Radio Frequency – Skin Tightening

Radio Frequency seems to be the new buzz word around the aesthetics field. Although radio frequency has been around for many years, the aesthetics industry is booming with the evidence and medical backed journals of the effectiveness of radio frequency in skin tightening. Skin laxity is a concern for many clients. Skin laxity can be caused by many things such as weight loss, depletion of collagen and elastin levels and it can be hormonal. Over time the body’s natural collagen and elastin fibres breakdown causing skin laxity and sagging. Collagen slowly starts to deplete around 25 years old and continues as we age.

Radio frequency can provide a safe and effective non-invasive treatment for skin laxity. Radio frequency works on the principle of bulk heating the collagen fibres to induce neocollagenesis. Radio frequency uses oscillating electrical current through an antenna or probe. The electrical currents can travel at the speed of light and due to this speed, this type of electrical current does not interfere with the neuromuscular  structure.

Radio frequency is conducted on to the skin and area to be treated. The treatment penetrates down to the subcutaneous layers of the skin. This causes the subcutaneous layers to bulk heat and temperatures can go to 38- 42 degrees.

The physiological impact of radio frequency causes the collagen and elastin fibres to renew meaning new collagen and elastin fibres develop. The physiological effects impact the dermis where collagen synthesis occurs. Radio frequency leads to skin tightening and firming. 

Radio frequency can be used on all areas of the body where there is skin laxity such as brows. Jowls, neck. Arms, buttocks and abdomen.

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How many sessions

Depending on the severity of skin laxity 3-5 sessions are required over a 3–5-month period. This can be assessed with the therapist as the sessions progress. The area that is treated can be red after treatment which will decrease over a few hours and there is nothing to be alarmed about. To gain optimum results from radio frequency maintenance sessions may be required on any areas that have resistant cells. 

Treatment sessions depending on the area to be treated can last 20 -40 minutes.

Radio Frequency provides a firming and toning on areas where there is skin laxity. If you are concerned about the texture of the skin, then other treatments may be recommended alongside radio frequency such as chemical peels and skin rejuvenation.