What is Endolift?A minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for the face and body, “Endolift uses a laser that targets both fat and skin to induce fat reduction, as well as concurrent skin tightening to prevent laxity following fat loss,” explains Aesthetic Doctor, David Jack. It works by inserting micro-optical fibres as thin as hair strands under the skin, under local anaesthetic and without the need for incisions.
“This new laser technology has a unique ability to heat soft tissues without causing tissue death, while dissolving fatty globules and coagulating blood vessels in the area to prevent bleeding, causing retraction and reorganisation of fibrous tissues to firm the area. The laser fibre also causes contracture and thickening of the skin overlying the treated area to cause lifting and firming of the tissues,” explains Jack.
Who suits the Endolift treatment?Suitable for people of all skin tones and ages, Endolift works best on localised areas, meaning you can’t ditch dieting if you want to lose weight all over, and you can’t tighten every inch of your body–sorry. “Double chins, the lower face, abdomen, inner thighs, flanks and arms are the most commonly treated areas in my practice as patients tend to present with these specific 'problem areas.' It’s in these areas that fat can be difficult to shift for some people, even if their body fat is generally low, plus skin laxity is also common in these areas,” shares Jack.
What happens during the Endolift treatment?Local anaesthetic makes the procedure painless (although getting local anaesthetic injected into the skin is not pleasant), so you really won’t feel a thing when the fibres travel through the skin. Like when getting dermal filler or polynucleotides, people often report being able to feel their doctor rummaging around under their skin. Not only that, but you’ll likely hear a faint crackling as your fat cells burst. Once the treatment is over, the area may start to swell soon after and bruising may also rear its head, but unlike surgical alternatives, there is no downtime post treatment.
What results can you expect?“Although some results may be evident immediately after treatment, we recommend waiting nine months post-treatment for assessment of the final result, giving swelling time to resolve itself and for newly formed collagen to work its magic,” says Jack who offers a complimentary lymphatic drainage massage at the one week and four-week mark post-treatment to help with any swelling. The nine-month mark is also a good time to assess whether a second procedure is worth considering to enhance your results.
What makes Endolift stand out?You may well be thinking that there are a number of devices that can reduce fat and tighten skin, but very few if any, melt fat and tighten skin at the same time.
“Not only that, while other devices and techniques can be used to treat these areas, the benefits of Endolift are that it provides similar results (in the right hands) to surgical procedures, but without the extensive downtime and need for general anaesthetic. Also, most other fat reducing procedures tend not to tighten skin as effectively in a single session,” adds Jack.
The technique is very nuanced, he shares, who advocates for using low settings to minimise inflammation but maximise tightening.