How does the Stratum Reveal Work?
The Stratum Reveal has 4 independently controlled applicators and each one has a cooled 80mm x 40mm sapphire window and a relatively low energy 1060nm infrared laser. The applicators are attached to the area or areas to be treated and once attached the treatment cycle begins.
The initial sensation will be that the applicators are starting to feel colder as the cooling system starts to cool the skin surface. Then after around 30 seconds the lasers will switch on. These are relatively low power constant wave lasers that will shine onto the treatment area and the infrared light will penetrate to around 2.5 to 3cm. The treatment area will start to feel less cold. The cooling stays constant throughout the treatment cycle but the lasers switch on for a few seconds then off for a few seconds. At the start of the cycle the laser on/off ratio is adjusted to steadily head the treatment area until the therapeutic treatment temperature of 42C is reached. This is the skin temperature and is consistent with the temperature normally used for radio frequency (RF) skin tightening and like RF it will produce a short term 1 – 2 week tightening of the skin as a by product of the treatment.
However, deeper into the insulated fat layer higher temperatures are reached which causes the fat cells to breakdown and release the lipids they contain. The fat cell material is then removed by the body and the lipids are either used for energy or redistributed. Ideally the patient is also losing weight at the same time through control of their food intake and the released fat will be used preferentially. If not, typically 23% of the fat cells in the treated area will have been broken down and the fat will will be reabsorbed in other nontreated areas to enhance the body contours.
The complete treatment cycle takes typically 25 minutes and no massaging of the treated area is necessary.