Falling under the category of photorejuvenation, radio frequency (RF) skin tightening is a facial rejuvenation technique. Using RF energy, this treatment works by heating the skin tissue and encouraging collagen production. This results in a more youthful appearance, tighter skin, and an increase in elasticity. People seek out these kinds of treatments in their 30s, as collagen production decreases around this time.
RF skin tightening treatments typically take 30-45 minutes, and most people require anywhere between eight and 12 to achieve the results they’re looking for. These devices are able to effectively reach deep layers of the skin by using a different number of electrodes for each person.
Most people prefer different methods to achieve the same results as the radiation of high-energy RF can cause a significant amount of pain. There is also a high risk of side effects if the technique isn’t mastered, including scarring, dents, and an uneven skin surface.
A popular alternative to this procedure is laser facial rejuvenation. Using fractional lasers, damaged skin cells are targeted, and tiny wounds invisible to the eye are created without damaging the skin’s surface. These wounds encourage the surrounding skin cells to heal, increasing collagen production. This is what refreshes the skin’s elasticity and youthful appearance. Treatments are far faster than RF skin tightening treatments, taking just 20 minutes on average, and only a few treatments are required, depending on the degree of loose skin.