Radio frequency skin tightening is just one of the many non-invasive anti-ageing treatments offered by skin care clinics and dermatologists today. This type of non-surgical face-lift treatment introduces radio frequency (RF) energy to the skin of the face, creating measurable electrical currents that reshape and contract the skin’s collagen and then tighten the surface of the skin.
Radio frequency skin tightening requires no cutting or re-positioning of the skin, as is necessary during a traditional eye or face lift – and has significantly fewer side effects than older laser skin therapies. Much like laser treatment, RF energy penetrates both the epidermis and the dermis to tighten and rejuvenate the skin, but it causes no damage to existing skin cells. If you have sensitive skin but want to treat your fine lines and wrinkles, radio frequency skin tightening may be a good option for you, as it is gentler on the skin than most other kinds of thermal procedures.
The effects of radio frequency treatments are mostly attributable to the heat that is generated by the RF waves. In the field of skin care and ant-ageing treatments, RF waves are most commonly used for facial rejuvenation and their believed ability to stimulate the protein fibers that keep the skin elastic. During treatment, the RF waves penetrate the skin to tighten it from the inside out, as they stimulate collagen fibroblast production, which will in trigger the production of fresh collagen fibers which result in tighter, more taught skin which is demonstrably younger.
The radio frequency used in non-surgical treatments is different from that emitted by your microwave or cell phone, or radar equipment—the radio frequency in skin tightening treatments is highly controlled. FDA cleared technologies use equipment that allows the practitioner to monitor and control the device during treatment to ensure that targeted tissues reach the optimal temperature to induce new collagen production and cell regeneration without overheating.
Clinical studies have demonstrated an excellent safety profile on RF procedures for skin tightening, whether it be for vaginal rejuvenation, facial skin tightening, or body contouring.
What to Expect During an RF Skin Tightening Treatment
Your skin care specialist may ask that you wash your face with a mild soap and warm water before you arrive for your treatment, as it is important that no excess oils or cosmetics remain on the skin that might reduce the effectiveness of the procedure. When treatment begins, a numbing cream will be applied to the skin and then allowed to sit until it takes effect. It will then be removed, and the skin care specialist will target the treatment area with an ink grid transfer so that the treatment is focused and that no other skin is accidentally affected.
A gliding gel will then be applied to the skin before the RF waves are delivered to the skin. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you may feel a heated sensation during treatment, but the side effects of the treatment are believed to be minimal for most patients. When the treatment is over, the skin care specialist will apply a topical cooling gel to the treated area to minimize discomfort.