WHAT IS RF (Radio Frequency)

Radio frequency (RF) skin tightening is a nonsurgical skin treatment to firm sagging skin. The procedure can give you a more youthful appearance.

How does radio frequency skin tightening work?

Radio frequency devices use safe levels of low-frequency electromagnetic waves to generate heat. This heat penetrates deep into your skin’s layers. There, it stimulates new skin cell production (regeneration). The treatment also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. These proteins give skin cells more strength and flexibility. As a result, sagging skin regains its firm shape and feel which can smooth wrinkles, tighten the skin and delay skin aging.

How long does radio frequency skin tightening take to work?

It takes time for your skin to produce new skin cells, collagen and elastin. You should see changes to your skin tone and appearance within two to six months. To get the desired results, your provider may recommend another treatment. Some people need two to six treatments.

Risks / Benefits

What are the benefits of radio frequency skin tightening?

Radio frequency skin tightening can give you the results of a facelift (rhytidectomy) without the need for surgery. Other benefits include:

  • Gradual, natural-looking skin changes.
  • Fast, relatively painless procedure.
  • Less expensive and invasive than cosmetic surgeries.
  • No peeling skin or scarring.
  • Speedy recovery with no missed work or activities.

What are the risks of radio frequency skin tightening?

Radio frequency skin tightening is a relatively safe procedure. You may have some mild redness and swelling (edema) after the procedure. These side effects should go away within 24 hours.

In rare instances, extreme heat from radio frequency treatments can cause burns

Who gets radio frequency (RF) skin tightening?

People who don’t want the extra expense, pain or recovery time of cosmetic surgeries may choose radio frequency skin tightening. The procedure:

  • Improves skin tone, texture and firmness.
  • Minimizes the appearance of sun damage.
  • Provides a more youthful appearance.
  • Reduces the effects of aging skin like wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin.

What does radio frequency (RF) skin tightening treat?

Healthcare providers use radio frequency skin tightening treatments for:

  • Body contouring.
  • Face, neck, arms and hands.
  • Vaginal rejuvenation.