Radio Frequency in anti-aging skincare
Radio frequency (RF) is a procedure commonly used for the treatment of skin laxity from an increase in tissue temperature. This is an anti-aging modality that produces a selective and controlled rise in tissue temperature from a high frequency alternating current (0.3 to 10 MHz). The rising of temperature and the depth of heating depend on the level of energy used and on the impedance of biological tissues. The goal is to induce thermal damage to thus stimulate neocollagenesis in deep layers of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. After a series of treatments, the facial skin in the treated areas appears more firm and tight.
The most popular form of radio frequency skin rejuvenation is Thermage.
Thermage treatments are all about energy – focusing radio frequency energy to kick start the body’s own natural renewal process. Like most smart technologies, the process is relatively simple – it’s a combination of heat energy to treat deep tissue, and cooling effects, to protect the skin surface and deliver better patient comfort. Thermage treatments are typically 45 minutes for eyes or face and up to 90 minutes for larger body areas.
Treatment begins with a cooling effect on the skin for comfort and safety of surface layers. A specially designed treatment tip is placed against the skin in targeted areas, then radio frequency energy penetrates deep into the skin’s tissue, heating the treatment areas and remodeling the collagen. At the end of the process, there is a final delivery of cryogen to cool the epidermis.
• Smoothing of wrinkly or uneven skin
• Better definition of facial features around the eyes, jaw and neckline
• Smoothing and toning of unsightly bulges, dimples and wrinkles on the face and body
Most patients begin to see benefits from this treatment after the first session, and typically three to six treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Production and strengthening of collagen in the skin, called collagenesis, is a gradual process, so smoothing and tightening changes become more apparent as time goes on, with full results achieved after three to six months and lasting one year or longer. Single maintenance treatments are recommended every nine to twelve months.