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RF Skin Tightening

Radio frequency skin tightening is a non surgical a way of contouring and tissue tightening of the body to rejuvenate the skin. This is done using laser energy or radio Frequency energies just enough to stimulate good tightening of tissues. Through the laser light delivery to the skin, there is an associated up regulation to the dermal collagen of the skin. It converts light to heat in your tissues thus repairing cells of your skin. This occurs either via water and collagen absorption of the light energy causing thermal effect on the dermis or through production of growth factors and cellular mediators as a result of light energy interacting with the hemoglobin and melanin within the skin.

Radio frequency energy uses the tissues resistance within the various layers of the skin to transform the Radio Frequency energy given to the skin into thermal energy. For successful transfer of Radio Frequency energy into thermal energy, a number of factors have to be considered.

They include:

  • Size and depth of the tissue being treated.
  • Tissue impedance of the skin being treated.
  • Multiple treatments are usually needed for best results. It also does not give same results as a facelift or body tuck procedure.

Compared to other skin tightening treatments, the major difference for light and Radio Frequency energy is that tissue damaged and epidermal melanin damage are minimized since it produces an electrical current instead of a light source. With this knowledge, Radio Frequency energies can be used for patients of all skin type since it allows for different depths of penetration based on what is to be treated, allowing for ultimate collagen contraction and production of new collagen.

There are various medical devices currently being utilized in Radio Frequency therapy for skin tightening.

They include:

  • Thermage devices– They uses monopolar Radio Frequency energy which runs from the treatment tip through the skin to a grounding pad on a distant part of the skin
  • Accent XL- This device has a monopolar treatment head known as a unipolar device which has a grounding plate within the treatment head. This means the no disposable tips to this device compared to the disposable Thermal tip.

Other treatment tips have since been developed, including a bipolar treatment tip, a cellulite massaging tip and a small unipolar eye tip for use around the eyes.

Benefits of Radio Frequency Skin Tightening

  • Minimal discomfort
  • Minimal risk of change in skin
  • Rare downtime
  • May be used for all skin types
  • No surgery required
  • A non-invasive technique that can tighten facial or body skin.

Radio Frequency also has a number of mild complications which include:

  • Skin may be red in the treated area for a few hours
  • Rare loss of volume beneath in treatment areas
  • Small burns

 Radio Frequency is a very effective way of skin tightening since its less painful and one is able to resume full activity immediately as compared to other surgical skin tightening procedures.

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