RF – Radio Frequency Treatment
What is Radio Frequency Treatment?
Radio Frequency Treatment is a non-invasive treatment which uses radio waves directed through a probe head which is rested onto the skin. The radio waves are an energy, directed at the skin to produce a heating effect. Radio Frequency Treatment has been used for many decades for a variety of medical applications.
How does Radio Frequency Treatment work?
The beam of Radio Frequency will target deeper layers of skin, heating them up. This creates stimulation of the skin and in particular, the collagen, a substance which gives elasticity to the skin. The radio frequencies cause water molecules in the deeper layers of skin to vibrate. This in turn creates friction which causes the heating effect. When heat is applied to collagen fibres, they shrink and tighten up, and over time following the treatment, new collagen also forms. Whilst the deeper skin layers are being heated, the doctor will cool down the top layers of skin.
What will it achieve?
The treatment can be used on any part of the body to tighten any loose and sagging skin. It is also suitable for any age group. After treatment the skin contours more to the body as it has tightened up and it will also become rejuvenated, being younger and fresher in appearance. It is effectively used on areas of the face and neck, the breasts and tummy, and upper arms and thighs. But it can be used on any part of the body that requires the skin to be firmed. It is an appropriate treatment for the face because the ageing process sees a reduction in the amount of fat, particularly on the cheeks. Instead of plumping out the tissues (the outcome of filler treatments), it simply aims to tighten up the sagging skin in areas such as the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and jowls.
What about after the Treatment?
The great news is that there is no recovery time, no healing scars, no anaesthetic required and little or no pain during or after the treatment. All that may be noticed is a slight reddening of the skin for about one day. The collagen tightening occurs at the actual time of treatment but new collagen is also stimulated to form over time after the treatment.
The treatment is quite lasting and many people find that it is effective for around two years, depending on individual ageing processes. To be effective, most doctors will advise six to eight sessions of treatment, with each treatment lasting up to three quarters of an hour. There may be additional follow up treatments. The treatment should be viewed as something that will deliver steady improvements rather than an immediate solution.