Radio Frequency (RF) Skin Tightening is a system whereby radio waves are generated and passed through the skin. In the deep skin layers where fat is stored, the waves are changed to heat energy. The effect is to instantly shrink and tighten the collagen in these layers, with new collagen production even being produced over time.

The heat energy during the treatment also breaks down fibrous tissue, activates the body’s draining system (the lymphatics) and increases the circulation to the area being treated. Together, all these effects play a role in reducing the appearance of cellulite tighter and rejuvenated skin.

RF treatment is ideal for tightening loose skin on the face and neck that develops as a result of aging or following weight loss. Similarly, loose skin and cellulite on the abdomen thighs, buttocks and arms can also be effectively treated.

Treatments last between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. As the procedure helps the skin tissue to regenerate itself, the best results are obtained if a series of treatments are done as opposed to just one. Two to four sessions are usually recommended for the face at two to four week intervals, whereas 6-10 sessions are planned for the body, usually at one to two week intervals.

Due to the immediate collagen tightening, you may already feel a firming or tightening sensation after one treatment, especially on the face. However, because of the constant restructuring of the skin, the full effect will not usually be seen for two months. Following a course of treatment, results are expected to last up to two years, so long as a healthy lifestyle is adhered to.

During the treatment, the feeling is that of moderate warmth on the surface of the skin. This is due to the fact that collagen shortening only occurs at around 40 deg C. The tip of the delivering handpiece is automatically chilled, and continuous cooling with gel minimizes discomfort during the procedure.

Side effects which may be noted are; swelling (oedema) and redness (erythema) after the treatment; these disappear in a few hours. It is recommended to apply a cooling gel (and sunblock in exposed areas) for at least forty-eight hours after treatment.

As with most other body contouring procedures, Radiofrequency will not work effectively on individuals with a high BMI. The treatment is not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding females, people who have pacemakers or metal plates/pins in the area to be treated or permanent facial/body implants. Heart disease and some diseases of muscle and connective tissue are also contraindications.