RF therapy, also referred to as high-frequency skin tightening, is a non-surgical technique used to tighten the skin. It is a scientifically proven method that involves the use of energy waves to heat up the deep layer of tissues (dermis) in the skin, which stimulates the production of collagen.
Collagen is a protein that helps to create a frame within the skin, providing firmness. As we age, the production of collagen decreases, which leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. Similarly, rapid weight loss can also cause skin laxity.
RF therapy has been used since 2001 to combat signs of aging and sagging skin. In this article, we will discuss the science behind this cosmetic therapy and its potential benefits for your skin.
One of the key benefits of RF therapy is that it can tighten skin and reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Additionally, RF therapy can also help combat sun damage by stimulating collagen and elastin production. Exposure to UV rays can break down collagen fibers in the skin, leading to further damage on top of what we naturally suffer with through ageing.
A 2011 study found that RF treatment over three months resulted in significant improvements in a group of people with mild to moderate sun damage. RF therapy is considered safe and unlikely to have any negative side effects such as cancer, as it releases a billion times less energy than X-rays.
RF therapy for body contouring
Radio frequency (RF) therapy is a non-invasive treatment that can help improve body shape and tighten loose skin by stimulating collagen production. A study in 2017 found that 24 out of 25 individuals who underwent 5 to 8 sessions of RF skin tightening saw an improvement in their body shape, with 23 of them being satisfied with their results. We use this where a patient has had surgery and the surgeon may have missed an area such as flanks.
RF therapy can also be used to improve facial contour by combining it with pulsed electromagnetic treatment. In a small study, 11 participants underwent this treatment for 8 weeks and saw a significant improvement in facial skin laxity, with 73 percent of them experiencing an improvement in facial contour.
Wrinkles and fine lines
Wrinkles and fine lines can also be treated with RF therapy. These skin issues are often caused by ageing or rapid weight loss, and a 2018 study found that three treatments of RF therapy over 6 weeks significantly reduced physiological wrinkles around the eyes in 70 middle-aged women.
RF therapy can also be used to slim the face and other areas of your body non-surgically. A study in 2017 found that after 5 weeks of RF therapy, over 90 percent of 14 middle-aged Asian women experienced fat loss in their lower facial area, with 60 percent being satisfied or very satisfied with their results. The only observed side effect was slight redness a few hours after the procedure.
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Sagging and wrinkly neck
RF therapy can also target the neck area to decrease sagging and provide a youthful rejuvenation.
Other common areas for use of this non-ablative device is to target your neck for decreased sagging and a look of youthful rejuvenation. People will often also have their forehead treated as the process is so non invasive and has such positive results.
Are there any dangers associated with RF therapy?
RF therapy and non surgical skin tightening is generally considered safe when performed by someone with formal training as we do at Essential Feeling.
If the procedure is performed incorrectly, it is possible to burn yourself, so you’re always advised to seek a professional therapist such as ourselves. We not only use amazing devices for ultimate satisfaction, but we’re also accredited with a clinical doctor and surgeon on Harley Street because of our professionalism.
Common side effects of this non invasive therapy include: Temporary tingling, swelling, redness. People with darker skin are at increased risk of side effects from laser and RF treatments. The form of RF radiation used during this procedure is like the type of radiation emitted by other common appliances, such as mobile phones or Wi-Fi. Although the long-term effects of low-energy radiation are not fully known, there is currently no conclusive evidence that radiofrequency radiation poses a risk to human health. Recovery from this aesthetic procedure is therefore minimal, with clients often stating it is even therapeutic.
How to evaluate the effectiveness of radio frequency skin tightening?
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of sagging skin, both women and men bay be concerned that the appearance of wrinkles will remain unchanged after a significant investment in the treatment. Whilst we will always maintain in the market that everyone’s body reacts differently, rest assured that we are using the best equipment on the market and our reputation and level of customer service is more important to us than making a quick buck. The before and after photos are after only a few sessions, and we have included several pictures so you can see the progress along the way.
Likewise, the equipment we use is the same as the NHS invest in, and has been developed by physicists who look at the evidence and the statistical difference of before and after results following the heat and frequency of radiotherapy on collagen and the deep layer before claiming any level of improvement. Their studies are all about the methodological quality on the tissue and its ability to repair following treatment.
What are the side effects of RF therapy?
Most clients tell us that RF therapy is completely painless after treatment. Radio frequency sessions last around 20 to 40 minutes. You might want to use an anaesthetic cream on the surface of your skin, it’s your choice. Many therapists such as ourselves at Essential Feeling Romford, prefer a mesh approach to your application, which ensures even and more efficient treatment.
After radiofrequency, it’s common to be red where we’ve treated. This dissolves quickly, especially when we apply the cooling gels and soothing products after. There’s very little downtime (we don’t actually think there is any at all, but officially we need to say very little). The amount of radiofrequency appointments you need in your course depends on your skin, but for truly visible results, we usually expect it to take between three and five sessions over a period of three to five months.
When you use RF therapy consistently, this is how you achieve the maximum contraction and synthesis of collagen — it even affects skin tightening on the most resistant cells. This is why it comes with great efficacy.
Who is this elastin production treatment ideal for?
The ideal client for radiofrequency is a middle-age man or woman who is seeing a degradation in your skin firmness. The reasons vary from, e.g. sudden weight loss, which has left a targeted area suffering with sagging skin (either surgical or through diet) and age. Typically, you can use this to avoid cosmetic surgery such as face lifting, or to enhance the results following liposuction or thermacool sessions.
While radiofrequency will help to remodel tissue to lift, firm and tone the face, stomach (abdomen) or any other area where collagen synthesis is required, it does not address any surface issues on the skin.
What else can I combine this with to get optimal results?
This isn’t something that you must do, but if you think about the rationale. We’re creating a setup that simulates the wound healing response in your body. If we add vitamins that support this, then you’re improving your results. We always do vitamins by injections because this way your body gets the effects of them rather than expelling them when taken orally in tablet form.
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