Risks and Complications of Exilis Elite RADIO FREQUENCY & ULTRASOUND
Every procedure involves a certain amount of risk, and it is important that you understand these risks and the possible complications associated with them. In addition, every procedure has limitations. An individual’s choice to undergo a procedure is based on the comparison of the risk to potential benefit. Although the majority of patients do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with your laser practitioner to make sure you understand all possible consequences of photorejuvenation.
Infection – Infection following treatment is quite unusual, but bacterial, fungal, and viral infections can occur. Herpes simplex virus infections around the mouth can be stimulated by RF & Ultrasound treatment. This applies to both individuals with a past history of herpes simplex virus infections and individuals with no known history of herpes simplex virus infections in the mouth area. Should any type of skin infection occur, additional skin treatments or medical antibiotics may be necessary.
Burns – Although very rare, the heat from RF energy can produce minor localised burns.
Fragile Skin – The skin at or near the treatment area may become fragile. To avoid tearing, this area may not be rubbed or abraded, nor should makeup be applied to the area while this fragile condition exists.
Redness / Bruising – Bruising of the treated area is rare but may occur. Additionally, there may be some redness. Redness and bruising in the treated area usually subside within several days.
Excessive Swelling (Oedema) – Immediately after treatment, especially when the treatment involves the face swelling may occur. This condition is temporary, not harmful, and usually subsides within a few hours and in some cases in 2 to 3 days.
Allergic reactions – Although very rare, they may occur. Local skin allergies to topical preparations, tape, or preservatives used in cosmetics can occur.
Numbness – Immediately after treatment, numbness may occur. This condition is temporary, not harmful, and usually subsides within a few hours and in some cases in 2 to 3 days.
Nausea – Although rare, you may experience nausea during or following treatment. It is important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 2liters (8-9 glasses) of water, especially 1-3 days before, the day of, and the day after treatment.
Damaged Skin – Skin that has been previously treated with chemical peels or dermabrasion, or damaged by burns, electrolysis (hair removal treatments), or radiation therapy may heal abnormally or slowly following treatment by RF & Ultrasound or other surgical techniques. The occurrence of this is not predictable. Additional treatment may be necessary. If you have ever had such treatments, you should inform your practitioner.
Blistering and Scarring – Blisters may occur in the exposed area. This may require one to three weeks to heal. Once the surface has healed, it may be pink or sensitive to the sun for an additional two to four weeks, or longer in some patients.
Skin Sensitivity – Itching, tenderness, or exaggerated responses to hot or cold temperatures may occur. Usually, this resolves during healing, but in rare situations, it may be chronic.
Unsatisfactory Result – Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee or warranty expressed or implied, on the results that may be obtained. You may be disappointed with the results of the treatment.
Unknown Risks – There is the possibility that additional risk factors of laser skin resurfacing treatments may be discovered.
Treatments – The number of treatments may vary. The number of treatments needed to clear your condition is unknown.
Caffeine / Alcohol Intake – NO caffeine (tea, coffee, or coke) and alcohol for at least 48 hours following your treatment.
Female Patient Information – It is important to inform your practitioner if you are on your period or if you suspect you may be pregnant.