If you've lost weight and have some loose skin, or if your skin is sagging due to age, it's time to consider having a skin-tightening rejuvenation treatment done. A few options are available, such as laser treatments, infrared light therapy, and radiofrequency treatments.
Radiofrequency treatments are popular because they are effective and have no downtime, which makes them convenient to take. Here are things you might want to know about this skin rejuvenation treatment.
RF Skin Tightening Uses Heat But It's Not Painful
This type of skin rejuvenation treatment uses a machine that creates radiofrequency waves. The doctor or practitioner passes a wand over your body or face so the waves can penetrate your skin. The waves target the deeper layers of your skin without harming your surface skin.
The waves produce heat that can kill fat cells and stimulates your body to produce more elastin and collagen. You may feel warm from the treatment, but the procedure isn't painful. However, you might feel a little discomfort if you have sensitive skin.
Some Results Might Be Seen Right Away
You might see some results right after the treatment, but since it takes time for the fat cells to be absorbed and for collagen and elastin production to ramp up, it could be a few months until you see the end results. You should notice your skin gradually getting tighter as the weeks go by. You might need more than one treatment too, depending on the condition of your skin and the results you want.
Side Effects Are Mild
RF skin tightening is approved for treating wrinkles by the FDA. Side effects are usually mild if you have them. A burn like a sunburn might be possible, but usually, side effects include slight redness and swelling. There's no recovery time, and you go about your usual business when the treatment is over.
A Variety Of RF Treatments Are Available
There are a few brands of RF machines on the market and different ways of providing RF skin-tightening rejuvenation. Some methods involve slipping a small wand under your skin to tighten even deeper tissues, but most treatments are done on surface skin. Skin tightening can be done around your eyes, cheeks, mouth, chin, neck, upper arms, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, knees, and back.
Treatments May Need To Be Repeated Occasionally
Once your skin has tightened, it will still be affected by aging and gravity. Plus, if your weight fluctuates, your loose skin may start to come back. You may need to have RF skin tightening repeated every year or two depending on how your skin responds to the treatment.