The field of body contouring and tissue tightening has grown very rapidly over the past several years, with many new devices appearing on the market that utilize radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten and rejuvenate the skin.
What originally began with a single monopolar RF device has progressed into a world in which there are skin-tightening devices that utilize, besides monopolar RF energy, bipolar energy and tripolar energy, and newer machines that boast five and eight poles of RF energy. Each of these devices claims to have positive effects on the skin, which can lead to tissue tightening and ultimate rejuvenation of the skin.
How Does it Work?
Radiofrequency energy uses the tissue’s resistance within the various layers of the skin to transform the RF energy given to the skin into heat energy. If the heat produced is sufficient, there will be an immediate, albeit temporary, tightening of the tissue caused by contraction of the collagen fibres. The heat causes controlled injury that initiates a healing response and new collagen is formed. Machines have become far more sophisticated over time providing more precise, less painful and safer treatments. All RF treatments require the treatment area to be covered in sections and the tissues to be heated and held at temperature for several minutes, using moving hand pieces and a lubricant.
What is it Used to Treat?
- Lines and wrinkles where skin laxity is the cause
- Skin laxity
- Body contouring
- Acne scarring
- Stretch marks
After the Treatment
Immediately after the treatment the skin may be slightly warm,red and there may be a little swelling.
Am I suitable for Treatment?
There are a number of medical conditions and or medicines that may affect the decision to treat or the treatment plan. A full medical history and assessment of your expectations is necessary in advance of any decision to treat.
- Not suitable for patients with a pacemaker or wired-in defibrillator
- Patients with bleeding disorders
- Patients with keloid scars
- Active infection on the treatment area
If, having had treatment, you are at all concerned about symptoms you were not expecting or not happy with, please contact the practitioner for advice. If necessary an appointment will be made for you to be seen.
Is it Safe?All treatments carry a degree of risk. All risks and complications will be discussed with you at consultation and prior to any treatment being agreed.
Generally, a safe treatment, side effects are limited to heat, redness and swelling.
How Long Will it Last?
There will be an immediate, but temporary improvement, results develop over time and a maintenance programme will be recommended by your clinician, depending on the device and indications.
Does it Hurt
There are a variety of Radiofrequency evices, comfort levels will depend upon which machine and Radiofrequency modality is used. Not all Radiofrequency devices are the same.
Before & After Pictures