Radio frequency skin tightening is just one of the many non-invasive anti-ageing treatments offered by skin care clinics and dermatologists today. This type of non-surgical facelift treatment introduces radio frequency (RF) energy to the skin of the face, creating measurable electrical currents that reshape and contract the skin’s collagen and then tighten the surface of the skin. Radio frequency skin tightening requires no cutting or repositioning of the skin, as is necessary during a traditional eye or face lift – and has significantly fewer side effects than older laser skin therapies. Much like laser treatment, RF energy penetrates both the epidermis and the dermis to tighten and rejuvenate the skin, but it causes no damage to existing skin cells. If you have sensitive skin but want to treat your fine lines and wrinkles, radio frequency skin tightening may be a good option for you, as it is gentler on the skin than most other kinds of thermal procedures.
Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Overview
The effects of radio frequency treatments are mostly attributable to the heat that is generated by the RF waves. In the field of skin care and ant-ageing treatments, RF waves are most commonly used for facial rejuvenation and their believed ability to stimulate the protein fibers that keep the skin elastic. During treatment, the RF waves penetrate the skin to tighten it from the inside out, as they stimulate collagen fibroblast production, which will in trigger the production of fresh collagen fibres which result in tighter, more taught skin which is demonstrably younger.
Those who choose radio frequency skin tightening should keep in mind that depending on the strength of the treatment, it will require three or more to see any visible results and that treatments need to be repeated several times during the year. Radio frequency skin tightening is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not likely to be covered by any private medicare plans, so those who want to have the treatments will likely have to pay out of pocket for each individual procedure, which can cost hundreds, often thousands of dollars.
What to Expect During an RF Skin Tightening Treatment
Your skin care specialist may ask that you wash your face with a mild soap and warm water before you arrive for your treatment, as it is important that no excess oils or cosmetics remain on the skin that might reduce the effectiveness of the procedure. When treatment begins, a numbing cream will be applied to the skin and then allowed to sit until it takes effect. It will then be removed, and the skin care specialist will target the treatment area with an ink grid transfer so that the treatment is focused and that no other skin is accidentally affected.
A gliding gel will then be applied to the skin before the RF waves are delivered to the skin. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you may feel a heated sensation during treatment, but the side effects of the treatment are believed to be minimal for most patients. When the treatment is over, the skin care specialist will apply a topical cooling gel to the treated area to minimize discomfort.
Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Side Effects
You may experience some redness and swelling in the treated area after a radio frequency skin tightening procedure, but these symptoms should resolve themselves within 24-48 hours. Misting the face with cool water may help to reduce the irritation, although you should ensure that only clean, purified water is used for these purposes. Some patients have reported sinking of the skin in the treated area, but this has mostly occurred with intense RF treatments. In most cases, these treatments have a low instance of side effects and are considered a viable anti-ageing treatment for a wide array of skin types. However, keep in mind that multiple radio frequency skin tightening procedures are needed to show effects, so even relatively mild discomfort or side effects can become a headache over time. Consult a specialist physician for expert results and avoid low powered at-home devices.