Who doesn’t like the idea of having healthy, luminous, plump, and energized skin? We all do. So if you want a smooth and youthful complexion, it’s time to combine your diligent skincare routine with facial radiofrequency (RF). Radiofrequency therapy has established itself as one of the most effective in improving skin firmness and reducing wrinkles. Let’s break everything down from the very basics.
What is facial radiofrequency?
Facial radiofrequency is a method consisting of applying high-frequency electromagnetic waves on the face to treat different layers of the skin. Thus, these electromagnetic waves or radiations — which oscillate simultaneously in the electric and magnetic fields — penetrate into the deepest layers of the dermis. Facial radiofrequency is a painless and non-invasive treatment that works on the skin from the inside out by increasing the temperature of the tissues. The heat received by the fibroblasts helps increase collagen production, boosts blood flow, mobilizes and dissolves fat, and facilitates lymphatic drainage.
What are the benefits of facial radiofrequency?
Since it works on our skin from its deepest layers, the effects and results of facial radiofrequency come early and are long-lasting. First of all, facial radiofrequency increases collagen production, so the skin becomes more flexible and resistant. It also improves the overall skins’ appearance thanks to enhanced cellular metabolism and blood flow, as well as better cell oxygenation, hence energized skin. Radiofrequency is often used for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction, but it may also help reduce acne scars, eczema, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation.
Another benefit of facial radiofrequency is that it increases skin absorption power. In other words, anything you layer on the skin after radiofrequency works more effectively. Since it makes your skin thirsty, it’s best to use hydrating and restorative ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and ceramide after your radiofrequency facial.
How is radiofrequency performed?
It depends on what you want. You can go to a professional, or you can try radiofrequency therapy at home. Yes, you’ve heard that right. Radiofrequency is no longer just available in salons but at home too — thanks to some high-tech devices.
At home RF skin tightening devices
If you want a less resources-consuming option, go for a radiofrequency skin tightening device for home use. It won’t be the same experience, and the effects won’t be as dramatic, but hey, you can do it at home, whenever you want. Because these machines work at significantly less power than professional devices, they need to be used more frequently and will not provide the same results as a salon treatment in such a short time.
Some devices require daily use, while others weekly, and the results are usually noticed after one to two months. On the bright side, many RF machines have been cleared by the FDA as being safe and effective for home use. For example, one study evaluated Silk’n Home Skin Tightening Device as a safe and effective in-home noninvasive system to improve the appearance of age-related wrinkles.
No recovery time, no pain, minimal side effects, and research-backed anti-aging properties — something you can’t refuse.
Radiofrequency therapy side effects
Since radiofrequency is a non-invasive technique, side effects are very rare and are usually reduced to a slight reddening of the skin that disappears in a couple of hours. During the process, which takes place in the inner layers of the skin, the surface of the epidermis does not suffer any damage or discomfort. In addition, the radiofrequency machines have a cooling system that allows the device to reach very high temperatures. Worst case scenario, RF can cause burns, but this is a very rare possibility that you can avoid by putting yourself in the hands of a great product.
Pros of facial radiofrequency
- Radiofrequency is a very affordable treatment. Although it depends on the device used and/or the clinic you go to, the quality-price ratio is optimal.
- It can be combined with any other treatment, such as botox or collagen injections, for example.
- The results are immediate, without the need for recovery.
Cons of facial radiofrequency
But, like any other treatment, radiofrequency has some drawbacks.
- It’s an effective method when it comes to moderate cases. However, it’s not as effective when wrinkles and expression lines are very deep.
- Although the results are immediate and, if performed regularly, can last over time, they are not permanent. Thus, if you want to maintain the effects of facial radiofrequency, you should undergo continuous sessions.