Radio Frequency (RF) Treatments for Body Sculpting & Skin Tightening

Aesthetics Daily – Medical-grade technologies such as radio frequency (RF) are of great help to dermatologists and aesthetic practitioners in treating various skin conditions that patients often experience. Not only treating signs of aging like fine lines, sagging skin and wrinkles, radio frequency therapy is also able to treat the most common skin conditions such as acne.

RF treatment is ideal for both men and women who suffer from broken capillaries, cellulite, stretch marks, sun damage, dry and thin skin as well as redness. A number of aesthetic device manufacturers are taking advantage of innovative RF technology for body contouring and skin tightening including Thermage, Viora, Exilis, NuEra Tight, Morpheus 8, Pellevé, Venus Freeze, EndymedTighten, and Profound RF.

The RF procedure, which is actually nothing new, has been around for decades but has developed rapidly in recent years. RF technology has become a mainstay in the aesthetic industry because it offers a wide range of benefits with minimal risks and side effects.

What is Radio Frequency?

Basically, radio frequency is energy that has the ability to produce heat. In the aesthetics industry specifically, radio frequency refers to cosmetic procedures that use heat energy to be delivered to the skin.

The heat energy will then cause controlled micro injuries to the skin which will trigger the formation of new collagen and elastin. Radio frequency treatments that can be performed on the face and all over the body serve to tighten and lift the skin with little to no downtime.

Typically, a radio frequency session takes about 30 to 45 minutes. To guarantee a more even and more efficient treatment, doctors use a grid approach to application.

Those with loose skin especially on the face, neck, stomach, arms, thighs and chin are ideal candidates for RF treatment. In addition, radio frequency treatment is also suitable for individuals with loose skin after surgical procedures.

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How is RF Performed?

First of all, the doctor asks the patient to lie down and measures and marks the treated area. To provide protection for the skin, the patient is given numbing medicine and cooling gel.

After that, the doctor or esthetician places the tip of RF device on the patient’s skin and applies pressure as needed. This process aims to send heat waves to the deeper layers of the skin. To achieve the expected result, this process is repeated several times.

The RF device used is equipped with a built-in cooling system to provide epidermal cooling during and after treatment. This feature primarily aims to maintain patient comfort and safety.

Benefits of Radio Frequency

One of the greatest benefits of radio frequency therapy is the gradual change in the skin look. When RF works, the old damaged skin will be replaced with a new one. Naturally, the new, firmer skin makes your skin look younger than before.

1. Reduction of body fat

The radio frequency targets the subcutaneous fat and then melts it. The melted fat then goes through a natural elimination process.

2. Treatment without surgery

You can return to your daily activities immediately after your treatment because RF is a non-invasive procedure.

3. Cellulite reduction

Fat deposits push through the connective tissue under the skin causing the appearance of cellulite. This subcutaneous fat causes dimples in the skin, especially on the thighs and hips of women.

The RF waves emitted from the device target the subcutaneous fat by heating the layer of fat under the skin. The effect of increasing blood circulation and tightening the skin causes fat deposits to be drained through the lymphatic system. In turn, this process will reduce the appearance of cellulite.

4. Skin tightening

The process of skin cell regeneration decreases with age. This causes a variety of common skin problems including wrinkles, loss of collagen and elastin, fine lines, skin sagging and sagging skin.

The radio frequency process stimulates protein fiber and collagen production which in turn results in younger and more elastic skin.


Some patients report that RF procedure is relatively quick and nearly painless. RF treatment is less risky than plastic surgery or invasive procedures such as facelifts or liposuction. Depending on the provider and how the treatment is carried out, RF therapy is generally safe for the patient.

RF can treat patients with different skin tones without causing permanent discoloration. While RF treatment is suitable for all skin types, it is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals prone to skin infections or allergies.

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