What is Radio Frequency?
Radiofrequency (RF) is a popular treatment that uses oscillating electric currents to generate electromagnetic waves. These wavelengths radiate through space at the speed of light and can range from less than a centimetre to 100 kilometres. Due to this level of frequency, radio waves do not interfere with the neuromuscular structure (unlike simple electrical current) and thus can be safely used for medical and aesthetic practices.
When radiofrequency is conducted through the skin, it penetrates down to the subcutaneous layers, producing an exothermic reaction – meaning it is a catalyst for heat production within the body. In fact, the skin can heat up to 38–40 degrees during radiofrequency treatments.
This has many physiological effects on the dermis, the primary being tightening, firming and brightening, and this is because the thermal reaction causes the contraction of collagen in the short term and collagen synthesis in the long term, tightening the underlying skin structures without damaging the top layer.
It is particularly effective on areas that commonly suffer from skin laxity such as the brows, jowls, jaw and neck, ensuring skin looks lifted even after just one application.
What does it feel like?
Radio frequency is a very relaxing treatment that most clients find enjoyable. The device will emit heat which will feel pleasant and comfortable and is often compared to a hot stone massage
Are there any side effects?
You may see some slight redness or the skin may feel warm to touch following the treatment. These effects will usually subside very quickly.
When will I see the results?
Each client is different and your results are dependent on your own body’s reaction time. Many clients see results immediately however, a course of treatments is recommended for real results followed by maintenance sessions.
A course of 8 treatments are recommended (spaced at 7-14 days apart depending on your skin type) for best results.
Maintenance treatments are then recommended at 4-6 weekly intervals.