How Does Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Work?
Radiofrequency skin tightening, or RF treatment, is a non- invasive procedure that some doctors do in their office. The doctor will use a wand that is connected to a machine that creates radio waves. They will pass the wand over your body to apply radio waves to your skin.
The waves give off heat that prompts your skin to produce more collagen and elastin. The treatment also speeds up cell turnover, so the skin gets firmer and thicker over time.
The process can take approximately 30 to 90 minutes, depending on how much skin you are having treated. The treatment will leave you with minimal discomfort.
You may see these treatments called by the brand names Thermi, Exilis, Profound RF, and Thermage, among others.
What Can Radiofrequency Treatments Help?
Radiofrequency skin tightening is a safe, effective anti-aging treatment for a number of different parts of the body. It is a popular treatment for the face and neck area. It can also help with loose skin around your belly or upper arms.
What's Good to Know Before Getting Radiofrequency Skin Tightening?
Safety. Radiofrequency skin tightening is considered safe and effective. The FDA has approved it for reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Effects. You may start to see changes to your skin right away. The most significant improvements to skin tightness will come later. Skin can keep getting tighter up to six months after the radiofrequency treatment.
Recovery. Normally, since this procedure is completely noninvasive, you won’t have much of a recovery time. You may be able to go back to normal activities right after the treatment.
In the first 24 hours, you may see some redness or feel tingling and soreness. Those symptoms disappear pretty quickly. In rare cases, people have reported pain or blistering from the treatment.
Number of treatments. Most people only need one treatment to see full effects. Doctors recommend following an appropriate skin care regimen after the procedure. Sunscreen and other skin care products may help make the effects last longer.