One of the most commonly-sought cosmetic procedures, body contouring (also known as body shaping or body sculpting) is the creation of a more attractive silhouette through a variety of aesthetic modalities, most often involving the treatment or surgical removal of fat.
The gold standard is liposuction, a surgical procedure with inherent risks that many patients wish to avoid. Numerous, less invasive energy-based alternatives are available. Reducing adipocytes (fat cells) through apoptosis-inducing radiofrequency is an easy and comfortable way to deliver circumferential reduction. Utilising a specialised frequency (27.12 MHz) to selectively target and heat adipocytes to the optimal temperature to cause denaturation of cells, leading to apoptosis (cell death).
Why 27.12 MHz Is The Magic Number
The 27.12 MHz frequency is selectively absorbed by adipocytes. As a result, adipocytes are more responsive than cells in the epidermis, dermis, or muscles, making this frequency ideally suited to precisely target adipocytes.
How Does It Work?
The apoptosis-inducing radiofrequency penetrates deep into the tissue, targeting the adipocytes. The adipocytes are energised and oscillate rapidly generating frictional heat. The frictional heat raises the adipocyte temperature to 45 degrees celsius at which point the cells denaturise. This denaturation causes changes in the integrity of the adipocyte membrane, leading to apoptosis and expulsion of the intracellular lipid. The body’s natural removal process then takes over, permanently removing the damaged cells.
Tissue stain on treated swine tissue, clearly show apoptosis of adipocytes after only a single 300 W 20 minute treatment.
Image Courtesy of ChungAng University Hospital