Radiofrequency (RF) therapy, also called radiofrequency skin tightening, is a nonsurgical method of tightening your skin. It is completely noninvasive, virtually painless and hardly any recovery time. There may be some redness or tingling in the first 24 hours after the treatment, which quickly disappears. The procedure involves using energy waves to heat the deep layer of your skin, or dermis, stimulating the production of collagen. RF energy heats the dermis, triggering platelets and growth factors to restructure collagen and elastin which speeds up cell turnover resulting in firmer, tighter skin over time. This treatment is safe for darker skin tones, unlike many laser treatments that can cause hyperpigmentation. RF energy does not interfere with the melanocytes in the epidermis and is suitable for most people. RF heating energy helps to firm, tighten and lift while reinvigorating skin for a healthy glow.
A single session of radiofrequency can deliver impressive, immediate results and can is a great pre-party treatment for glowing skin (done the day before). A single session will likely leave you with a noticeably lifted complexion, with the skin around the nasolabial folds and jawline looking especially taught and fresh. Additionally, RF boosts oxygen levels in the skin, giving it a radiant glow. For deeper, long-term results, a course of 4-6 sessions spaced 7-10 days apart is needed. Skin can keep getting tighter up to six months after the last RF treatment. This treatment is unique in that produces an immediate skin-tightening effect and delayed collagen synthesis. The results are both instant and cumulative. To maintain the results, a maintenance session every 6-12 months is recommended, as the aging process is ongoing.
Contraindications (RF cannot be performed):
- Cancer (all forms)
- Undergoing chemotherapy or immune therapy
- High blood pressure (uncontrolled)
- Diabetes (uncontrolled)
- Prednisone and other steroid medications (treatment will increase inflammation)
- Heart problems or diseases
- Kidney damage, diseases or problems
- Liver damage, diseases or problems
- Active implanted device such as pacemaker or defibrillator