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Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 8:40 PM

Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

What is Radiofrequency? 

Radiofrequency (RF) is becoming a quick and popular treatment in the rejuvenation of skin in the battle against aging, but what exactly is it? It is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to pass a current through the dermis to apply macroscopic thermal wounds. So what does this mean? Well, while invasive procedures (surgery, generally) pull the skin tighter by cutting out excess tissue, RF applies heat beneath the superficial layer of the skin to an area called the dermis. The dermis is the region of skin which contains collagen, elastin, and other components important to the shape and structure of the skin. When the collagen in the dermis is heated to a specific termpature by the radiofrequency energy, it induces the stimulation of more collagen and other skin fibers. This, in turn, will cause the collagen in the skin to not only grow but also tighten, causing the skin to appear tighter and overall more youthful. Radiofrequency, in contrast to some laser treatments, can be applied to all different types of skin tones. 

What can Radiofrequency treat?

Radiofrequency can be used for a number of different treatments of both the face and body. For instance, it can: 

  • Diminish  frown lines
  • Lessen wrinkles around the face, eyes, and neck
  • Tighten lax skin in the face and jawline
  • Lessen depigmentation caused by aging
  • Lessen cellulite or irregular shaped skin

How many treatments do I need? How long does it last? 
The number of treatments varies from patient to patient. For some, one treatment can be enough to show improvement in the skin. However, more treatments may be suggested upon further evaluation of the skin by a professional in order to optimize treatment and determine the best course of action. The time suggested between multiple treatments is 2-4 weeks, with results lasting up to several years. Immediate results may be seen after the first initial treatment, however, optimal improvement is usually seen after several (usually 3-6) months. 

What should I do prior to the treatment? 
It's recommended that no aspirin or blood thinners be taken about 7 days prior to the treatment. Taking Arnica 2-3 days before and after will help lessen the bruising and swelling. Remove all makeup prior to coming for treatment.

What should I expect after the treatment? 
Post-treatment symptoms may include minimum pain, if any, with transient redness/inflammation of the skin, and edema. Generally, there is no or very minimal downtime and the redness/swelling should fade away in a day or two after treatment. Swelling is more likely to occur in the skin around the eyes (lower eyelids), but this normally fades away in about 2-3 days.  Applying an ice-pack 5-10 minutes on and 30 minutes off will help the swelling and redness subside. There is very little chance of the skin becoming infected post-treatment, however, should this occur it is important to notify the doctor immediately in order to get treated. We recommend a follow-up 2-5 days after treatment. 

Categories: Cosmetic