If you were to ask the patients who have been under my aesthetic medical care over the years, they would likely say something like, “Jennie is all about realistic expectations and results; she’d tell me if something wasn’t going to work for me.” I, like most aesthetic practitioners, have not worked with all the different types of equipment available, but I have worked with numerous devices through the years and have developed long-lasting “relationships” with some and have dismissed others based on my experience and their poor performance. I have to truly believe in a product or procedure before I would ever discuss an aesthetic treatment option with a patient. I thoroughly read study after study about a subject and discuss outcomes with others in the field to get as much information as I possibly can before recommending new treatments for my patients. I firmly believe in always recommending the best procedure for a patient, whether I can deliver that myself or if I need to refer my patient to another practice or plastic surgeon to achieve the desired results. What is best for the patient is not always what I can provide.
That’s why in the summer of 2015, when Dr. Stevens and I began to discuss working together to form Azura, my guard went up when we began to talk about his already purchased Exilis device. As he began to tell me all about his fat-reduction and skin-tightening machine, I began to feel myself wiggle in my seat and I consciously tried to tell myself, “hear him out and do your homework” and I thought, “Here we go… another radio frequency device, I hope it works”. Prior to meeting Dr. Stevens, I had never had the opportunity to use the Exilis device with my patients but could visually see the charts presented at many aesthetic conferences of all the devices on the market that are similar and have been found to have various results. I have been disappointed by so many skin tightening and fat reduction devices through the years I immediately began to think, “He must be kidding if he thinks I am going to recommend this device to my loyal patients without seeing some real outcomes”. I know…. I know…. I should have heard him out and listened to him tell me about all the patients he treated and then go through all the pictures he was showing me… but my guard was already up and real-time seeing is believing. My inner five-year-old self was already crossing my arms and was thinking “game on”. I mentally began to prepare the list of family and friends I was going to treat during my training (p.s. my mother will never let me go back to working in internal medicine because samples of cholesterol medications is nowhere near as fun as laser treatments and injectables) and try to come up with so called “easy patients” and “never going to work patients”.
Dr. Stevens was very patient and kind during his thorough lessons using the Exilis device. I began treating a few close friends, you know… the brutally honest ones, and began to notice positive changes pretty quickly. What was better was that each time a person came back to see me for follow up and for continued treatments, he or she had noted a positive change and were pleased with the results. I then asked Dr. Stevens if he would bring in a trainer from the company he bought the Exilis device from to continue the training and he did. They helped me to fine-tune some struggles I was having with the device and get through some of the trouble spots. Practice makes perfect and I must say, once I began seeing results, I was more intrigued how this “simple radiofrequency” device could be delivering such a powerful punch – but it does. Now, let me be clear, this device does not always produce results like a surgical procedure would, but compared to other devices that do help to treat skin laxity and excess fat, this is now my favorite. There is no downtime, excessive pain and no surgical scars. If you come to Azura and we recommend Exilis, know that I truly feel you are a candidate for treatment. If not, we can recommend some great surgeons! 🙂
Dr. Stevens, thank you for your grace. You knew what you were doing. I am humbled and I love your Exilis device! Ok… now can we treat my bra fat???