole new dimension in the way we treat increased volume and skin laxity,” Dr. Harkaway noted. “Some people, for example, feel they need liposuction because they view themselves as overweight. In truth they don’t have enough subcutaneous tissue so the skin just hangs. They don’t realize that they need skin tightening more than volume reduction. Most patients need some combination of volume reduction and skin tightening. Neither traditional liposuction nor laser lipolysis alone addresses both of these needs.” Additionally, compared to traditional liposuction, which involves seven to ten days of downtime, laser lipolysis has only one day of downtime. “Many surgeons disregard this difference, but for me and others, there is a real distinction, including
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the amount of bruising, which is 90% less,” Dr. Harkaway explained. Procedure times for laser lipolysis vary from 20 minutes to one hour, depending upon the size and number of treatment areas. “My most popular area to treat with laser lipolysis is the abdomen, followed by a series of AccentXL treatments several weeks later,” Dr. Harkaway stated. “Every one of my patients has been thrilled, even those who have previously undergone traditional liposuction. It’s very gratifying to have patients compare the procedures and share their positive feedback and excitement.” Recently, Dr. Harkaway performed laser lipolysis with AccentXL treatments on a surgeon. “As a patient, this surgeon, who previously was not impressed with laser lipolysis when performed alone, was shocked at the difference,” she related. Dr. Harkaway is still experimenting with the best protocol for combining laser lipolysis and the AccentXL system. “Currently, I perform laser lipolysis, followed by AccentXL three to four weeks later, with two to four treatments spaced two weeks apart,” she advised. “However, this is very preliminary. Further studies will need to be conducted to determine the best method for maximum results.” Even in the current challenging economic environment, Dr. Harkaway expects these types of treatments to be big sellers because “it’s what patients want. The procedure is minimally invasive with virtually no pain. Most importantly there is almost no downtime. Results are also tremendous. It’s a home run.”