In Singapore, you’ll find a plethora of facials and aesthetic procedures to help women achieve their skin goals. In recent years, radiofrequency has become an increasingly popular treatment for skin tightening, as well as softening fine lines while firming the facial contours instantly.
WHAT IS RADIOFREQUENCY?
Radiofrequency is the transfer of a type of energy that is measured in “frequency” or wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum, also commonly found in low levels in our cell phone, television, WIFI, etc. This technology has since been widely used for non-invasive skin tightening facials, also popularly known as the non-surgical facelift.
When comparing it to visible light, RF energy is about 100 million times slower, but when compared to lasers, the lower frequency of RF can safely penetrate to a much deeper level, stimulating the soft tissues from under the skin to improve skin tone, structure, and lift tissues.
Thermage is a well-known brand that uses monopolar radiofrequency technology to deliver heat to the deeper dermis to smooth out lines and wrinkles, tighten saggy skin and encourage facial rejuvenation. The latest Thermage FLX however, is the gold standard for tightening and contouring the skin, rebuilding the loss of elasticity in a much deeper, faster, more efficient and comfortable way.
HOW DOES RADIOFREQUENCY WORK?
Radiofrequency facial rejuvenation treatments work by using heat to induce collagen and elastin production in skin’s deeper layers and encourage cell turnover with instant visible results. Thermage treatments are all about focusing that radiofrequency energy into specific areas to jump start the body’s own renewal process. By heating the deep layers of the skin, collagen fibres contract, hence improving the appearance of sagging skin instantly, leaving you with skin that looks smoother, firmer, more radiant and youthful.
Thermage FLX works the same way, with each pulse of the machine delivering RF energy to the area to be treated, but its heat penetrating much deeper into the skin with superior results, efficiently restoring skin’s building blocks - producing new collagen for an overall younger looking appearance.
WHAT CAN RADIOFREQUENCY DO FOR YOU?
Radiofrequency is widely used for the treatment and improvement of lines and wrinkles (especially the nose to mouth aka laugh lines), laxity in skin (usually through lifting of cheeks and tightening the jawline), stretch marks as well as rejuvenate dull and tired looking skin. RF can be used for both the face and the body (tummy or thighs).
The main difference between using laser or LED treatments and RF is that though they all use heat energy to stimulate collagen and elastin production, the heat energy is electrical for the latter rather than light based. Unlike other non-surgical cosmetic facelift treatments that solely stimulate the facial muscles, the benefit of using RF is that you will continue to see results even after you have completed your treatment course as RF triggers the skin’s own natural healing abilities to continuously stimulate collagen and elastin production. Furthermore, it can also safely treat different skin tones without risk of permanent discoloration.
PROCEDURE AND TREATMENT
The therapist will cleanse your face prior to your treatment. Following that, when face is prepped, a handheld device emitting radiofrequency will be directed over the treatment site multiple times. During treatment, you will experience a comfortably warm sensation as skin is being heated up to between 38 to 40 degrees for optimum results. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to treat a whole face.
For optimum results, a course of six to 12 sessions will be recommended spread over several months.
Radiofrequency skin treatments may also be recommended by your healthcare professional to be used along with injectables, microneedling and other minimally invasive treatments.
RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
There is very little risk as radiofrequency skin tightening treatments are controlled if under the hands of experienced therapist or doctor, who will monitor the machine closely to prevent overheating. Take time and be careful in choosing a reputable clinic or medical practitioner as you would for all the aesthetic procedures as RF carries the risk of burns from the thermal heating effect if the procedure is not performed correctly.
There are some known side effects which are typically minimal and short-lived. Some patients may also experience post-treatment redness, swelling, and tingling sensations which tend to be mild and temporary. As RF is a non-surgical and mostly safe treatment when administered by a trained therapist or medical practitioner, you can head back to work or resume normal everyday activity right after a RF facial. However, be sure to let your therapist or doctor know if you have very sensitive skin that is prone to heat or post-treatment tingling, redness or swelling.
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