Radio frequency (RF) is a skin tightening technique. It uses RF energy to heat up the tissues and stimulate the subdermal collagen production to help in reducing the appearance of fine lines and loose skin. This technique induces tissue remodelling and helps in the production of new collagen and elastin. Radiofrequency (RF) treatment is a non-surgical procedure helps in reshaping the face and body. It is a sophisticated device which is specifically designed to treat women and men’s skin condition associated with aging like wrinkles, cellulite or excess fatty tissues.

What does radio frequency do?

Radiofrequency (RF) treatment is a non-surgical tightening loose and sagging skin. This is an ideal treatment for people who believe in looking good at all ages and are always looking for ways to look young and vibrant.

For patients between the age brackets of 30-50, with a mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues and any skin colour the pure RF energy alone like the Accent™ & Pelleve™Thermage™ and Tripollar™ devices may primarily be used to treat skin laxity by facial tightening.

This treatment is used to treat the neck, forehead, under eyes, jaw, cheeks, and mid- face area. The results of this procedure are good and patients see a mild improvement in the skin tightness that too with minimal risks and very little downtime as compared surgery. The cost of the radiofrequency treatment depend on the area being treated and also the device used.


A thorough cleaning of the face is done before treatment, in order to remove any signs of makeup and also skin oils which may interfere with the application of the RF treatment. To help numb the area, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin before the treatment commences. This is usually then removed with the help of alcohol before the treatment starts. Usually a treatment grid ink transfer is then applied over the face to assist in navigating the face while delivering the RF energy. This helps to ensure an even application of the RF treatment and also to prevent unintentional overlapping of the treatment on one area.

Depending on the device that is being used you may then be fitted with a self- adhesive ,single-use return pad attached to your back or stomach to ground you; usually with a monopolar devices.

After that a coupling gel is also applied over your face, this is important as it acts as an additional barrier between the hand piece of the device and the surface layers of your skin.

The doctor then starts the RF treatment working across the face. After it is completed a soothing lotion or a gel is applied to your skin.

Repeat Procedures:

Right after the treatment, the skin will usually feel tighter. Over the next few months you after the treatment you will continue to see more improvements gradually.

Results usually last up to a couple of years. A single treatment may be enough to produce results in some patients while using the Thermage device. However it depends from person to person and the doctor will be able to determine as the treatment progress whether more sessions are required.


How long will it take to recover from Radiofrequency treatment?

In Some people a mild redness, like a sunburn, may appear immediately after the treatment but it usually disappears quickly. Most patients can get back to work and to their normal activities almost immediately after treatment.

The doctor may advise you to use certain creams, soothing lotions or gels to apply on the treated area.

What are the risks and potential complications from Radiofrequency treatment?

The most commonly reported side effects of the treatment are redness, swelling, blisters and bumps on or around the treated area, but this will disappear in a few days or weeks.

But a more serious potential complications from the RF treatment is a depression. This is usually attributed to the overheating of the underlying tissues which causes fat atrophy or excessive tightening of the skin, giving it a sunken appearance in the treated area.

This also depends on the device that is being used. It appears to be only reported with the Thermacool™ system. It is also considered that there may be a connection between the occurrence of these depressions and the frequency levels of the treatment being given is above the manufacturer’s guidelines. That is why it is important that you ensure that your doctor is sufficiently trained and also certified to perform the RF treatment.

How painful is the RF Treatment?

People differ from each other and so does their pain tolerance level. It is usually quite difficult to measure how comfortable or painful the treatment can be. It depends on the device being used and also the power settings for the treatment.

Your doctor may advise an anaesthetic options, like a topical anaesthetic cream prior to treatment, or even a relaxants and some pain management drugs to help minimize the discomfort.



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