The Woodlands Office
10845 Kuykendahl Rd, Ste 103
The Woodlands, TX 77382
(832) 871-4111


TriPollar Apollo Radiofrequency for Body Contouring

This FDA-cleared, non invasive body cotouring devise uses the latest 3rd generation radiofrequency technology. TriPollar treatments have been available outside the US since 2006, with millions of treated patients in over 60 countries. This procedure provides safe and effective skin tightening, body contouring, and cellulite improvement with no pain or down-time.

Which areas of the body can you treat?
We have found triPollar to be a great on the loose abdominal skin after pregnancy as well as the sagging neck and/or jowl area. Cellulite on the hips, buttocks, or legs is another great area for this treatment. Patients who have undergone extensive weight loss and now have excessive, loose skin will not benefit as much from this, and they would do much better with plastic surgery management.

How does it work?
The intense heating of the skin with radiofrequency energy promotes collagen regeneration and contraction of existing collagen structures. This provides a great tightening result on loose abdominal skin as well as the neck and jowl area. TriPollar treatments also accelerate fat metabolism, forcing fat cells to secrete their fatty acids and shrink down. Along with consistent healthy eating and exercise, these fat cells typically remain shrunk down. The contraction of the skin and shrinking of the fat cells typically provides 50% or more improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

Does it hurt?
Treatments actually feel more like a hot stone message and are painless. At times the heat is more noticeable, but it is not considered painful.

What are the side effects?
You may have some redness or slight swelling after each session, which typically disappears within sereral hours. Blisters, burns, or scabs are extremely rare and should prompt a call to our office for follow-up.

How many treatments does it take?
Because this procedure is gradual and safe, it takes 8 treatments for the best effect, given on a weekly basis. Fortunately, the treatments are easy and fast, lasting around 30 minutes, with no down-time. You can return immediately to work or regualr activities. Consistency is important, as the effects are cumulative. Don't expect to see many results after 2 or 3 treatments. The regimen of 8 weekly treatments provides effective results for most patients. Those with more advanced skin issues may need up to 12 treatments. Because the body continues to age as we get older, it is recommended to undergo maintenance treatments twice a year to keep the youthful result.

Is this treatment safe for everyone?
Patients with pacemakers, defibrillators, or metal bone implants should not undergo radiofrequency treatment. Dental implants, however, are fine with this procedure. Also, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not considered candidates for this treatment. Patients with a history of cancer must wait at least one year after treatment and be cleared by an oncologist to proceed with radiofrequency treatments. Those with connective-tissue disease (lupus, etc) will not respond well to this treatment, and should evaluate other options.

When will I see results?
As with many processes in the body, collagen does not grow overnight. It takes weeks to slowly grow and develop. Most patients begin to see results after the fourth or fifth treatment, although everyone is different. The final results are typically apparent 1 month after the last (8th) treatment.

Will the heat melt away the filler injections in my face?
No, it should not destroy any of the filler injections. However, it is best to wait one month after any filler injections before starting radiofrequency treatments.

How is Apollo TriPollar different from other radiofrequency devices?
Radiofrequency has been used in medicine for over 75 years, and various cosmetically-based radiofrequency devices have been introduced to the market through the years, such as Thermage, Velashape, Exilis, and Accent. These use one or two electrodes to heat the skin. TriPollar technology employs three or more electrodes at a time for quicker, more focused heat production, dependable results, and no pain, compared with the older technologies.

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