JEADV peer reviewed paper
Circumference reduction and cellulite treatment with TriPollar radiofrequency device: a pilot study
Journal of the Euroepan Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
W Manuskiatti,† C Wachirakaphan,† N Lektrakul ‡, S Varothai††Department of dermatology and
‡Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital,Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Backgound A wide variety of treatments for circumference reduction and cellulite are available, but most procedures offer suboptimal clinical effect and/or delayed therapeutic outcome.
To determine the safety and efficacy of the TriPollar radiofrequency device for cellulite treatment and circumference reduction.
Methods Thirty-nine females with cellulite received eight weekly TriPollar treatments. Treatment areas included the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and arms. Subjects were evaluated using standardized photographs and measurements of body weight, circumference, subcutaneous thickness, and skin elasticity of the treatment sites at baseline, immediately after and 4 weeks after the final treatment. Physicians' evaluation of clinical improvment scores using a quartile grading scale was recorded.
Results Thirty-seven patients (95%) completed the treatment protocol. There was significant circumference reduction of 3.5 and 1.7 cm at the abdomen (P=0.002) and thigh (P=0.002) regions, respectively. At 4 weeks after the last treatment, the average circumferential reductions of the abdomen and thights were sustained. No significant circumferential reductions of the buttocks and arms at the last treatment visit compared to baseline were demonstrated (P=0.138 and 0.152, respectively). Quartile grading scores correlating to approximately 50% improvment in cellulite appearance were noted.
Tripollar radiofrequency provided beneficial effects on the reduction of abdomen and thigh circumference and cellulite appearance.