One of the unfortunate side-effects of aging is sagging skin. Sometimes, this sagging skin contributes to looking tired; for example, if our eyebrows are hanging lower, and our eyelids are drooping, we end up with a tired, older looking face. In the past, people often opted to have surgical face lifts to help lift the sagging skin and tighten up the face. Surgical face lift procedures are not without side-effects. A simple search of the internet will produce many face-lift procedures gone awry – either the skin is tightened too much and the face ends up looking too tight and pinched, or the symmetry of the face is messed up (just type “bad face lifts” into your search engine).
Those who desire tighter skin, but do not want to achieve it through surgery, may opt for Radio frequency (RF) energy treatment. RF energy treatment is a non-surgical tightening of the early signs of loose for sagging skin. It is ideal for people who don’t want the surgical procedure and may not believe they are old enough to start getting the traditional, surgical-face lift.
Radio frequency treatments are best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues and the age range for those treated tends to be middle thirties to fifties. People of any skin color are suited for the treatment. The common areas of the forehead, under eyes, cheeks, jaw line, and neck are often treated.
Does Radio frequency work to improve the skin tightness?
Based on current technologies, most people who have undergone this procedure have seen a mild improvement to their skin tightness. Non-Surgical skin tightening was, in fact, the ninth most common non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the USA in 2013.
How does Radio frequency skin tightening work?
The RF energy is delivered to the deep part of your dermis (skin) and sub-dermal layers of the skin. The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) is protected. Heating the lower layers of the skin, without causing damage to the outer skin layers, causes microscopic changes to the tissues and collagen contraction. Collagen remodeling continues over the months following the treatment. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will feel tighter, with more improvement gradually over the months following treatment.
RF treatment is also often used for hair removal, photo rejuvenation, pigment and vascular problems, acne treatment, and cellulite treatment.
Is there down-time after the RF treatment?
Most people only experience a mild skin redness similar to a sunburn. This should disappear rather quickly. Many people return to work and normal activities right after treatment. You can use skin soothing lotions or creams as needed.
How much does radio frequency treatment cost?
Cost varies among providers, areas you live, and the type of equipment used. A rough estimate would be around $2500 and up.
How long will my tight skin results last?
Patients have found that results usually last up to a couple fo years.
How many radio frequency treatments will I require to achieve tighter skin?
People have reported that a single treatment was enough to produce results. However, your radio frequency treatment provider will be able to prescribe the number of treatments that will work best for your specific skin and facial laxity conditions.
Can I do my on RF Treatment at home?
While you certainly can’t get the type of equipment used by licensed medical professionals, there are some smaller, affordable devices that claim to tighten the skin. The home devices certainly are not as powerful as the ones you would have access to in a clinic so it would take more treatments than visiting a doctor’s office. Below are two tools that have received positive feedback from customers who have purchased and tested the products. Overall, customers found that these products produced positive skin tightening results over a number of regular uses.