What is Accent XL?
Accent XL is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation and tightening procedure which uses an innovative radiofrequency technique to treat two layers of skin at the same time, through a method called Dual-Layer Thermotherapy. The technique is used in treating sagging, aging skin, as well as cellulite, and offers results which are more noticeable than other procedures. By treating two layers of the skin, Accent XL improves the skin’s surface texture while advancing the production of the skin’s natural collagen, the material that gives youthful skin its firmness and elasticity. The Accent XL technique is non-invasive and requires no downtime.
Who is a candidate for Accent XL?
Accent XL is an excellent treatment option for most individuals who are looking for a non-invasive treatment for aging skin or minimal to extreme levels of cellulite.
Which area is Accent XL useful for?
The Dual-layer Thermotherapy Accent XL procedure can be used anywhere on the body to treat sagging, wrinkled skin and cellulite. Many individuals use the technique to tighten the crepe-like skin that often developed on the upper arms, face, and neck during the aging process, as well as to firm skin after surgery or following pregnancy.
Who is not a candidate for Accent XL?
Individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding, diabetics, those taking photosensitizing drugs, and individuals fitted with pacemakers generally are not considered good candidates for the Accent XL procedure.
Is the cellulite reduction permanent?
Accent XL offers long-term results in most patients, and results can be prolonged with proper diet and exercise.
How is Accent XL performed?
During the procedure, your specialist will use a hand piece to apply the radiofrequency energy, moving the wand in a circular motion over the surface of your skin. The dual-layer technique allows the Bipolar module to treat the surface layers of the skin, while the Unipolar module treats the under layers for deep, effective dermal treatment. Both modules stimulate the skin to produce more collagen, improving the skin’s overall tone and firmness. The Bipolar module is ideal for treating delicate, thinner skin, such as that on the face and neck, smoothing the fine lines and wrinkles that occur as we age. The Unipolar module uses alternating electromagnetic fields to produce friction in the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in effective contouring of the treatment areas.
At the same time, the unit’s built-in cooler minimizes the sensation of heat you’ll experience during the treatment. Most procedures take about 30 to 60 minutes to complete, based upon the size of the area and the amount of cellulite being treated.
What is the recovery from Accent XL like?
Recovery time is minimal. Most patients liken the treatment itself to a warm stone massage. There may be some slight redness in the treatment area immediately following treatment, which generally dissipates within an hour or two of the procedure. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately following Accent XL treatment.
When will I begin to see the results from Accent XL treatments?
The results of the Accent XL procedure are immediately evident, as the skin structures respond ad visibly tighten. As your body develops new collagen, you can expect your results to continue to improve, and your skin to appear firmer and more youthful.
How many sessions of Accent XL are needed?
The number of treatments each patient requires depends largely on the individual patient and their desired results, as well as the amount of cellulite being treated and the laxity of the skin. While marked results are visible after just one or two treatments, most patients will require 6 to 12 treatments to achieve the best results. Your specialist may also recommend a regular course of treatments to maintain your results for a longer period of time.
When can one return to work after Accent XL treatment?
Patients can return to work or other normal routines immediately following the Accent XL procedure.
What are advantages of Accent XL over other procedures?
The Accent XL procedure is quick and non-invasive, requiring no anesthesia, incisions, or sutures, and recovery time is minimal. When compared with laser treatments, the Accent XL procedure requires fewer treatments to achieve more dramatic results.
Is Accent XL approved for use in USA?
The Accent XL has been approved by the FDA for the non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and deep lines.
Is Accent XL covered by insurance companies?
Accent XL treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure and is currently not covered by insurance companies. Many specialists offer financing programs either directly, or though third-party agencies.
What is the cost of Accent XL?
The average cost of Accent XL treatment ranges from $400 to $600 per treatment, but may be more depending upon the size of the area being treated.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Dermanetwork.org Staff
Updated: April 15, 2009