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What To Expect From Your Radio Frequency (RF) Skin Tightening Treatment (Guide For First-Timers)

What To Expect From Your Radio Frequency (RF) Skin Tightening Treatment (Guide For First-Timers)

The collagen in our skin is responsible for keeping it firm and lifted. However, as we age, the collagen in our skin gradually begins to deteriorate. This is part of aging signs that are most commonly seen that resulted in formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

In order to target this, a number of treatments have been introduced over the years, which may include invasive options like skin surgery or non-invasive options like RF Therapy and laser treatment. 

What Is Radio Frequency RF Therapy?

Widely known in Singapore for its skin-tightening effects, RF Therapy is clinically proven for its effective results. With age, your skin starts to sag and loosen due to the breakdown of collagen with time. RF Therapy treatment utilizes heat energy to target both the face and body, promoting increased firmness and enhancing the overall look by reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. This is because the radiofrequency heat energy serves to stimulate the production of collagen.

The radiofrequency energy also affects the connective tissue layer, which causes its contraction resulting in tightening the skin. With the stimulation of new collagen, your skin gradually improves over the next 6 months.

Who Is A Good Candidate For RF Therapy Treatment?

RF Therapy Treatment is generally suitable for individuals – both men and women – who want to achieve a more youthful appearance with rejuvenated facial contours. It’s a non-invasive procedure making it the preferred choice for those who don’t want to go under surgical option to achieve more youthful looks. Ensuring relatively less downtime, pain, and discomfort, RF Therapy Treatment is well-suited for individuals who wish to resume their regular activities shortly after undergoing the procedure.

Ideal candidates for RF Therapy Treatment in Singapore:

  • 30 to 65 years of age
  • Experiencing early symptoms such as facial laxity and sagging
  • Experiencing sagging of the brow, neck, or eyelid area
  • Facing looseness in the jowl or cheek areas
  • Not a candidate for surgical facelifts

RF Therapy Treatment may also be a considered treatment option for people who have previously undergone facelifts. It can help them with maintaining the results of previous facelift procedures.  

What Happens During The RF Treatment Procedure?

During the RF treatment, the patient feels a momentary sensation of heat, especially when the RF Therapy is pulsed. Moreover, when the RF Therapy tip touches the patient’s skin, they will feel a brief cooling sensation, followed by a heating sensation. 

After the treatment, you may experience some redness on your skin. Some common temporary side effects are swelling, soreness, and bumps. These side effects tend to last less than a week. There is no special care you need to take after the procedure. As soon as you are done, you can go back to your regular activities.

RF Therapy treatment is versatile and can be applied to any body region with thin or loose skin that requires lifting and tightening. This procedure is applicable to various areas such as the entire face, neck, abdomen, arms, knees, buttocks, and thighs.

How Does RF Therapy Treatment Work For Skin Tightening?

RF Therapy treatment uses radiofrequency technology to heat the deep, collagen-rich layers of the skin, while the tip vibrates and cools the surface to help aid in patient comfort. The applied heat separates the water molecules from the fibrous collagen, causing an immediate contraction, resulting in skin tightening.

Why Is RF Therapy Treatment The Favored Option For Addressing Sagging Skin?

Unlike more invasive procedures like surgery, RF Therapy treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive, making it a preferred choice for those seeking skin tightening without the associated downtime or risks of surgery.

Non-Surgical Procedure

Most of the face-lifting procedures in practice today are surgical in nature. They usually require incisions to lift the skin so it can be laid more tightly after trimming away anything in excess. This may also lead to scarring and an increased risk of complications at the incision site.

On the contrary, RF Therapy Treatment is non-surgical and involves very little downtime while producing long-lasting results. 

Lack Of Downtime

Individuals undergoing RF Therapy treatment generally do not require a downtime, and can get back to work or continue their day as planned.

Does Not Require Multiple Sessions

In many cases, a single RF Therapy treatment session is sufficient to achieve noticeable results. However, some individuals may opt for additional session to enhance or prolong the effects. 

Safe And Effective

Multiple studies have shown RF Therapy treatment is generally considered a safe and effective non-invasive cosmetic procedure for skin tightening and contouring.  It has also been approved by the FDA in 2001.

What To Expect After The RF Therapy Treatment?

Once the procedure is completed, the patient is allowed to go home. While there are no side effects in the majority of individuals, some individuals may experience mild redness and bumps in the area of the skin that was treated. However, this is considered a normal part of healing and resolves independently.

Over time, as the collagen builds up in the skin, the individual will continue to experience a gradual lifting and firmness of the skin. 

Post-Operative Care

The doctor may also give postoperative care instructions to ensure complication-free healing. This includes regular application of sunscreen while going out to protect the skin from sun damage. 

How Long Do The Results Of RF Therapy Last?

While the results take two to six months, optimal outcomes and effects may last for several more months and up to a year before you need to repeat the RF Therapy treatment. However, this may be more or less depending on a number of factors.

Your skin continues to modulate and change with time. It gets affected not only by the environment but also predominantly by the process of aging. The treatment outcomes of RF Therapy on your skin are noticeable yet not permanent. How long the results would last vary from one person to the next. This differs depending on the aging process’s speed, severity, and environmental conditions.

Is RF Therapy Painful Treatment?

RF Therapy treatment gives you a sensation of simultaneous heat and cold on your skin. This may generate some discomfort; however, it is generally tolerable. Some of the body areas are more receptive to sensations and may produce a pinching sensation.

The use of vibrations can also help to reduce discomfort. However, your doctor may also recommend painkillers like Paracetamol to make the entire experience more comfortable.

Where Should I Go For RF Therapy Treatment in Singapore?

While the expected outcomes of RF Therapy treatment may seem quite appealing, the efficacy of results greatly depends on your chosen clinic and practitioner. It is important to choose a practitioner who is well experience of the procedure. This will ensure the best possible outcomes and keep the likelihood of any complications minimal. It is important to get a consultation and clinical assessment to understand if you are the right candidate for RF Therapy treatment.