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Radiofrequency 101: All You Should Know About RF Skin Tightening


Gone are the days of skin tightening only being possible with surgery, thanks to advanced non-surgical technologies—including radiofrequency. These oscillations of energy can treat anything from mild back pain to sagging skin, and patients everywhere are loving having a minimally invasive way to firm up their skin.

How much do you know about this impressive new technology? The Aesthetic Channel rounded up all the details on these exciting devices and what they can do for you. Read on to get the 411 on radiofrequency.

How does radiofrequency skin tightening work?

When your skin is exposed to targeted heat in the form of radiofrequency (RF), it accelerates the production of collagen—which is the main structural protein in your skin and connective tissue.

Think of collagen as the ultimate anti-aging formula: it helps support the skin, making it firm and supple. As we age, collagen reserves naturally decline, resulting in less firmness. Conversely, increasing collagen production creates tighter, more youthful skin.

Radiofrequency can be delivered in a variety of ways, though it is most often administered via a handheld device that is placed over the skin to target mild laxity and sagging. It can also be administered by making a small incision and inserting a probe to target deeper skin layers and fat cells.

Radiofrequency can be used to treat a variety of your beauty needs

From typical signs of aging like sagging or wrinkles to damaged skin, vaginal laxity, and more, radiofrequency can effectively treat a variety of concerns.

  • Vaginal laxity and incontinence: Childbearing, aging, and genetics all contribute to laxity in the vulvovaginal region, but thanks to RF treatments like ThermiVa®, women can address these issues without invasive measures or downtime.
  • Sagging skin and fat bulges: Patients can reduce sagging skin, small pockets of localized fat, and the appearance of wrinkles with ThermiTight®. This minimally invasive treatment addresses aging by delivering RF energy to areas of the face and body. While it can’t tighten sagging skin as much as a full surgical lifting procedure would, it offers the advantage of much less downtime.
  • Cellulite: Successfully treating cellulite can be tricky, but Thermi250® can help smooth and tighten these stubborn dimples.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles: ThermiSmooth® technology can reduce facial wrinkles, improve the appearance of fine lines, and stimulate collagen production to reduce minor sagging. The handheld device is designed to deliver RF waves to delicate areas of the face, including the eyes and mouth.

…Speaking with a professional

While RF treatments sound like magic, that doesn’t mean just anyone can administer them effectively. To get attractive results, it’s crucial to work with a trained provider who is operating under physician supervision. You should also make sure whomever you choose has extensive experience in treating concerns like your own with RF technology; ask to see results from their own patients.

If you’re on the search for skin tightening in Washington, DC, look no further. Our board certified plastic surgeons and highly trained aestheticians have been using Thermi radiofrequency technology for many years—and we have many happy patients who love their results. If you have any questions, contact our practice today. We would be happy to help steer you in the right direction during a free consultation.

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