William Vinyard, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

What Your Grandma Wished She'd Known: Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Treatments

Along with iPhones, headless speakers, and TVs the size of houses, we can thank modern technological advances for one of the newest, hottest, anti-aging therapies: radio frequency skin firming. Using electrical currents to tighten the surface of the skin, this minimally-invasive treatment requires no cutting or repositioning of the facial skin (as most eye or face lifts do).

The gentler, more natural face lift...

If you have sensitive (or easily bruising) skin, but still want to work on eliminating your wrinkles, radio frequency skin tightening may be a phenomenal option for you! Wrinkles are a sure sign of age, but so is fine, sensitive skin. It’s time you learned more about the gentler, more natural face lift.

What Is Radio Frequency Skin Tightening?

Much like laser treatment, radio frequency (RF) energy permeates both the epidermis and dermis to tighten and rejuvenate the skin with no damage to the already existing skin cells. Choosing the RF tightening treatment means no knives and no stitches! Instead focus on rebuilding collagen and natural facial rejuvenation.

Why Does Radio Frequency Skin Tightening Work?

The impacts of RF treatments are mostly attributable to the heat that is created by the electric waves. Heat and cooling can both be useful for prompting the body to regenerate its cells and encourage new collagen growth. Radio frequency waves in particular are typically used for face renewal. They stimulate the healthy protein fibers that keep the skin flexible with a youthful glow.

During the treatment, the RF waves pass through the skin to tighten it from the inside out, stimulating the growth of fresh collagen fibers. Collagen tightens the skin leading to more youthful, glowing skin.

Tighten your skin from the inside out, closing pores and wrinkles.

Radio waves are unique because they produce warmth at radio frequency, they are directed at a deeper layer of skin rather than shedding the external layer of the skin. When the skin tightens, the pores close and wrinkles begin to appear less prominent.

This treatment is significantly faster than waiting for the skin to soak up nutrients and moisture from creams or serums.

Here’s What to Expect During A Skin Tightening With Radio Frequency...

Before the procedure, expect a numbing lotion to be applied to your face to prevent any pain or discomfort. After the gel is applied, the electric waves will be directed toward your skin from a probe and rf generator. When they contact the skin, they cause resonances of a certain wavelength.

You will feel your skin vibrate. This pulls together the folds of the skin, evening them out. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you will likely experience a warm sensation during the treatment, but no pain. The response to the vibration and heating is the tightening of the skin.

Painlessly, the skin tightens, leading to more youthful, glowing skin.

What Are The Side-Effects of Radio Frequency Skin Tightening?

It is common to experience some redness and swelling in the treated area after an RF treatment. These symptoms will fade as your skin adjusts back to normal over the course of the 24-48 hours after the treatment.

Misting your face with cold water will help minimize the inflammation, although you need to ensure that only clean water is used. With regular treatment, the facial skin is gradually renewed.

Try Skin Tightening With Radio Frequency To Reduce Cellulite

As a result of the one-of-a-kind nature of the skin's reaction to the radio waves, this treatment can not only be used to treat wrinkles, but also to target cellulite fat pockets.

The majority of people want to eliminate their cellulite fat pockets (generally appearing near the buttocks). Women tend to feel that their cellulite is especially unflattering when they wear shorts.

Did You Know You Could Reduce Cellulite Without Surgical Treatment?

By utilizing skin tightening with radio frequencies, plastic surgeons can target the fat in the upper legs without having the client go through surgical treatment.

Additionally, the waves will cause the skin to tighten while shedding fat, completely staying clear of the danger of sagging skin and also creases around the area of fat reduction.

Radio Frequency Skin Tightening At Home: Don’t Even Think About It!

Just remember that like other medical treatments, you should not attempt radio frequency skin tightening at home. Though it may be tempting to purchase a $30 kit and attempt these methods on your own, you should never, ever engage in a potentially harmful medical treatment without proper supervision and guidance.

Don’t risk permanent damage to your face with cheap, unauthorized radio frequency machines.

Plastic surgeons and their nurses have special training which allows them to properly use approved medical devices including lasers, heat, cold, suctioning, or injections.

You would never try injecting your own face with Botox - don’t risk permanent damage to your face with cheap, unauthorized radio frequency machines either. You just might end up burning the top layer of your skin or causing other harm.

One example of how professionals ensure a safe, effective procedure is through the use of cooling gels which shield the skin from direct contact with the RF waves and prevent harm to the top layer of skin while allowing penetration to the deeper layers.

If you’d like to know more about trying a skin tightening treatment with radio frequency, contact our office and let us help you decide whether that is the best option for your skin!

Although it might require multiple treatments to reach your goals, even one session of skin tightening with radio frequency will last you for years to come! Your wrinkles, fine lines, and other complexion flaws will be considerably minimized, getting you back on track to having flawless, glowing skin in no time!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.