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Clinical and histopathological study of the TriPollar home-use device for body treatments Volume 20, issue 3, May-June 2010

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Pitié Salpétrière Hospital, Research Director of the GREDECO Research Association, 121 rue de la Pompe, 75 116 Paris, France, GREDECO Research Association, Paris, France, Multi Clinic, Volklingen, Germany, Aesthetic Dermatologic Clinic, Paris, France
  • Key words: fat, home-use, lipolysis, radiofrequency, skin tightening, TriPollar
  • DOI : 10.1684/ejd.2010.0938
  • Page(s) : 367-72
  • Published in: 2010

Professional non invasive treatments for body contouring based on radiofrequency (RF) became popular in aesthetic clinics due to proven efficacy and safety. A new home-use RF device for body treatments has been developed based on TriPollar™ technology. Our objective was to evaluate the TriPollar home-use device for circumference reduction, cellulite improvement and skin tightening using objective and subjective methods. An ex-vivo human skin model was used for histological and biochemical evaluations of the TriPollar clinical effect. Additionally, twenty four subjects used the new device on the abdomen and thigh areas and the circumference reduction was measured. Ex-vivo models indicated a significant increase of 82% in hypodermal glycerol release. Histology revealed a 34% alteration in adipocyte appearance. Collagen synthesis increased by 31% following TriPollar treatment. A significant average reduction of 2.4 cm was measured on the treated thighs. On the control thighs a lesser, non-significant reduction was found. Average abdominal laxity was reduced from 1.4 at baseline to 0.8 following treatments. A certain reduction was measured in the abdomen circumferences, although it was not significant. The reported results demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the new TriPollar home-use device for body contouring and skin tightening. Treatment may lead to discrete circumference reduction and moderate laxity improvement.