Radio frequency (RF) skin rejuvenation is considered one of the biggest breakthroughs for the anti-aging market. This procedure works differently from other laser technologies by penetrating deeper into the skin to make improvements to surface wrinkles. Skin rejuvenation using RF technology is used to the tighten skin, to weaken deep wrinkles and facial lines, and to smoothen the skin’s surface. RF skin tightening is commonly used to treat the forehead, under the eyes, the mid-face and neck. It is appropriate for individuals between the ages of 30-50 and is suitable for most skin types and colors.
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RF skin rejuvenation uses controlled heat to target underlying skin tissues to help with collagen production. The doctor will use a machine, which generates the sound waves, and guides it over the marked areas. Numbing creams and coupling gel may be applied to act as another layer of protection for the skin surface. In some cases, a cold blast or cooling gel is applied to the patient’s skin to ease any discomfort. This treatment is most effective with skin irregularities such as wrinkles, stretch marks or cellulite on areas of the face, neck, tummy, arms, legs and buttocks.
What To Expect
RF skin treatment sessions may be uncomfortable for the patient because of the heating sensation. Pain is limited, and some machines have built-in cooling sprays to ease any discomfort. Some redness and swelling may appear on the treated area which will subside after a few weeks. Tightening sensations may be felt right immediately after the treatment, and will progress as the weeks pass to result in smoother and more supple skin. The positive effects can last for 2 years or longer. It is important for the patient to follow the post-treatment care prescribed by the surgeon.
The average price for a treatment ranges from $500 for smaller areas and $5,000 for full sectional areas such as the face, stomach, or thighs. Treatments can be staged in single or multiple sessions, depending on the extent of the patient’s cosmetic issues. Insurance companies rarely cover cosmetic treatments; however, third-party financing options may be available.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,200 - $3,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
RF Skin Rejuvenation FAQs
Who Is It For?
Those who have skin irregularities, such as wrinkles, stretchmarks or cellulite, and are looking for non-surgical cosmetic treatments may be good candidates for an RF skin rejuvenation treatment. Generally, it is a safe approach with no downtime and minimal risks. If the skin shows signs of laxity, it is understood that there is a significant loss of collagen or fat tissues which help keep the skin tight. RF rejuvenation helps reproduce these substances to bring back the skin’s youthful shape.
The results may be long term since the treatment is not superficially limited and multiplies collagen. The improved skin can last up to 2 years. It is important for the patient to understand before undergoing the procedure that this treatment does not stop the skin’s aging. There are cases in which an RF treatment is repeated when the patient or doctor deems it necessary.
Single or Multiple Sessions?
It depends. The number of treatments is proportional to the extent of the skin condition. For a full regional treatment of the face, it may take a minimum of 4 treatments spaced out for several weeks. For larger areas, it may take up to 15 sessions. There are also cases when patients undergo regularly scheduled treatments for long-term results.
Is A Lift Better?
A lift is an invasive procedure in which excess skin is excised and the cut is sutured up. This may be the best approach for excessive sagging because an RF treatment may not be able to fully correct sagging skin. The RF approach is beneficial for those who have mild to moderate cases of wrinkles or creases. In some cases, the doctor may recommend RF prior to a lift to stimulate collagen, which will also help the healing process once the patient undergoes surgery.