If you’re on a weight loss journey and need a helping hand getting rid of those last few stubborn bumps and lumps or just want to tone up a bit and reduce the appearance of cellulite on your neck, stomach, love handles, buttocks, arms, thighs, or even your back then you’re going to want to check out the BTL Exilis Elite treatments. I know what you’re thinking; “sigh, not another gimmicky laser treatment that doesn’t show results!” But, trust me this little wonder gadget really does work. I know because I’ve tried it … and loved the results! Before heading through to The Rejuvenation Centre in Stellenbosch for my first treatment I was more than a little sceptical about the treatments but after a few quick sessions on my eyes, arms, and tummy I was officially a fan.
By combining radiofrequency and ultrasound to uniformly heat the deeper layers of the skin The BTL Exilis Elite treatments can help clients improve skin tightness, elasticity, tissue volume, and tone in those hard to target places on the body. But it’s not a miracle weight loss machine, and treatments are more focused on the rejuvenation and contouring of the face and body rather than weight loss. When coupled with a healthy lifestyle BTL Exilis Elite treatments can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, remodel the face, assist with volume reduction, and the re-contouring of problem body areas.
But how does it work? According to the creators of BTL, uniform delivery of heat deep into the targeted layers of fat, achieves effective lipolysis (breakdown of fat) and controlled cell death. And, after a few treatments this culminates in a 30-40% improvement in skin laxity and the reduction of fat. All this while still going about your daily life – no down time! Most clients need about 4 – 6 sessions, each one week apart, but it does depend on the person and how good you are after the treatments.
I had treatments with the BTL Exilis Elite to treat fine lines around my eyes and tone and tighten the skin on my lower stomach and inner arms. I had four 30-minute treatment sessions in total, each a week apart and was thrilled with the results. As I said, while this treatment isn’t a miracle cure (I made sure I continued to exercise, eat right, and drink plenty of water during and long after my treatment period) it did help me to give me a little bit of an edge on my weight loss journey.
I’m only 30 but I do have a few fine lines that are starting to form on corners of my eyes (yay for laugh lines!) and the BTL Exilis Elite treatments around my eyes helped to tighten the skin in this area and reduce the appearance of these pesky little lines. Of course, I was never going to receive mind blowing results in this area, as I didn’t have much to treat, but more mature ladies looking for a little non-invasive nip and tighten can achieve impressive results with this fabulous machine.
While I loved seeing the improved skin elasticity around my eyes it was the results on my arms and tummy that really impressed me. Like a lot of women, I’ve always struggled with toning that pesky bit of skin under my arms and the BTL Exilis Elite treatments helped me lose 3 centimetres on my upper arms and I could see that the skin was noticeably tighter around the treatment area. As for my tummy I lost a total of 4 centimetres around this area and again noticed considerable tightening of the skin in this area. The treatment itself is relatively pain-free and is over in a few minutes – it can be very hot at times but you just need to communicate with your therapist to make sure it stays at a manageable level throughout the session. As for downtime, there’s none! There can be some redness around the treated area afterwards but this generally calms down quite quickly.
In terms of the results, it is important to note that most clients, like myself, only see the full results of the treatment up to 3-6 months after treatment but it all depends on your body. Some clients have seen instant results while others have only started to notice a real difference 3 months after their sessions. As I mentioned, my results were definitely improved by a healthy lifestyle and my centimetre loss can also be attributed to diet and exercise but the visible skin tightening alone was enough to make me a fan of the BTL Exilis Elite. So much so that I’d love to invest in a few sessions to treat the appearance of the cellulite on my thighs and buttocks using the BTL Aesthetics’ other machine, the BTL X-Wave.
I had my treatments at The Rejuvenation Centre in Stellenbosch, Western Cape and would highly recommend them if you’re thinking of starting your BTL journey. The centre was a quick 25-minute drive from Cape Town and I love that instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to treatments they believe that individuals have their own specific needs with each client being expertly guided through their unique treatment journey. Click here to find out more about The Rejuvenation Centre and BTL Aesthetics.
A course of 4 BTL Exilis Elite contouring sessions on the arms will cost about R2700 (R750 per session), 4 BTL Exilis Elite contouring sessions on the stomach will cost R2900 (R800 per session), and 4 BTL Exilis Elite contouring sessions on the face & neck will cost you R3500 (R950 per session).
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.