WHAT IS RADIO FREQUENCY SKIN TIGHTENING AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
Radio frequency skin tightening is a non invasive skin tightening Facial treatment. The lifting facial rejuvenation targets nasal folds, lines and wrinkles around the eyes, slack jaw line, neck creases and mouth. It is also excellent for the treatment of open pores on the face and acne. The effects of Radio frequency treatments are mostly attributable to the heat that is generated by the RF waves.
RF waves are most commonly used for facial rejuvenation and their ability to stimulate the protein fibres that keep the skin elastic.
Radio frequency devices come in all shapes and sizes and depths. Bipolar radio frequency which is 2 or more electrodes in the same hand piece, maneuvered over the your skin via a gel, heating the skin to 42°c to create a healing effect.
Once the skin has reached 42°c it then causes friction in the water molecules in the skin, causing thermal injury. The heat and friction caused sends a message to the brain that the skin is getting damaged. The brain will then send fresh collagen to the face encouraging skin healing. During the treatment, the RF waves penetrate the skin to tighten from the inside out, as they stimulate fresh fibroblasts production, which will trigger fresh collagen production. This results in tighter more taut skin that is noticeably more youthful. Radio frequency facial is one of the most comfortable Aesthetic skin tightening treatments and has been compared to having a hot stone massage on the face. This can be very relaxing for some clients.
WHO IS THE TREATMENT SUITABLE FOR WHO SHOULD AVOID IT?
Radio Frequency is one of the safest, least invasive and yet most effective treatment available to people of all skin colors, for rejuvenating, lifting and tightening skin. The treatment is loved by men and woman aged 40 and over, but is also very popular with younger clients who want to glow and look their best for a night out. It can be performed as a one off treatment, or a more popular course of 6-10 treatments. In our early 20,s we have plenty of collagen in our skin. However, with age our collagen production decreases. By the time we reach our mid 40’s it is barely in production. Due to the lack of collagen we notice our skin loses its elasticity, sags and forms lines and wrinkles.
Radio Frequency treatment is not suitable for clients who are epileptic, diabetic, have pace makers, skin disorders, diseases, highly sensitive skin or dermal fillers. If you’ve had anti wrinkle injections you must wait a month before having radio frequency.
DOES RADIO FREQUENCY HURT AND ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
You may experience some redness and swelling in the treated area after 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 irritation. You should ensure that only clean purified water is used for this purpose. Some patients have reported sinking of the skin in the treated area. This has mostly occurred with clients with dermal fillers who gave the more intense RF treatments such as fraxel and thermage. This can be very painful and can present challenges in pain management as local aesthetics may interfere with delivery of RF waves. Oral Analgesics are generally recommend for more intense RF treatments.
In most cases Radio frequency treatments have a low instance of side effects and are considered a viable anti ageing treatment for a wide array of skin types.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED TO SEE A RESULT?
After just 1 Radio frequency treatment a noticeable difference can be seen. For long lasting skin tightening results a course of 6-10 treatments are needed to see optimal results. Treatments can be performed once or twice until the end of the course. The skin keeps looking fresher and tighter as the weeks go bye as more collagen is getting produced in the skin and elastin fibres tighten up. Keep in mind multiple radio frequency procedures are needed to show best results. Once a course is finished, a maintenance treatment is needed every 2-3 months depending on age.
For expert results avoid low powered at home devices.
WHAT DO I THINK OF AT HOME RADIO FREQUENCY FACIAL DEVICES SUCH AS DERMAWAND?
Dermawand and other at home RF devices are not powerful enough to produce long term tightening effects. Rejuvenation and some tightening can be seen with the treatment for a day or 2 but then skin goes back to normal. However, dermawand is good for rejuvenation and oxygenating the skin. Mature clients with deeper lines and wrinkles, the power of the dermawand will not be effective enough.