Radiofrequency Skin Tightening – Complete guide
Radiofrequency skin tightening (RF) is an aesthetic procedure that uses RF electric current energy to heat tissue and stimulate sub-dermal collagen production to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin.
Ever wondered why does the skin becomes lax and wrinkled as we age, even after applying many many cosmeceutical products and using the most secret home remedies?
If yes, then you are not the alone. Trust us, this is a frequently asked question we have come across as cosmetology experts.
With advancing age, the skin loses its elasticity and firmness. The skin once tight enough and stretchy enough to snap back in place now becomes lax and wrinkled. All of this because of the decreased amount of collagen and elastin proteins.
Till now we could do nothing about it. But now advances in science and our better understanding of the ageing process has helped us to mitigate this problem to some extent.
There are many ways which can tighten the skin and iron out the creases. Among them is a brilliant noninvasive technique called Radiofrequency skin tightening.
You may want to Book an appointment for a complete face analysis and discuss the best-customised treatment plan for you.
Meanwhile Lets us tell you all about RF skin tightening in detail:
What is Radiofrequency skin tightening?
Technically speaking RF skin tightening works on the principle of electric currents and tissue heating.
There is this simple funda. When the tissue protein is heated to a specific temperature, the proteins denature. When this protein coagulation happens inside the body, our tissue healing response is activated. The body thinks that there is an injury and it starts producing the required collagen and elastin and many more proteins. Here in lies the trick. We heat up the tissue proteins without out actually causing damage to the rest of the skin. Think of it as a highly controlled injury at the microscopic level. Well, this little injury tricks the body into making collagen and elastin and other healing proteins.
Tissue heating without damaging the skin is achieved by a machine that generates electric current in the radio frequency range. With enough experimentation now scientists know just how much electric to use without causing any harm to the body. The probe of the machine has two parts. When the RF-probe is applied to the skin electric current is passed between the probes affecting only the region near the probe. The rest of the body is unaffected, neither do you feel any shock.
So, in short, the whole thing is as simple as applying the probe to the skin.
Now the question is How is radiofrequency skin tightening performed? What do you have to do to get it done?
First, you need to get in touch with your cosmetologist. Get your self examined and discuss the entire procedure in details. Talk about your expectations and fears.
It is an outpatient procedure, meaning there’s no overnight stay.
- First, your skin is cleaned thoroughly.
- The probe of the Radiofrequency machine is gently applied over the skin in a gliding movement from one region to another. There is a mild heating sensation which is easily tolerable. Radiofrequency skin tightening technique induces tissue remodelling by the production of new collagen and elastin. The process provides an alternative to Facelift and other cosmetic surgeries.
- It takes around 20 minutes to treat the entire face, and you are ready to go home afterwards. There is minimal downtime.
Radiofrequency Skin Tightening works well to rejuvenate the face and remove fine wrinkles.
What are the benefits of Radiofrequency skin tightening Therapy?
- Reduces fine wrinkles.
- Reverses sun damage and pigmentation.
- Shrinks pores.
- Tightens the loose skin and rejuvenates the face.
When will I see the results?
Radiofrequency skin tightening results in collagen remodelling and new collagen formation. As such normal wound healing takes 7-10 days, but the collagen formation and collagen maturation take around 1 month. Results are apparent from 2 to 3 months onwards. Multiple sessions are required to generate enough changes in the skin to result in visible tightness and smoothing. Around 6-8 courses are required with a gap of 3-4 weeks. Depending upon the laxity of the skin some individuals may need up-to 10 sessions.
Is radiofrequency skin tightening safe? Are there any risks?
Our trained team of medical and nursing professionals has performed many procedures. We give utmost importance to patient safety.
In some people, radiofrequency treatment can cause pigmentation changes in the skin though it is very rare. Some types of skin may become hyperpigmented and will require further treatment with cream or ointment. Others may develop hypopigmented spots which are lighter than the surrounding skin.
Some people may not have expected results because of resistant and very loose skin.
There is a risk of skin burning, redness and oedema. Usually, these are not errors of judgement on the service providers part. Sensitive skin due to prolonged application of steroidal creams has a tendency to burn. It is always a good idea to tell your cosmologist about all the things you have been using on your face.
After-Treatment instructions and precautions?
You may experience a slight redness after the procedure. There is hardly a days downtime for most of the people, but some may have a downtime of 2 to 7 days depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. After your treatment session, your health care provider may recommend a moisturiser or facial product to enhance and prolong your result.
You’ll need to avoid the sun for several months after radiofrequency procedure since your healing skin will be susceptible to tanning and hyperpigmentation. Thus proper use of sunscreen and following the ‘Aftercare instructions‘ given to you at the time of treatment is of utmost importance.
Dr. Vishal Purohit
Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Vishal Purohit is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon practicing in the Pink City Jaipur, Rajasthan. He is well versed in Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Hand Surgery, Microvascular Surgery, and Burns Surgery.
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Who are best candidates for Radiofrequency skin tightening ?
An ideal candidate is in good physical health, understands the procedure, and has realistic expectations of the outcome. It is best effective in patients with mild laxity and fine wrinkles. It takes away years from your skin. You are likely to be pleased with the results if your goal is to smooth wrinkles, improved skin texture, reduce pore size or reduce the effects of sun damage.
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