Radiofrequency isn’t a word that conjures up images of healthy, wrinkle-free skin but that’s exactly what you can expect from this revolutionary technology. Radiofrequency skin tightening was first brought to the North American market in 2011, when the Venus Freeze instrument was introduced. With the increased popularity of noninvasive skin tightening procedures this technology has quickly moved to the forefront of aesthetic procedures. Although it’s grown quickly, becoming one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today, the technology isn’t a passing trend. Companies are devoting time and resources to develop even more sophisticated radiofrequency devices and more physicians are now offering this effective treatment.
How Does Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Work?
Powered by multi-polar magnetic pulses, the skin tightening device emits radiofrequency energy into the skin. When those electromagnetic fields are deployed, it helps to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The radiofrequency pulses are transmitted into the skin in varying phases, which raise the temperature of the treated area. That deep penetration into the skin layer stimulates the molecular and cellular reactions.
Basically, the radiofrequency in the device produces heat which penetrates the skin’s layers and coaxes new collagen and elastin production and encourages cell turnover, which makes the skin firmer and younger looking.
The device that’s used consists of two pieces, one contains eight electrodes and is specifically designed to treat larger areas, while the piece with four electrodes is used for smaller areas. Each of the pieces emits the radiofrequency and magnetic pulses simultaneously.
Where Can It Be Used?
This technology has proven effective at alleviating a variety of issues including lax skin, cellulite, lax vaginas, reducing localized fat deposits and softening fine lines and wrinkles. It can be safely used on any area of the body for vaginal rejuvenation, facial skin tightening or body contouring.
Why It’s a Safe Treatment
Although the first device wasn’t introduced to the U.S. market until 2011, using radiofrequency energy in aesthetic medicine is not a new concept. Since around 2001 it was common knowledge in the industry that applying heat to the skin stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers.
In addition, radiofrequency technology has been used in medicine to heal wounds and to help aid with bone growth since the 1950s. The FDA first approved the technology for bone growth in 1979. The treatments have improved since they were first developed and are now able to deliver radiofrequency straight to the tissue with much better heat distribution consistency.
The treatment is safe and effective if you select a board-certified surgeon who not only has experience with this specific technology but also uses FDA-cleared devices. Dr. Ghozland is a board-certified OB/GYN and a pioneer in the field with an extensive background in cosmetic medicine
We are all exposed to low levels of radiofrequency daily. From our smartphones and our television to our offices or microwaves, it’s something we encounter constantly. The effect of radiofrequency on humans has been studied and there is no conclusive evidence that exposure to this treatment is more dangerous than power lines or the metal detector at your local airport.
In addition, this noninvasive treatment is light years away from the energy emitted by your smartphone or radiation equipment. Radiofrequency skin tightening devices must be FDA cleared which means the amount of energy emitted is controlled and monitored. The devices are designed to target the specific tissue being treated so it reaches the optimal temperature necessary to induce new collagen production and cell regeneration without overheating.
Clinical studies have shown that the technique safely and effectively tightens skin.
How Can You Benefit from Radiofrequency Skin Tightening?
Unlike surgical treatments which require downtime and a hospital stay, radiofrequency skin tightening is quick and easy. Side effects of this treatment are minimal and usually just involve temporary swelling, redness and tingling. In addition, patients can bundle radiofrequency treatments with other noninvasive procedures such as injectables and micro needling.
Nearly anyone who wants tighter skin, or wants to delay further skin looseness, is a good candidate for radiofrequency skin tightening. Still, older patients with very loose skin will probably not see enough improvement from a noninvasive treatment.
What Should You Expect from Treatment?
You will be asked to lie down exposing the areas that need treatment. After applying a glycerin-based formula over the treatment area, the operator will set the initial MP2 energy level. Next, he or she will move the device over the area in a pattern and the skin temperature will begin to become elevated.
How Long Does It Take?
Treatment sessions vary from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area. For optimal results a total of six to 10 sessions are recommended with one every four weeks. Then, make sure to follow up with ongoing maintenance in order to prolong the results.
Is It Painful?
Most patients report no pain and say the treatment feels like a hot stone massage.