If you are looking to give your skin its firmness, then you might have heard of RF Skin Tightening also known as radiofrequency therapy.
But how does Radio Frequency Skin Tightening treatment work or its side effects and benefits?
While aging brings about psychological and emotional growth, it also comes with its physical limitations that were otherwise, once considered, undoable. The most noticeable signs of aging primarily focus on your body and majorly on the skin, with indications such as sagging skin and wrinkles.
However, modern medicine and technology have proven their superior capabilities with their reversible effects on some of the common aging signs. This way, you can look as young as you feel and feel as good as you look with just a few invasive procedures such as RF Skin Tightening and Ultrasonic Cavitation.
More than one hundred different structural proteins in your body are known to man, but the most abundant one is collagen. This protein makes about 6% of the total body weight and around 30% of bone tissue. It is also responsible for creating the basic framework of your skin that gives the skin its firmness. However, as you age, your cells tend to produce less collagen, resulting in the sagging of skin parts and wrinkles on your face and other parts of your body.
This sagging and wrinkles are commonly known as skin laxity and tend to occur around the ages of 35 to 40 when your collagen proteins’ quantity and quality start declining. RF Skin Tightening, also known as RF Therapy or Radiofrequency therapy, has been used to counter sagging skin and other signs of aging ever since its approval and application by the FDA since 2001.
Radiofrequency waves, otherwise known as RF waves, are a type of radiation that releases energy in electromagnetic waves. Depending on the amount of energy released by these waves, RF waves can be categorized as high or low energy radiation. For example, the X-rays used in laboratories and gamma rays used in nuclear weapons can be classified as increased energy. In contrast, RF waves can be classified as low energy radiation.
Wi-Fi, radio waves and microwaves are excellent examples of RF waves commonly found around us. These waves are harmless and widely used in most of the households around you. Furthermore, the type of radiation used in RF therapy for skin tightening releases about one billion times less energy than X-rays and gamma rays, making them safe for use.
This procedure works by targeting the tissue located beneath the outer layer of the epidermis using radiofrequency energy, which generates heat that stimulates the new production of collagen. Furthermore, the procedure also triggers fibroplasia, the process in which your body forms new fibrous tissue in cases of injuries or wounds. It also stimulates the production of collagen, causing its fibers to shorten and become tenser. However, the molecules that build up collagen are left undamaged, and ultimately, skin elasticity is increased while the targeted loose sagging skin is tightened.
During RF therapy treatment, the skin tightening machine sends alternating currents from the tip of a particular electrode to your tissues at a designated frequency between 0.3 and 10 MHz. The process tends to increase the amount of melanin pigment in the outer layer of your skin beyond normal, making the therapy useful for all skin types and colors. Patients who undergo this treatment tend to experience almost no pain because the majority report a tingling sensation. When performed by a specialist and approved expert, RF skin therapy can be painless with a type two painful experience on a scale of 0 to 5.
The significant benefits of RF Skin therapy are tightening your skin whenever sagging occurs and removing your skin’s wrinkles. However, the procedure can also be used for other services such as:
Weight loss tends to leave behind pockets of fat that result in sagging skin, which can ultimately distort a person’s body shape. With RF therapy, you can tighten loose skin on your body because the procedure stimulates collagen production. After a few therapy sessions, you would notice a massive improvement in your body shape. Other areas around the body in which the RF therapy for skin tightening can be applied include:
Fighting sun damage
When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays, it causes collagen fibers in your skin to break down and become disoriented. With RF therapy, you can counter the effects of mild sun damage by stimulating new collagen production in your skin, giving you healthier and firmer skin.
Removing wrinkles and fine lines
As we age, wrinkles start to develop around the eyes, but this treatment procedure can significantly remove them together with the visible lines around your eyes. Similarly, nasolabial lines, the indents found on either side of the nose, also known as smile or laugh lines, can also be effectively treated using this procedure. It is one of the most noticeable effects of the process on a person’s face.
RF therapy is also a non-surgical face slimming method because it helps break down fat in the lower part of the face, leaving you with beautiful and satisfying results.
When combined with electromagnetic treatment for a few sessions, there can be a significant improvement on your face countering the effects of facial skin laxity. RF therapy can also be used for facial skin tightening in other ways, such as:
The procedure can be used on the eyelids to reduce skin laxity. The eyes are usually protected from the RF radiation using specially dedicated contact lenses worn during treatment. Sometimes the specialist can even use a local anesthetic in the periorbital region.
When it comes to facial rejuvenation around the eyes, RF therapy results in no downtime and little to no risk of any adverse side effects. Patients are to expect a mild to moderate improvement in the firmness of their eyelid skin.
The treatment can also tighten loose skin around the cheek area by decreasing your jowls’ surface area or saggy skin below your cheeks. RF skin tightening is safe for all skin types undergoing facial rejuvenation around the cheeks improving the results significantly in many patients.
The therapy is also useful for elevating the brow line because it tends to tighten the skin, which pulls back the eyebrows from the center of the eye, giving them a more natural and significantly acute angle.
RF therapy for skin tightening can produce a few adverse side effects; however, they aren’t a threat to the health of a patient and include:
While traditional RF treatments caused a lot of pain in its patients, modern treatment procedures have reduced the problem significantly by lowering the radio frequency used to achieve the same incredible results.
This condition is also known as swelling and is another side effect of RF treatment. The swelling can be expected to last about 24 hours after treatment. In rare cases, some patients would experience swelling for up to a week.
Also known as reddening of the treated area, patients may experience this after the procedure. However, this side effect tends to fade away after 24 hours.
The price of RF therapy for skin tightening is not constant because it varies depending on the body part that would be affected and the location in which you would be receiving treatment. Prices generally range between $1,000 to $4,000. Because the procedure is usually considered a cosmetic one, it isn’t covered by most insurance providers in the market.
RF therapy is a safe and non-invasive method of tightening your skin to treat mild or moderate signs of aging. The effects can last years when done correctly and, therefore, you should only ensure that it is performed on you by an approved, specialized, and certified expert. Remember, you’re only as young as you feel.