Radio Frequency Face Lifting
Radio frequency (RF) face lifting and rejuvenation treatment uses low frequency radio waves to heat the skin and underlying tissues in a controlled manner without inflicting any damage to the epidermis. The RF device can perform fat sculpting (facial fat reduction) on the jowl, cheeks and under the chin, in addition to lifting, tightening and anti-aging, for a powerful face re-modelling effect without the scars, hardened tissue, downtime and complications associated with other, more invasive procedures. The waves can be delivered via monopolar mode, which treats an area larger than the size of the treatment head and penetrates about 20–30 millimeters. Alternatively, bipolar mode applies emitting and receiving electrodes to the skin, so the effect is limited to this small area. It penetrates less than the monopolar. Radio frequency non-surgical face lifting can be performed simultaneously with the lymphatic drainage, yielding two treatments at the same time for excellent anti-aging results.
What happens during the treatment?
Essentially, the aim is to heat the skin to a minimum of 40 degrees C, but not exceeding 44 degrees C, and maintain this temperature for 1–2 minutes. Firstly, the skin is cleansed and an oil based cream is applied to the skin to facilitate movement of the treatment head. The waves emitted carry heat and energy deep into the skin, which has a positive effect on the lymphatic and vascular systems by increasing the fluid flow through the cells. Heating in this area, without damaging the outer layers of the skin, causes microscopic changes to the tissues and collagen contraction, and promotes subsequent collagen re-modelling over the ensuing months. Remarkably, it improves deep blood circulation to give your skin a natural glow and enhance the skin’s luminosity. Having the opportunity to select the energy level, which suits you allows the therapist to direct treatment where it is needed. Pure RF energy alone is primarily used to treat skin laxity by facial tightening, and it is best suited to clients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid thirties to fifties. RF can be used with any skin complexion and is ideal for facial rejuvenation, reshaping and re-situating the facial musculature, raising the eyebrows and clearing the area around the eyes, improving wrinkles and fine lines. One of the major benefits of this system is that it stimulates the skin tissue to produce its own collagen, which starts during the treatment and continues for many months afterwards. This collagen production naturally tightens the surface skin as well as the underlying deep connective tissue.
Are there any contraindications?
Wearing a cardiac pacemaker (the RF can interfere with the mechanism)
Any metal close to the skin surface (for example, pins and plates in the zygomatic arch)
Connective tissue/muscle disorders
Bacterial infection or any skin disease
Any injectable or fillers within 72 hours
What should I do before and after the treatment?
Don’t peel or wax one week before treatment.
Don’t use any medications or creams, which decrease your skin sensitivity.
Don’t wear jewelery or anything made of metal during the treatment.
Don’t massage your face after the session.
How many treatments are recommended?
To gain maximum benefit we usually recommend that this procedure be repeated twice a month for a series of ten to twelve sessions initially. More treatments can then be scheduled every month or so to maintain the result.
Does it have any side effects?
The only side effects of the procedure are minor irritation and swelling for a few hours.