Have you heard of Radiofrequency Treatments, RF before? Radiofrequency laser treatments are being used in medical procedures for almost 20 years. If you want to know more about what radiofrequency is and what different treatments are out there, keep reading.
If you are looking for a solution to treat sagging, wrinkly skin, fat abdomen or chronic back pain, keep reading as we are here to give you information about these procedures.
Disclaimer: Use this guide to learn about the procedure but do visit your doctor to take professional advice based on your medical history. It is an important step to keep in mind.
Now that its out of the way, let’s see what radiofrequency waves are.
What are Radiofrequency RF Waves?
Radiofrequency waves are a form of energy radiation. It is electromagnetic in nature and has been in medical use for quite a while. These are low energy radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum which can be handled easily to not cause any harmful effects when used on skin.
They are generally used in non-invasive treatments where waves target in layers of skin to treat certain areas of the body. Radiofrequency treatment has been around since 2001 and people have been benefitting from it.
How Does Treatment Works?
Radiofrequency waves are targeted to the body part in the need of treatment. The waves produce energy that can be used for different purposes depending upon the treatment.
This energy targets skin cells for skin tightening, fat reduction or pain reduction. You will know more details about these procedures as you read on.
Why is Radiofrequency Waves Important?
The basic principle of this procedure is to use the energy produced by radiofrequency waves in different ways. Medically, radiofrequency has been used for different treatments. Radiofrequency provides multiple benefits in different treatments which makes it unique and a beneficial medium.
Some different treatments that use radiofrequency are:
- Radiofrequency Skin Tightening
- RF Lipolysis
- Radiofrequency Ablation for arthritis or neck and back pain
RF Skin Tightening
This is quite a popular laser treatments nowadays mainly because it has been used and praised by many celebrities.
Another plus point is that it is non-invasive which means no pain and no cuts which can be a huge plus point for people who do not want any cuts in such a procedure. We see your point. Why not?
How Does RF Waves Help in Skin Tightening?
The energy produced by the action of RF waves in the dermis (inner layer of skin) heats up the skin cells. This heat makes the cells produce collagen and elastin. This treatment is different from surgical skin tightening.
Collagen and elastin are proteins in your body that maintain the youthful appearance of the skin on the face.
Collagen makes the skin smoother and younger-looking while elastin makes it flexible. These proteins are naturally produced by your cells but as you grow older, their production slows down.
This procedure, by heating up the cells, stimulates the production of collagen to get desired tightened and smoother skin. The treatment simply prompts the bodily mechanisms to produce more collagen.
There are different types of radiofrequency technologies available at hands of your professionals who make sure that you get the best treatment from the best equipment. Also, the recovery time is minimal as compared to surgical skin tightening.
Some different brands available are Thermi, Thermalift, Thermage, Exilis and Profound RF.
You should be able to ask your doctor what kind of product he is using and what are its characteristics.
Benefits of Radiofrequency RF Skin Tightening
Radiofrequency not only tightens the skin but also solves many skin issues. Following are its benefits:
- The laser treatments are non-invasive which means it is not painful.
- By tightening, it gets rid of any visible signs of aging on the skin of the face like wrinkles and lines on your face giving you a younger look.
- It also helps you counter any signs of damage from sun exposure like sunspots and make your skin clear.
- Collagen production can also produce an effect of body contouring. Collagen not only tightens sagging skin but also shapes it better. It can be used for any part of the body, but face contouring is quite popular.
- Among many other benefits, this procedure is quite quick and easy and requires no downtime.
There are not many side effects or risks associated with it if the doctor is qualified and professional to handle the equipment and procedure effectively.
However, the most common side effects you might notice are redness, swelling, and tingling in the area treated. But it subsides with time.
Therefore, you should for a qualified medical center for this procedure. You might just experience some redness at the site of procedure
Radiofrequency waves can also be used differently but with the same principle in a treatment called radiofrequency lipolysis.
Lipolysis is a procedure in which accumulated fat in skin layers is prompted to melt or break down through the action of heat by RF waves.
There are other mediums through which lipolysis can be done but in this case, heat energy melts the extra fat in a targeted part of the body to perform slimming procedures.
Any body parts like stomach, thighs etc. with a localized fat bulge can easily be reduced by targeting the subcutaneous layer that accumulates fat cells.
RF lipolysis can be used for face slimming procedures as well where people are hesitant to use surgical procedures.
Certain parts of your face where you might want effects of slimming can be treated with radiofrequency.
This non-surgical procedure not only takes away the fear of pain and incisions but also delivers results. The equipment does not even touch your body and is used from a distance. It does not require any anesthesia or down time.
Although it is a procedure that many might choose to do but it is very suitable for people with dark skin tones.
Benefits of Radiofrequency Lipolysis
These are some of the benefits of this procedure:
- This procedure is a non-invasive procedure of fat reduction.
- It is painless compared with other fat reduction treatments.
- It gives your body a contoured shape with flexible skin due to the action of radiofrequency waves.
- There is no anesthesia and minimal recovery time.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to treat chronic pain in back and neck or pain that is related to arthritis. It helps to reduce pain in these body parts. Its effects remain for a longer period of time. Along with an improvement in pain, it helps with their movement as well.
The process basically uses a radiofrequency needle to heat up part of the nerve that transmits pain signals to the brain. This prevents the transmission of nerve signals to the brain.
This effect of this procedure, depending on the cause of the pain, can last somewhere between 6 months to a year.
A majority number of patients feel relief from this procedure which is why radiofrequency treatments are quite popular.
If you have any infections or bleeding wounds, you are not appropriate to get this treatment. It is important to have thorough consultations with your doctor before you decide to go through this procedure.
Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation:
These are some benefits of this procedure:
- The results of the procedure last quite long.
- This procedure is quite safe.
- Patients do not experience much pain during and after treatment.
- There might be a little swelling and discomfort at the area treated of procedure which subsides in a few days.
- There is a slight risk of bleeding where at the site of procedure.
- The recovery time of this procedure is minimal.
Stay informed and make the right decision…
This guide provides you information about pros and cons of radiofrequency treatments. Keep in mind that this information cannot replace a doctor’s advice. Use both sources to decide what you want for yourself. Because only you can decide what you want and what’s best for your body.