Who doesn’t like the idea of having healthy, luminous, smooth, and always young skin? I know you do! But no matter how much we strive for flawless skin, we can’t keep wrinkles away forever without special care. Not to say about dullness, lack of suppleness, expression lines, and dark patches. If you are in your 40s, you should be familiar with them. Here, creams or serums won’t make a big difference, TBH. Yes, they might work and reduce some wrinkles there and there, but with age, skin becomes needier, and sometimes it needs more to stay tightened and firmed.
If you want a smooth and youthful complexion, it would be a wise call to combine your daily care routine with extra treatments that will allow you to show off the best version of your skin. Today, one of the most demanded rejuvenation techniques is facial radiofrequency (RF), which has established itself as one of the most effective in improving skin quality and reducing wrinkles. Wanna know what it consists of?
What is facial radiofrequency?
Facial radiofrequency is a procedure adapted from general medicine to aesthetic medicine that aims to care for the skin and improve its appearance. This method consists of applying high-frequency electromagnetic waves on the face to treat the different layers of our 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. Thanks to this and the heat received by the fibroblasts, radiofrequency increases collagen production, boosts blood flow, mobilizes and dissolves the fat, and facilitates lymphatic drainage. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Why is collagen so important? It’s the protein that forms the tissues’ fibers that, in turn, serve to support the skin and keep it smooth. With age and wisdom, plus the effect of external agents, the production of collagen decreases, something that radiofrequency can reverse with its collagen boosting effect.
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 oxygenation of the cells induced by RF. This type of therapy is often used for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction, but it may also help reduce acne scars, eczema, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation.
If you have ever undergone radiofrequency therapy, you may have noticed that the results can be seen almost immediately — thanks to the increased collagen levels. But the collagen production starts to decrease after 1 to 6 months if you don’t keep using RF. That’s why the results don’t last long. However, once you get the skin you want, you’ll no longer need to use radiofrequency regularly.
How is it performed?
It depends on what you want. You can go to a professional clinique, or you can try radiofrequency therapy at home. Yes, you heard that right! Radiofrequency is no longer just available in salons but at home too — thanks to some fancy high-tech devices. We’ll go back to that later.
If you take the traditional way, before undergoing this treatment, you should choose the esthetic center carefully. You have to make sure that you are putting yourself in the hands of qualified and experienced professionals. It’s not necessary for any care or treatment before radiofrequency. Go to the clinic with clean skin, and they’ll have your back from there. Before undergoing any medical or aesthetic treatment, it’s essential to be aware of whether it has side effects and which they are. But, fortunately, in the case of facial radiofrequency, and since it’s 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 since, in addition, the radiofrequency machines have a cooling system that allows the device to reach very high temperatures. Worst case, RF can cause burns, but this is a very remote possibility that you can avoid by putting yourself in the hands of a great product. You should also avoid exposure to heat sources and use sunscreen.
At home RF skin tightening devices
If you want a less resources-consuming option, go for a radiofrequency device for home use. It won’t be the same experience, and the effects may be less prominent, 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. Plus, many studies have been carried out on the role of radiofrequency in improving skin appearance, and while more evidence is needed to make a final call, the actual data shows promising results. 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. It’s recommended to use a conductive gel that allows smooth sliding and enhances the RF effects. Another benefit of facial radiofrequency is that it increases skin absorption power. In other words, anything you layer on your skin after you’ve done radiofrequency will work more effectively. Since it makes your skin your skin thirsty, it’s best to use hydrating and restorative ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or ceramide.
Pros and cons 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. You can go home the same day of treatment, and your routine will not be affected.
But, like any other treatment, radiofrequency has some drawbacks.
- It’s a very effective method when it comes to moderate cases. However, it will not be so effective when wrinkles and expression lines are very marked.
- 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 must undergo continuous sessions.
But, undoubtedly, one of the greatest advantages of facial radiofrequency is that it can be a good substitute for a facelift. And with it, you can tighten and rejuvenate your skin without the need for surgery, something you can not avoid in any way if you decide to undergo a facelift. Thus, it’s an excellent alternative for those who refuse a too invasive treatment.